Potsdam, Germany’s festival of European feature film projects known as Cartoon Movie wrapped up over the weekend with the awarding of special tributes on Saturday evening. Each year, Cartoon Movie Tributes recognizes three individuals or companies that have contributed significantly to the success of the European feature animation industry.
This year’s tributes went to French producer Didier Brunner, Spanish producer/distributor Grupo Filmax and French producer Robert Rea.
Brunner, who heads the production company Les Armateurs, was honored for producing the greatest number of auteur films over the last five years. Among his credits include the Annecy Grand Prix (1999) and BAFTA (2002) winner, Kirikou et la Sorcière, as well as the features Princes & Princesses, Belleville Rendez-vous (a.k.a Les Triplettes De Belleville), The Boy who wanted to be a Bear and Charley & Mimmo. He is currently developing several new projects, including The Evolution Man and Crossroad.
Grupo Filmax was recognized for its strategy of production and distribution in Spain. One of the biggest independent Spanish producers of audiovisual content, the company’s titles include Goomer, Pinocchio 3000 (co-produced with France and Canada) and El Cid, the Legend, which was fully financed by the Group. These films were produced through the animation production arm Castelao Prods., which is currently developing the features Nocturna and Don Quixote and Sancho. The domestic distribution is done through Sogedasa.
Robert Réa received the honor for his role as a major European producer and his influence on the production of animated feature films. His feature credits include Babar, Bécassine and Corto Maltese, the Arcanes Secret Court. For TV, he has produced Tintin, Blake and Mortimer, Babar and more. Réa is based in the French company Ellipse Animation.
Cartoon Movie is organized by the European Association of Animation Film in collaboration with NFP Teleart in Germany.