Cartoon Forum Turns 15

Cartoon Forum, the annual event dedicated to helping European animation producers find financing and co-production deals, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Organised by CARTOON (AEFA), with the support of MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Xunta de Galicia and Xacobeo 2004 and Caixa Galicia, the 2004 edition will take place Sept. 22-25 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

This year, some 700 potential partners or investors are expected to see 69 new animated TV productions from 15 European countries, including new member countries Poland and Slovenia. Spain alone is bringing 11 projects, 15% of the total being presented. A total of 16 projects are being presented in association with new member states of the European Union–the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania.

The very first Cartoon Forum was held in Lanzarote, Spain, in 1990. At that time, there were only about 100 hours of animated content produced in Europe each year and very few European co-productions were being announced.

The 15 Annual Cartoon Forum will conclude with the awarding of the 2004 Cartoon D’Or Ceremony recognizing the best European animated short films with cash prizes intended to spur further production.