‘Cartoon Forum’ Europe’s Premiere Animation Pitching Conference Celebrates It’s 25th Year


Over the last 25 years, European animation found a firm supporter in Cartoon, an international non-profit organization based in Brussels, dedicated to helping animation professionals through the creation of several year-round events and seminars.  Cartoon Forum is one such event, slated to run from September 23-26 in Toulouse.

According to their website, “Cartoon Forum is a unique event focusing on pitching sessions of pre-selected TV projects, where animation producers can find cross-border partners and speed up financial arrangements.  It allows co-productions to be finalized, pre-buys agreed, negotiation of distribution agreements, options discussed on every type of right, and licensing of secondary rights.”

This year boasts the largest submissions numbering nearly 150, up nearly 50% and out of those 150 submissions 79 animation projects will be showcased.  Each project will be given 30 minutes to convince buyers, the website continues, “The pitching sessions are the core element of the Cartoon Forum; each project is presented in 30 minutes to all potential partners gathered in the same room.  A new category has been created: Short Pitch sessions, where several projects will be pitched in 10 minutes.  The screening of trailers in front of all participants during the traditional breakfast, Croissant & Coffee Shows gives a taste of the project and encourages people to attend the pitching sessions. ”

With a track record of 1 out of 3 projects gaining funding, this is an exciting and integral avenue for creators of animated works.  Check out Cartoon‘s website for complete details, here.


The film that inspired Studio Ghibli: BFI (British Film Institute) & Isao Takahata

5ec4a4d2bacc570f4c5bb368261e81fdGreat piece on the film that inspired Studio Ghibli alum Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) and helped to form his love and work in animation: the French work “The King and the Mockingbird.”

Takahata writes: “Refined colours and exquisite visual perspective creating a fantastical dimension, a series of unexpected ideas, spectacular characterisation, the intense verticality of the world, unique humour – this film was way beyond established ideas at the time and with its surprising and novel ideas showed me the possibilities of animation films.

I was obsessed not only because its expressions were superb but also because I realised that these unexpected ideas and images were not just fantasies or jokes but instead were concealing the difficult and harsh reality of modern history.”

This article coincides with the BFI Southbank launch of a complete Studio Ghibli feature film retrospective from April-May 2014. Read more from the BFI and Takahata here.