If you happen to be in Germany next week and would like to take a sneak peek of what the European animated feature film community has to offer, you should definitely check out the tenth edition of Cartoon Movie (March 5-7) in Potsdam/Babelsberg.
Kicking off this year’s lineup is a special presentation of Futurikon/Luxanimation’s Dragon Hunters, the CG feature spin off of the animated series, directed by Guillaume Ivernel and Arthur Qwak. Other notable toons unspooling at the confab are director Ben Stassen’s Fly Me to the Moon (nWave/Illuminata’s venture which is billed as the first European film in stereoscopic 3D), Xilam/Dargaud Marina’s Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure(directed by Olivier Jean Marie), Filmax’s Donkey Xote (directed by Jose Pozo), A.Film’s Jungo Goes Bananas (directed by Jorgen Lerdam, Flemming Quist Moller and Anders Sorensen) Rothkirch/Warner Bros.’s Little Dodo (directed by by Thilo Rothkirch and Ute von Munchow-Pohl) and Animation X/Medienfonds GFP’s The Three Robbers (directed by Hayo Freitag).
Overall, ten finished movies, ten films in production and 28 new films in development will be presented during the three-day event. Cartoon Movie will also include a special coaching program, created in 2002 to support new talents. Twenty-five students from various European animation schools are participating in the workshop, sponsored by the German Federal Film Board (FFA).
Cartoon Movie is organized by the European Association of Animation Film. Event partners include MEDIA Program of the EU, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Land Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienf’rderung (MDM), Filmf’rderungsanstalt / German Federal Film Board (FFA), fx.Center Babelsberg and Studio Babelsberg. For more info, go to www.cartoon-media.be.