France, 2D Dominate Cartoon Movie

The 5th Edition of Cartoon Movie is underway in Potsdam, Germany with 49 films scheduled for screening. Of those, 13 are from France and 31 are animated in 2D. Those and other interesting trends are emerging at this year’s gathering of the European animation community.

While French films represent 26% of the screening slate, Spain is also well-represented with nine movies. Denmark has the third biggest presence with five, followed by the U.K. and Germany with four each, Belgium and Ireland with three each, Italy and Luxembourg with two each, and Norway, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden each bringing a single film to the show.

Another noteworthy trend in this year’s festival lineup is the use of humans as central characters. Though 40 of the films are targeted to children and family audiences, only 10 star animals. Those other animation staples, robots and space aliens, are even more scarce.

Adventure is the theme of the show. Comedy takes a back seat to period epics taking place in the distant past, the middle ages and the beginning of the 20th Century.

Cartoon Movie continues through Saturday with a number of film prizes and special tributes to be awarded. The event is organized by the European Association of Animation Film in collaboration with NFP Teleart in Germany.