Cartoon Forum Program Takes Shape

Organizers of this year’s Cartoon Forum in the Catalonian city of Girona have selected 60 projects from 12 different countries, representing around 400 hours of content and budgets collectively totalling about ’216 million ($290 million). Multi-platform content has apparently generated increasing interest this year as more than 750 industry professionals get set to head out for the 18th annual event being held Sept. 19-22.

France is the most represented country this year with 15 projects being presented to buyers from around the world. The U.K. is close behind with 12 and Spain with 11. Germany and the Nordic countries will present six projects each. Current trends continue to favor toons in the 26×10-13 format geared to kids 6-13. Also dominant is 2D animation, with the average cost per minute produced standing at around ’10,000 euros ($13,400).

Cartoon Forum Catalunya will also host the Cartoon d’Or 2007 awards ceremony for Best European Animated Short Film and the Cartoon Tributes for television, which doles out kudos for the best producer, broadcaster and investor of the year.

This is the fourth time that the Cartoon Forum is being held in Spain, following editions in Lanzarote (1990), C’rdoba (1999) and Santiago de Compostela (2004). In the 18 years that thee fest has been operating, more than 300 projects have obtained financing to the tune of more than ’1 billion ($1.34 billion) and are currently being produced or broadcast in countries all over the world.

Organized by CARTOON (European Association of Animation Film) Cartoon Forum is supported by partnerships with EU MEDIA Program, Institut Catal’ de les Ind’stries Culturals (ICIC) – Generalitat de Catalunya, Catalan Films & TV and Televisi’ de Catalunya (TVC). The event also has the support of Ajuntament de Girona, Media Antena Catalunya and Universitat de Girona. For further information, go to www.cartoon-media.be.