The Secret of Kells, a co-production between Ireland, France and Belgium, has won best director (Tomm Moore) and best producer (Cartoon Saloon, Les Armateurs and Vivi Film) of the year at Cartoon Movie Tributes 2009, awards given at the annual Cartoon Movie forum. The three-day event is a business forum for the European animation industry and held its 11th edition 4–6 March in Lyon, France
620 sector professionals came together to see over 50 productions including both completed films and works in progress. One of the new developments of Cartoon Movie 2009 was the participation of producers from the videogame industry. 3D films targeted at family audiences are also extremely popular.
Since 1999, more than 130 projects with a total budget of €800 million have obtained full financing due to this annual forum aimed at strengthening the production and distribution of animated feature films in Europe. Cartoon Movie’s next edition will be held in Lyon from 3–5 March, 2010.
The Secret of Kells is currently on nationwide release in cinemas.