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Industry Report: Animation

Articles, interviews and special reports about the European animated film market, a thriving audiovisual sector that regularly produces masterpieces

Industry Report: Animation
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The 2022 edition of Cartoon Forum ends on a high note, with record attendance figures and Tribute Awards

Cartoon 2022 – Cartoon Forum/Awards

The 2022 edition of Cartoon Forum ends on a high note, with record attendance figures and Tribute Awards

Two Spanish outfits, GoldBee and Peekaboo Animation, were respectively crowned Investor and Producer of the Year, whilst Germany’s KiKA snagged Broadcaster of the Year  

23 September 2022

María Peña Mateos • Chief executive officer, ICEX/Animation from Spain

“With Latin America, we share our culture, our language and many other things, but of course, Europe remains our natural market”

María Peña Mateos • Chief executive officer, ICEX/Animation from Spain

Our chat focused on ICEX and Animation from Spain’s activities at this year’s Cartoon Forum and the benefits of producing animated projects in the Iberian country  

22 September 2022

REPORT: Cartoon Next 2022

Cartoon 2022 - Cartoon Next

REPORT: Cartoon Next 2022

We present details of three intriguing projects that were pitched at the inaugural edition of Cartoon Next, which ran in Marseille from 12-15 April  

25 April 2022

At Cartoon Next, Pascal Charrue, Arnaud Delord and Hervé Dupont talk about the making of Arcane

Cartoon 2022 – Cartoon Next

At Cartoon Next, Pascal Charrue, Arnaud Delord and Hervé Dupont talk about the making of Arcane

Supervised by Riot Games, the team at French studio Fortiche Production worked on the successful Netflix animated series set in the League of Legends universe  

22 April 2022

At Cartoon Next, experts discuss diversity when co-producing animated projects

Cartoon 2022 – Cartoon Next

At Cartoon Next, experts discuss diversity when co-producing animated projects

Alexandre Charlet focused on the challenges of co-producing with smaller countries, whilst Telidja Klaï spoke about Ketnet’s commitment to diversity  

21 April 2022

At Cartoon Next, Céleste Surugue shares the secrets behind Asterix's success story

Cartoon 2022 - Cartoon Next

At Cartoon Next, Céleste Surugue shares the secrets behind Asterix's success story

Éditions Albert René's general director talked about the development of the franchise and how it became one of the most popular worldwide  

20 April 2022

Luca Milano and Chrystel Poncet explore the new European benchmarks in animation

Cartoon 2022 – Cartoon Next

Luca Milano and Chrystel Poncet explore the new European benchmarks in animation

During the Cartoon Next talk, the two speakers highlighted the need for increased co-productions and for a new European model as an alternative to the American and Japanese ones  

15 April 2022

Masako Kudo • Distributor, Child Film

“In Japan, family-orientated animation films from foreign countries are quite complicated to distribute”

Masako Kudo • Distributor, Child Film

The Japanese distributor talked through Child Film’s efforts to bring European arthouse animated films to the country and how the local audience has changed over the last two years  

16 March 2022

REPORT: Cartoon Movie 2022

Cartoon 2022 – Cartoon Movie

REPORT: Cartoon Movie 2022

We present details of three intriguing projects that were presented at this year’s Cartoon Movie, which ran in Bordeaux from 8-10 March  

16 March 2022

Gints Zibalodis’ Flow and Edmunds Jansons’ Born Happy form the Latvian contingent at this year’s Cartoon Movie

Cartoon 2022 - Cartoon Movie

Gints Zibalodis’ Flow and Edmunds Jansons’ Born Happy form the Latvian contingent at this year’s Cartoon Movie

The two features, both in the development phase and backed by the National Film Centre of Latvia, were pitched at the three-day gathering that took place in Bordeaux  

16 March 2022

Tine Klint • Founder and CEO, LevelK

“The world is now more open than ever to different techniques, styles and formats”

Tine Klint • Founder and CEO, LevelK

The founder and CEO of the Danish sales and distribution firm spoke about animated content, working practices and the team’s activities at Cartoon Movie  

15 March 2022

Adrien Desanges • Co-founder, Benshi

"We like the idea of films and cinema offering, as well as the urgency of meeting with an artist"

