Nearly 100 animated projects from 24 European countries are headed to Cartoon Forum this year. This announcement from the annual pitch fest follows recent news that the showcase would move forward as an in-person event, despite risks related to COVID-19.
Overall, 90 projects—or 521 hours of content with a total budget of US$583 million (€381 million)—will be presented at the 31st Cartoon Forum in France between September 14 and 17.
The event is being revamped to be more pandemic-friendly, and measures include cancelling all shared lunches and dinners, as well as staggering seating in the pitch rooms.
More than 140 projects were submitted for this year’s lineup. France leads the list with 36 projects, followed by Ireland with eight, Denmark and Spain with six. Belgium, Finland and the UK have four projects apiece.
As far as content goes, animation aimed at six to 11s accounts for 38 (43%) of the projects, followed by series for preschoolers (30 projects), family audiences (11), young adults (eight) and teenagers (three). Genre-wise, 65% of the selections are 2D-animated, while only 22% are 3D/CG.
Books, comic books and live-action films serve as a major source of inspiration for this year’s crop of selected pitches, 20 of which are adaptions. They include Open Bar by Les films du poisson rouge, and Zombillenium by Maybe Movies, both based on comic books.
Several well-known studios will be presenting at this year’s event, including Xilam Animation, Cyber Group Studios and Vivement Lundi!, alongside a fresh crop of new talent such as Germany’s Eagle Eye (The Very Hairy Alphabet, pictured) and France’s Laidak Films.