This year’s edition of Cartoon Movie exceeded organizers’ expectations as a total of 461 professionals, including 51 distributors and 61 investors, descended upon Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam, Germany from March 13-15.
Of 49 projects presented this year, some 15 in development have reportedly obtained the necessary guarantees to conclude their financial needs over the short term. Three of the features, Corto Maltese (France), The Boy who wanted to be a Bear (France) and Dragon Hill (Spain) have been released in their countries and have sopld more than 300,000 tickets each in their first weeks of release.
In addition to European buyers, representatives from Pathe, Dreamworks, Universal and Pixar were present to check out completed features and works-in-progress like Doug Chiang’s Robota, animated by French studio SPARX. Chiang is best known for his design work on Star Wars Episodes I and II
The major event dedicated to European animated feature films was organized by Cartoon, the European Association of Animation Film, in collaboration with NFP teleart in Germany and with the support of the Media Program of the European Union and the Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg. The next Cartoon Movie will take place from 11 to 13 March 2004 in Potsdam-Babelsberg.