Adrien Desanges • Co-founder, Benshi

The co-founder of the French streaming platform talked through its mission and curation strategy as well as its activities at this year’s Cartoon Movie  

14 March 2022

At the EFM, experts explore the intersections between animation, gaming, VR, AR and XR

Berlinale 2022 – EFM

At the EFM, experts explore the intersections between animation, gaming, VR, AR and XR

BERLINALE 2022: Three panellists were asked to talk through their work, the future opportunities that these new intersections can create, and how they can affect storytelling in animation and gaming  

11 February 2022

At the Malta Film Week, John Powell talks scoring animated films

Industry / Market - Malta

At the Malta Film Week, John Powell talks scoring animated films

The English artist shared some takeaways on his job, the complex relationship between composer and director, and his sources of inspirations  

02 February 2022

The ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum asks: What gets producers and directors moving?

Industry / Market - Poland

The ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum asks: What gets producers and directors moving?

Good chemistry, decent working conditions and finding perfection in imperfection, among other things, were mentioned during the “Cooperation Between Creator and Producer in Stop Motion” debate  

21 December 2021

Karen Vermeulen and Diego Ibañez Belaustegui profile animation buyers at Cartoon Business

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Business

Karen Vermeulen and Diego Ibañez Belaustegui profile animation buyers at Cartoon Business

The two speakers talked through how buyers’ habits have changed, their financial resources, the types of content they are looking for and the different types of deals they aim to seal  

15 December 2021

At Cartoon Business, experts reveal the golden rules for surviving animated co-productions

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Business

At Cartoon Business, experts reveal the golden rules for surviving animated co-productions

Kristine M.I. Knudsen and Philippe Alessandri shared the dos and the don'ts for forming a creatively stimulating and financially solid co-production partnership  

13 December 2021

At Cartoon Business, Antti Haikala and Solveig Langeland discuss the most recent changes in producing animated features

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Business

At Cartoon Business, Antti Haikala and Solveig Langeland discuss the most recent changes in producing animated features

The two speakers talked through the challenges of portraying diversity and touched on European animation’s USP, among other topics  

13 December 2021

“Investors want to see the green, but they’re also looking for passion and strong teams,” say the experts at Cartoon Business

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Business

“Investors want to see the green, but they’re also looking for passion and strong teams,” say the experts at Cartoon Business

Philippe Alessandri and Reginald de Guillebon provided top advice on dealing with potential backers and how to create fruitful investment partnerships to drive the growth of animation studios  

10 December 2021

What future awaits linear pubcasters producing and commissioning animated content?

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Business

What future awaits linear pubcasters producing and commissioning animated content?

At Cartoon Business, three experts shared parts of their reshaped editorial strategies, in response to the growing role of platforms and the most recent shifts in consumption  

10 December 2021

The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes a new report on European animation

Industry / Market - Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes a new report on European animation

Despite European animation's high export potential, the USA and Japan remain by far the top providers of animated films  

06 December 2021

Cyber Group Studios expands global reach for Gigantosaurus and Droners with leading broadcasters and platforms

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - France

Cyber Group Studios expands global reach for Gigantosaurus and Droners with leading broadcasters and platforms

The French studio has also pre-sold its new series 50/50 Heroes to Discovery in Latin America and Disney Japan  

01 December 2021

How can 360 strategies help children (and adults) fight climate change? The experts have their say

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon 360

How can 360 strategies help children (and adults) fight climate change? The experts have their say

At Cartoon 360, four experts shared their experiences in producing impactful content and campaigns to sensitise younger audiences to the current environmental crisis  

19 November 2021

At Cartoon 360, Edouard Gaudel and Luc Verdier reveal how narrative video games can help expand your IPs

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon 360

At Cartoon 360, Edouard Gaudel and Luc Verdier reveal how narrative video games can help expand your IPs

The two experts shared their experiences on transforming Firebird and Blacksad's great stories into successful narrative video games  

19 November 2021

Cyber Group Studios’ experts uncover 360-degree brand strategies at Cartoon 360

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon 360

Cyber Group Studios’ experts uncover 360-degree brand strategies at Cartoon 360

Olivier Lelardoux and Andreas Carlen delved into the studio’s moves to develop brand awareness, a process that now requires the implementation of a new exposure cycle  

