Cartoon Film Celebrates Quarter Century

Cartoon Film Celebrates Quarter Century

Cartoon Film, the European animation sector’s flagship co-production and pitch discussion board, closed out its 25th version besting pre-pandemic attendance numbers, welcoming slightly below 900 business participant and noting a 40% enhance in patrons. Total, 58 function tasks had been offered (and 16 international locations encompassed), and — in a testomony to France’s strong animation ecosystem — Gallic outfits had a hand in almost half of them. The discussion board additionally mirrored the enduring energy of the household market, with 59% of all tasks aimed toward that demographic.

Listed here are 4 takeaways from this yr’s session, which ran from March 7 – 9 in Bordeaux.

A Marquee Occasion

No movie drew higher buzz than “Julián” (pictured above). Led by Eire’s Cartoon Saloon and itemizing Solar Creature (Denmark), Folivari (France), Plane Photos (Canada) and Wychwood Media (U.Okay.) as co-producers, the household title advantages from the accrued pedigree of titles like “Flee,” “The Breadwinner” and “Ernest and Celestine.” Throw in Wychwood — the banner led by “Harry Potter” and “Implausible Beasts” impresario David Yates — and you’ve got the makings of a blockbuster growth challenge.

Whereas the presentation (maybe unsurprisingly) drew high general attendance numbers, the very challenge spoke to Cartoon Film’s animating principals. A household movie that doesn’t discuss right down to its viewers, “Julián” follows a Dominican American boy and his immigrant grandmother as they make their manner throughout Brooklyn en path to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Tailored from Jessica Love’s acclaimed image e book “Julián Is a Mermaid,” the challenge celebrates the nuances and new avenues of gender expression with the safety afforded by an ecosystem working at full steam. “It takes this type of European co-production to depict trendy Brooklyn,” the panelist cracked onstage.

Cartoon Film Celebrates Quarter Century

‘Moses the Pirate’
Cartoon Film

Buzz Begets Buzz

Winner (alongside plenty of co-production companions) of the Producer of the 12 months prize for “No Canines or Italians Allowed,” French studio Foliascope additionally boasted this yr’s hottest presentation. Inspiring welcome comparisons to the work of Mamoru Hosoda, Foliascope’s 2D-styled “Again to Tomioka” additionally drew the very best variety of patrons. In the meantime, director Sébastien Laudenbach pulled double obligation, introducing his almost completed “Rooster for Linda!” on in the future, earlier than pitching his follow-up, “Love Is a Gypsy Youngster — A Carmen Story,” the subsequent. Dazzled response to the previous little question drew turnout for the latter.

Consumers of a special type had been specific bullish on German household title “Moses the Pirate.” Dropped at sea by Letterbox and Ulysses Filmproduktion and rendered in polished 3D, the movie follows a preteen lass turned fearsome swashbuckler and appears primed for industrial plunder.

Conserving Up With the Zeitgeist

Per Cartoon Film stats, 21% of this yr’s tasks tackled modern points, starting from queer illustration to social inclusion to these ever-present (and ever rising) ecological considerations. Geared toward adults, the 2D comedy “Jim Queen” takes viewers on an irreverent tour of Homosexual Paris, drawing laughter on the presentation and lasting chatter thereafter, whereas the 3D household title “The Legend of Magnus the Good” introduces a younger Viking who discovers his private Valkyries in a trio of time-travelling drag queens. Titles like “Alpha Two’s Dreamed Journey” and “Birds Don’t Look Again” use younger feminine protagonists to discover refugee narratives, whereas “Otis” and “Again to Tomioka” each channel environmental dystopia — one in a distant sci-fi future, and one within the latest fallout of publish Fukushima Japan.     

In fact following the zeitgeist can generally result in uncomfortable ends, as was the case at this yr’s closing press convention, when a delegation of Ukrainian expertise challenged Cartoon Film’s Annick Maes for welcoming Russian patrons. If Maes defended the inclusion in plain mercantile logic — the broader business stands to profit from extra funding, not much less — the testy alternate relatively mockingly underscored her earlier level: For good or in poor health, animation is deeply entwined with the causes and conflicts of the current day.

‘Again to Tomioka’

Communicate Your Fact

Regardless of style, format, or meant viewers, presenters at this yr’s discussion board usually harassed the non-public, even autobiographical, nature of their pitch tasks. If the rhetoric method helped floor displays as different because the 3D fantasy “Ninn” — a couple of portal to an enchanted realm discovered within the Parisian metro — to the 2D tearjerker “Betty’s Dream” — which follows a teen struggling to attach with a severely disabled sibling — the gadget discovered its most potent expression with “Cursed Kids.”

Bolivian filmmaker Matisse Gonzalez claimed this yr’s most effusive response as she detailed her magical realist household saga, which follows the cursed legacy of a clan intimately linked to dictatorship, and which springs – shock, shock – from her personal tortured household historical past. Confronting the load of non-public inheritance and nationwide trauma with a method and tone impressed by the darkish whimsy of “Journey Time,” the challenge was already on a number of producers’ radars earlier than the providential pitch. Then it actually took off.    

‘Cursed Kids’
Cartoon Film


Learn More →