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Cartoon Movie makes Lyon the place to be for animation

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- The event will showcase 59 animated film projects from across Europe from March 5-7

Cartoon Movie makes Lyon the place to be for animation

A total of 59 animated film projects and over 700 animation professionals will come together at the 16th Cartoon Movie (March 5-7), the European pitching and co-productions forum for animated films.

This year’s line-up comprises 26 conceptual projects, 16 in development and 10 already at the production stage, as well as seven completed films (Belgian movie Aunt Hilda! [+see also:
trailer
interview: Jacques-Rémy Girerd
film profile
]
, Norwegian hit The Christmas of Solan & Ludvig [+see also:
trailer
interview: Rasmus A. Sivertsen
film profile
]
and Italian drama The Art of Happiness [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alessandro Rak
film profile
]
, among others). It secures France’s dominant position within the world of European animation, as the country is participating in one of three projects selected. It also reveals how strong the Nordic countries are presently – Norway will send six projects, Finland four and Sweden another three. Other countries such as Germany, Italy and Poland will also prove their mettle by entering four projects each into the forum.

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While most titles could be labelled as family-orientated films, there is a growing presence of movies for adults, tackling political and historical issues such as the former Yugoslavian Civil War, the Khmer Rouge’s years in Cambodia and the Armenian Genocide, in addition to psychological and introspective topics. Transmedia projects will also be present in the line-up, ranging from literary adaptations (from Haruki Murakami to Maya the Bee) and reworkings of videogames to exploring the boundaries between animation, fiction, documentary and archive footage.

Cartoon Movie, supported by MEDIA, has helped over 215 films to enter into production and be released around the globe since its creation, and this year it will aim to increase that number by expanding to non-European territories (selecting projects with co-financing from Australia, Canada and India) and opening new sections (Cartoon Games).

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