18 November 2021

Sara Cabras • Co-Productions and Pre-Acquisitions, RAI Ragazzi

“We know only too well how hard it is for young people to see their projects through when they don’t have a studio behind them”

Sara Cabras • Co-Productions and Pre-Acquisitions, RAI Ragazzi

We discussed the importance of Cartoon Springboard for young Italian and European film talent while interviewing the Italian expert at the event  

05 November 2021

At Cartoon Springboard, Ketnet’s Telidja Klaï delves into developmental psychology and content strategies

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Springboard

At Cartoon Springboard, Ketnet’s Telidja Klaï delves into developmental psychology and content strategies

On day 3 of the event, the expert highlighted how scientific knowledge of children’s behaviour may help creators and commissioners deliver content capable of stimulating younger audiences  

03 November 2021

At Cartoon Springboard, Julien Papelier and Lila Hannou explore the new frontiers of animation and publishing

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Springboard

At Cartoon Springboard, Julien Papelier and Lila Hannou explore the new frontiers of animation and publishing

The two speakers outlined Dupuis Publishing and Média Participations’ new editorial strategies, which go beyond the traditional “publishing-animation” paradigm  

28 October 2021

Suzanne Kelly  • Head of Children’s and Young People’s Content, RTÉ

“As a broadcaster, to be sited amidst all of this amazing talent is really a privilege”

Suzanne Kelly • Head of Children’s and Young People’s Content, RTÉ

We chatted to the Irish executive about this year’s rich slate of national projects, the latest trends in terms of consumption and working practices, and RTÉ’s editorial strategy  

04 October 2021

REPORT: Cartoon Forum 2021

Cartoon 2021 – Cartoon Forum

REPORT: Cartoon Forum 2021

We present a rundown of the most interesting projects introduced at this year’s Cartoon Forum, which ran in Toulouse from 21-23 September  

28 September 2021

This year’s Cartoon Forum celebrates Portuguese animation

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Forum

This year’s Cartoon Forum celebrates Portuguese animation

In Toulouse, we discovered the five new projects presented by Portuguese creatives, two of which are co-produced with Spain  

24 September 2021

It’s a wrap for the 2021 edition of Cartoon Forum

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Forum

It’s a wrap for the 2021 edition of Cartoon Forum

The prestigious co-production and pitching forum for animated TV series saw the triumph of Belgian broadcaster Ketnet and French outfits MIAM! Animation and TAT productions  

24 September 2021

A digital panel explores the benefits of inclusive storytelling in animation at Cannes

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

A digital panel explores the benefits of inclusive storytelling in animation at Cannes

CANNES 2021: The panel, featuring representatives of Disney and the International Sámi Film Institute, showcased the companies’ successful collaboration on Frozen 2  

12 July 2021

The Cartoon Digital experts draw their conclusions and assess the future of European animation

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Digital

The Cartoon Digital experts draw their conclusions and assess the future of European animation

Three speedy round-tables, moderated by Kickback Media founder John Lomas-Bullivant, brought this year's edition of Cartoon Digital to a close  

01 June 2021

Are digital platforms driving the future of children’s content?

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Digital

Are digital platforms driving the future of children’s content?

A panel hosted by this year’s edition of Cartoon Digital explored the latest consumption trends  

01 June 2021

A smoother, slicker and more exciting creative future awaits CG animators

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Digital

A smoother, slicker and more exciting creative future awaits CG animators

At Cartoon Digital, experts discussed the most recent developments in digital production and how these are being accelerated by game engines and VR  

31 May 2021

Cartoon Digital asks: “What are the new distribution and co-production opportunities for animation producers?”

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Digital

Cartoon Digital asks: “What are the new distribution and co-production opportunities for animation producers?”

