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This year’s Cartoon Movie, organized by CARTOON (from 8th to 10th March), ended successfully at Palais des Congrès in Bordeaux, France. It was the first Cartoon Movie, which moved from Lyon to Bordeaux, and gathered 850 participants (+14% compared to 2016) from 41 different countries. 221 buyers including 125 distributors and sales agents got together for the professional pitch forum, which has lead the European animated film industry for about two decades. The increased number of animated films for adults (33% of projects) followed the trend in recent years.

Cartoon Movie 2017 Statistics

1. Projects

The selected 55 projects of animated feature films were presented from 19 countries for a total budget of 303.5 million EUR, representing 76 program hours.

2. Number of projects by country

France 17 Norway 2 Iceland 1
Germany 5 Canada 2 Romania 1
Belgium 5 Ireland 2 Sweden 1
United Kingdom 4 Italy 1 Ukraine 1
Netherlands 3 Poland 1
Spain 3 Luxembourg 1
Denmark 2 Georgia 1

3. Number of projects by status

Completed films (sneak previews) 3
Films in production 9
Projects in development 27
Projects in concept 16

4. Number of projects by target audience

Young adults/adults 17
Teenagers 1
Family/Children 35
Pre-school 2

Trailers for pitched projects

The top 10 projects attracting the most interest

Zombillenium directed by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord, produced by Maybe Movies (France) and Belvision (Belgium)

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales directed by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert, produced by FOLIVARI (France), STUDIOCANAL (France) and Panique! (Belgium)

Miss Saturne directed by Jérôme Combe & Barbara Israël, produced by Prima Linea Productions (France), Artemis Productions (Belgium) and Fortiche Production (France)

Wolfwalkers directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, produced by Cartoon Saloon (Ireland)

Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary directed by Rémi Chayé, produced by Maybe Movies (France) and Sacrebleu Productions (France)

Kensuke’s Kingdom directed by Neil Boyle and Kirk Hendry, produced by Lupus Films (United Kingdom), Jigsaw Films (United Kingdom), Melusine Productions (Luxembourg) and Spirit Base (United Kingdom)

The Prince’s Journey directed by Jean-François Laguionie, produced by Blue Spirit Productions (France)

Charlotte directed by Bibo Bergeron, produced by Les Productions Balthazar (France), Walking The Dog (Belgium), January Films (Canada), Les Films du Poisson Rouge (France) and Folimage (France)

The Siren directed by Sepideh Farsi produced by Les Films d’Ici (France) and Lunanime (Belgium)

Super Vinamotor directed by Stéphanie Lansaque and François Leroy, produced by Je suis bien content (France)

Cartoon Movie Tributes 2017

The Cartoon Movie Tributes 2017, one of European animation’s most prestigious prizes for outstanding contribution to the development of European animation over the last year, were decided by the votes of participants.

The winners are:

Director of the Year: Claude Barras (Switzerland) for his long feature My Life as a Courgette.

Distributor of the Year: Angel Films (Denmark) – distributor in Scandinavian countries of My Life as a Courgette, Phantom Boy, Ernest & Celestine, Pinocchio and Tad, The Lost Explorer.

Producers of the Year: Rita productions (Switzerland), Blue Spirit Productions and Gebeka Films (France) for My Life as a Courgette.

Cartoon Games & Apps

In collaboration with Bordeaux Games, Pôle Image Magelis and CATS (Cluster Aquitain duTransmedia Storytelling), “Cartoon Games & Apps”, organized by Cartoon, was held at the same venue of Cartoon Movie on 8th March. This year, they welcomed 43 companies from the European game industry, including Ubisoft, Shinypix, Remote Control Productions, Waveor, and Solidanim. And they have more than 300 meeting (matchmaking sessions of 20 minutes each) with 61 European animation producers.

Spotlight on Animation from Flanders

As the same as “Spotlight on Ireland” at Cartoon Forum, Cartoon Movie started to feature specific regions in the spotlight. The first region to go under the full glare of the media was Flanders. According to Cartoon, Flanders has 22 very active and creative animation production companies, and Flemish animation producers play an essential part in international co-productions, contributing to Oscar-nominated films such as The Triplets of Belleville, The Secret of Kells and A Cat in Paris. Presentations by Flemish studios were played during Croissant Shows.