The 15th edition of Cartoon Forum concluded in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, over the weekend with the awarding of the Cartoon D’or. Five films were nominated this year but the standout entry was Fast Film by Virgil Widrich of Austria.
Fast Film employs an innovative cut-out animation style that has images of classic movie stars on the run from other film icons, such as Frankenstein’s Monster and Godzilla. The frantic and funny chase ensues by car, rail and plane with a pace that lives up to the film’s title.
This year’s other nominees were Concert for a Carrot Pie by Heiki Ernits and Janno Pöldma (Estonia, 11:37), The Crab Revolution by Arthur De Pins (France, 4:50), The Phantom Inventory by Franck Dion (France 9:44) and Through My Thick Glasses by Pjotr Sapegin (Norway 13:00).
The nominated films were selected from prize-winners at Cartoon’s partnering European animation festivals including Biennal of Animation in Bratislava, Slovakia; Cinanima in Espinho, Portugal; I Castelli Animati in Genzano di Roma, Italy; Anima 2003 in Brussels, Belgium; Internationales Trickfilm Festival in Stuttgart, Germany; and Festival International du Film d’Animation in Annecy, France.
Cartoon Forum is an annual event dedicated to helping European animation producers find financing and co-production deals. This year saw some 700 potential partners or investors show up to look at 69 new animated TV productions from 15 European countries, including new member countries Poland and Slovenia. The 2004 edition was organized by CARTOON (AEFA), with the support of MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Xunta de Galicia and Xacobeo 2004 and Caixa Galicia.