Gaumont's Karen Vermeulen and Sola Media's Solveig Langeland shared their takes on the topic during a panel hosted by the online event  

31 May 2021

Building a strong digital presence is essential, say experts at Cartoon Digital

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Digital

Building a strong digital presence is essential, say experts at Cartoon Digital

The panel saw the participation of Entertainment One president Olivier Dumont and Rainbow’s SVP Contents and Acquisitions, Cristiana Buazzelli  

28 May 2021

At Cartoon Digital, animation decision-makers discuss how to nurture fresh, diverse talents

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Digital

At Cartoon Digital, animation decision-makers discuss how to nurture fresh, diverse talents

The talk, entitled “Roadmaps for New Digital Talents”, saw the participation of Marco Berardi from Italy's Boing and Miles Bullough from the UK's Wildseed Studios  

28 May 2021

Maite Woköck • Producer, Telescope Animation

“Animation for children is the most successful segment of German film abroad”

Maite Woköck • Producer, Telescope Animation

The German Producer on the Move talks about the status of animated films in the German market  

17 May 2021

Screen Ireland’s Talent Development Academy for Animation to be led by Animation Ireland

Industry / Market - Ireland

Screen Ireland’s Talent Development Academy for Animation to be led by Animation Ireland

The national audiovisual agency’s new initiative will commit to nurturing diverse and regional talent, and creating opportunities on the national level  

13 April 2021

Martin Kotík • President, Association of Czech Animation Film

“We have a number of new animation productions and studios which arose out of nothing but their own desire for existence and creativity”

Martin Kotík • President, Association of Czech Animation Film

The current president of the Association of Czech Animation Film breaks down the state of the Czech animation industry today  

13 April 2021

Anne-Sophie Vanhollebeke • President, Cartoon Italia

“Zoom calls fail to excite the market”

Anne-Sophie Vanhollebeke • President, Cartoon Italia

The hardships suffered by the Italian audiovisual industry as a result of the pandemic have also hit the animation sector, according to the president of Cartoon Italia  

02 April 2021

Cartoon Movie indicates the great tendencies of European animated cinema in 2021

Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Movie

Cartoon Movie indicates the great tendencies of European animated cinema in 2021

Projects aimed at adults, themes touching on the environment, documentary style, and a stream of novel and comic book adaptations: here are the main teachings to be taken from the 23rd Cartoon Movie  

22 March 2021

Sébastien Onomo  • Producer, Special Touch Studios

"Platforms approach the question of who their target audience is differently"

Sébastien Onomo • Producer, Special Touch Studios

The head of Special Touch Studios tells us about his three projects presented at Cartoon Movie — from Denis Do, Nadia Nakhlé and Anca Damian — and the sector’s current situation  

10 March 2021

Mickaël Marin  • Director of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and MIFA

"Arguably, the unifying role played by Annecy has never been so strong”

Mickaël Marin • Director of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and MIFA

Mickaël Marin, the director of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and its market, MIFA, sheds light on the challenges involved in the online organisation of the event (15-30 June)  

11 June 2020

Anne-Sophie Vanhollebeke • President, Cartoon Italia

"We reorganised ourselves but COVID-19 has overcome our plans”

Anne-Sophie Vanhollebeke • President, Cartoon Italia

We asked Anne-Sophie Vanhollebeke, president of Cartoon Italia, about how the Italian animation industry has reacted to the current health crisis  

09 April 2020

Europa Distribution discussed the current situation of animation at Cartoon Movie

Cartoon 2020 - Cartoon Movie

Europa Distribution discussed the current situation of animation at Cartoon Movie

The network's members put the spotlight on recent films distributed all across Europe, such as Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles, Pachamama and Manou the Swift  

19 March 2020

Véronique Encrenaz  • Head of MIFA

“There is a big audience for children animation films but concerning adult animation films, it is more difficult because audiences are not used to it yet”

Véronique Encrenaz • Head of MIFA

Véronique Encrenaz explains MIFA’s different markets and the important role that students play during the festival  

22 February 2020

EAVE IMPACT explores the challenges of producing animated films for adults

EAVE

EAVE IMPACT explores the challenges of producing animated films for adults

The second episode of the second season of EAVE IMPACT ONE-TO-ONE features a discussion between animation director Aisha Al-Jaidah and Charades co-founder Yohann Comte  

13 December 2019

Discussing the distribution of animation films at Cartoon Movies

Industry - France

Discussing the distribution of animation films at Cartoon Movies

Europa Distribution's workshop at Bordeaux's industry event focused on the cases of Ballerina, Richard the Stork, Zombillenium and My Life as a Courgette  

30 March 2018

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