Cartoon Movie ’03 Gears Up For Screenings, Tributes

Some 500 participants are expected at the 5th edition of Cartoon Movie, set to take place March 13, 14 and 15 at Babelsberg studio, in Potsdam, Germany. Approximately 214 producers, 51 distributors, 46 investors and 15 broadcasters will meet in order to finance, co-produce, buy or sell 49 new projects from 13 European countries including, for the very first time, Poland.

The seven films will be screened are: Corto Maltese, the Arcanes Secret Court by Pascal Morelli (Ellipsanime, France), Dragon Hill by Ángel Izquierdo (Millimetros, Spain), Mr. Blott’s Triumph by Krzysztof Gradowski (Studio Miniatur Filmowych, Poland), Otherworld by Derek Hayes (Cartwn Cymru, Wales-UK), The Rain Children by Philippe Leclerc (Belokan Productions/MK2, France), Time Gate by Pedro Eugenio Delgado (Magic Films S.L., Spain) The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear by Jannik Hastrup (Dansk Tegnefilm2, DK/Les Armateurs, France).

Also to be screened are portions of El Cid, the Legend by Josep Pozo (Spain), Renart the Fox by Thierry Schiel (Luxembourg) and The Dog, the General and the Birds by Francis Nielsen (France), which are still in post-production.

Each year, Cartoon Movie Tributes honors the initiatives which contribute to the recognition and the success of the European animation industry. This year’s nominees are Didier Brunner (France), for producing the greatest number of auteur films over the last five years; Grupo Filmax (Spain), for its strategy for production and distribution in Spain; Folkets Bio (Sweden) for its strong regional distribution strategy; Milimetros (Spain), for having channelled its animation skills into the origination and production of films; MK2 (France), for its role both as an investor/distributor and a cinema-owner showing European animated films; RAI Cinema (Italy), for its financial involvement in animated feature films over the past years; and Robert REA (France), for his role as a major European producer. The winners will be announced on Saturday 15th, at 8 p.m.

Cartoon Movie is one of the biggest events dedicated to European animated feature films. The fest is organized by the European Association Cartoon (in collaboration with NFP Teleart in Germany), with the support of Media Programme of the European Union, Berlin-Brandenburg Filmboard, land Brandenburg, MDM, FFA, ILB and IBB.