Cartoon Movie Lineup In Focus

Around 500 entertainment professionals are expected to arrive in Potsdam, Germany for the ninth annual Cartoon Movie, taking place March 7-9 in the Babelsberg Studio. Organized by the European Association of Animation Film, the business forum is aimed at boosting the financing and distribution of European animated films and will see 41 new features in various stages of completion compete for awards and the affection of investors and buyers.

France is once again the most represented country, with a total of 14 projects including co-productions entirely home-grown works. Germany, with 13 films, doubles its presence from last year while Spain is represented by seven projects, Denmark with five and the UK with four. The majority (65%) of movies are geared to family audiences and almost half employ CG animation. Most budges run between $4 million and $6.5 million.

Since its creation in 1999, Cartoon Movie has had a significant impact on the European market. Three of the ten completed films presented last year (Kirikou & the Wild Beasts, Asterix & the Vikings and The Little Polar Bear ‘ The Mysterious Island) sold over 1.5 million admissions in their country of origin.

The completed films screening this year are Desmond & The Swamp Barbarian Trap from The Jollypatron AB / Film i V’st (Sweden); Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure from Alphanim, Europool GmbH, Nelvana International Ltd. and Studio Canal (France, Germany); Happily N’ever After from BAF Berlin Animation Film GmbH & Co. Produktions KG, Berliner Film Companie (BFC) and Vanguard Animation Production (Germany); Hemoglobine, A Vampire of Seville from Milimetros Feature Animation, M5 Audiovisual S.L. and Canal Sur Television (Spain); Lotte from Gadgetville from Eesti Joonisfilm and Rija Films (Estonia, Latvia); One Night in One City from MAUR Film s.r.o. (Czech Republic); The Princess of the Sun from Belokan Prods., Rezo Films International and Y.C. Aligator Film (France, Belgium); The Ugly Duckling and Me! from Film A/S, Magma Films and Futurikon (Denmark, Ireland, France); and U from Prima Linea Prods. and Gebeka Films (France).

In addition to the films presented as part of the event’s ‘in development and planning’ sessions, several projects will be screened which are in more advanced production and post-production stages. Among them: Pekka Lehtosaari’s Quest for a Heart (Finland, U.K., Germany), Thilo Rothkirch’s and Ute von M’nchow’s Dodo (Germany) Guillaume Ivernel’s and Arthur Qwak’s Dragon Hunters (France, Germany, Luxembourg), Jorgen Lundram’s Jungo Goes Bananas (Denmark, Latvia, Norway) Albert Pereira Lazaro’s Princes of the Hood (France), Manuel Sicilia’s and Raul Garcia’s The Missing Lynx (Spain), Hayo Freitag’s The Three Robbers (Germany) and Jerome Deschamps’ and Pascal Herold’? The True Story of Puss ‘n Boots (France, Switzerland, Belgium).

Principal partners of Cartoon Movie 2007 are Media Programm of the EU, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Ministry of Economics of the Land Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienf’rderung (MDM), Filmf’rderungsanstalt/German federal Film Board (FFA), Investitions Bank des Landes Brandenburg (ILB) and Studio Babelsberg. For more info, go to www.cartoon-media.be