For the second consecutive year Ireland took the Cartoon Tributes, awarded by the event’s participants in honour of this year’s outstanding contributors. Dublin-based Jam Media and Monster Entertainment were recognized as Producer and Investor of the year, respectively, while Broadcaster of the Year went to Gulli, the free DTT French channel part of Lagardère Group.
Meanwhile, Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels’ stop-motion short film Oh Willy… received the Cartoon d’Or 2012, the pan-European award for new talent in animation. The award was given by French director Michel Ocelot on Thursday 13th September in Toulouse. Produced by Belgian company Beast Animation together with Polaris Film & Finance, Vivement Lundi! (France) and il Luster Productions (Netherlands), “Oh Willy…” has received more than ten awards since its international première in Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, in January 2012. The short was chosen among 31 prize-winning films from Europe’s most prestigious animation festivals over the past year.
European animation showed its strength in Toulouse, where broadcasters and investors gave an enthusiastic welcome to the new generation of series pitched at the latest edition of Cartoon Forum, the European animation event that ended on 14th September in this south-western city of France.
With record participation of more than 800 professionals, the event gave a fresh boost to 69 new animated projects from across Europe, which were trying to clinch financing. Fifteen European countries were involved in the series, which together comprised 422 hours of animation and a total investment of more than 230 million Euros.
The event’s line-up was marked by the diversity and creativity that has driven European animation’s position as leader on its territory with 60% market share, according to data provided by the forum’s organisers, CARTOON.
The series included a wide range of genres from character-driven comedies, educational shows, action and adventure series, classic tales, documentaries and thrillers. Series for young adults and adults continue to gain ground in an industry oriented mainly towards children aged 6-12 and pre-schoolers.
Toulouse also revealed growing interest in European animation with a 360-degree approach, creating content for television as well as for other screens and digital devices.
The surge of new studios throughout Europe – many of which pitched their projects in Toulouse – rounded up this positive sector picture, confirming that one of European animation’s main assets is its inexhaustible pool of talent.
CARTOON FORUM 2012 IN NUMBERS
- 800 participants -including 250 broadcasters and investors- coming from 33 countries
- 69 projects from 15 European countries
- The projects represent 422 hours of animation and a 231.8 million euro global investment
- 39 % of the projects are aimed at children 4-12 years
- Projects made for young adults and adults rising to 16% of the total from 6% in 2011
- 2D projects represent 52 % of the total
- Average cost per minute: 9,154 EUR
- 15 projects (22 %) are co-productions among two or more European countries.