Cartoon Forum Showcased Strength in Europe

The animation industry in Europe is in a good position to compete on a worldwide level at this year’s Cartoon Forum Rogaland in Stavanger, Norway.

The 20th annual event, which ended Friday, drew more than 700 animation professionals from across the continent and previewed 61 new projects. According to event organizers, some 310 hours of content with a budget of 148 million euros were presented at the show.

The ten projects that garnered the most interest among broadcasters, investors, producers and distributors were:

Boo Boo Dolls (Germany)

Granny O’Grimm (Ireland)

Skybabies (UK)

Kinky & Cosy (France)

Me and my Robot (France)

The Flying Squirrels (Spain)

The Secret Life of Suckers (Spain)

Copy Cut (France)

Pigly (France)

Dustbunnies (UK).

The event takes credit for increasing the number of European co-productions, which are up from last year, as well as the growth of animation outside the established production powerhouses of Ireland, Belgium, and the Nordic countries.

Honored at the Cartoon Tributes, presented at the fest, were NRK as Best Broadcaster, Cake Entertainment as Best Investor/Distributor and Brown Bag Films as Best Producer.

As we’ve already reported, Irish director David O’Reilly took the Cartoon d’Or 2009 for his short film Please Say Something.