Cartoon Forum Announces Its Line-Up With 9 CEE Projects

Cartoon Forum, the pitching and co-production forum for animated TV projects, announced the line-up for its next edition, to be held in person in Toulouse from 20 to 23 September. European animation emerges from the sanitary crisis with 84 new TV series, mini-series, and TV specials projects involving independent studios from 21 countries. With nine projects, Central and Eastern European countries keep the animation production momentum going.

Cartoon Forum’s statistics remain at similar levels to the previous year. Shortlisted from 141 submissions, the 84 selected projects have a total budget of 326.1 M€ with an average cost per series of 3.9 M€, though the cost per minute of animation production has slightly decreased compared to 2020 (11,887 € vs 12,250 €). In total, the projects represent 457 hours of animation, while series formats continue to diversify in response to the new demands, both in terms of number of episodes and running time.

Twenty-one European countries are involved in the projects.  Czech Republic participates with four projects, Poland with three, while Latvia and Ukraine are present with one project each. Serbian and Romanian production companies are involved in one project as well.

The Polish project Robot and the Martians (Badi Badi) entered the line-up after being selected by CEE Animation Forum.

Acorn Elves

TV series – 26 x 11′; Pre-school 4-5; 3D Computer, Painting, Live action
Czech Republic
Director: Pavel Jindra; Scriptwriter: Klára Smolíková; Graphic author: Marcel Legindi; Adaptation from “Acorn Elves” by Petr Václavek
Producer: Radovan Surý, BareBear production

Dinofables

TV series – 26 x 7′; Pre-school 4-5; 2D & 3D Computer, Cut-out
Czech Republic / Serbia / Romania
Scriptwriter: Klára Jůzová; Graphic author: Martina Svojíková
Producer: Martin Jůza, Krutart (CZ); Andrijana Sofranić Šućur, To Blink Animation (RS), Irena Isbasescu, Domestic Film (RO)
> participant at this year´s CEE Animation Workshop

Hello, Oscar!

TV series – 10 x 7′; Children 6-8; 3D Computer
Latvia
Director: Edmunds Jansons; Scriptwriter: Lote Eglite; Graphic author: Reinis Petersons
Adaptation from “Oskar ja asjad” by Andrus Kivirahk
Producer: Sabine Andersone, Atom Art

Hrafn Academy

TV series – 12 x 26′; Young adults/adults; 2D Computer
Ukraine / Iceland
Director: Eugene Ermak; Scriptwriter: Andriy Zlanich; Graphic author: Myroslava Shevchenko
Producer: Kateryna Vyshnevska, Animagrad (UI), Kjartan Thór Thórðarsson, GunHil (IS)

Icky & Poo

TV series – 26 x 6′; Pre-school 4-5; 2D Computer
Poland
Director: Jacek Rokosz; Scriptwriter: Emilia Nedzi; Graphic author: Hilli Kushnir
Producer: Zofia Jaroszuk, Animoon

Robot and the Martians

TV series – 26 x 4′; Children 6+; 2D & 3D Computer
Poland
Directors and scriptwriters: Tom Niedźwiedź & Mikołaj Valencia; Graphic author: Michał Migacz
Producer: Magdalena Rawa, Badi Badi

The Seniors

TV series – 10 x 22′; Young adults/adults; 2D Computer
Czech Republic
Director: Ekaterina Bessonova; Scriptwriter: Ekaterina Bessonova; Graphic author: Kryštof Ulbert
Producer: Zdeněk Holý, Vernes; Martin Vandas, MAUR film

Veggierado

TV series – 13 x 11′; Children 6-11; 2D & 3D Computer
Czech Republic
Director, scriptwriter and graphic author: Jan Bubeníček
Producer: Vladimír Lhoták, Hausboot

Welcome to Mamoko

TV series – 26 x 6′; Pre-school 4-5; 2D Computer; Cross-media concept
Poland
Director: Piotr Różycki; Scriptwriter: Małgorzata Giec; Graphic authors: Piotr Różycki, Klaudia Tabor & Ewa Skowron
Adaptation from “Miasteczko Mamoko (Illustrated Book)” by Aleksandra & Daniel Mizielińscy
Producer: Mateusz Kowalczyk, Pigeon

Accounting for almost half of the selection (41 projects), series aimed at children 6-11 years old continue to gain ground in Cartoon Forum. With 25 projects, pre-school series represent almost a third of the selection, while Young Adults/Adults projects have increased to 17% vs 14% in the previous year.

2D remains the most widely animation technique employed by European producers (56%), although 3D series grows to 28% vs 20% in 2020.

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