France’s TeamTO Gets Funding for 3-D Toon

Paris-based production company TeamTO is getting some financial aid in producing its first stereoscopic 3-D animated feature. Daily Variety reports that the entity will receive up to $95,000 from the Centre National de la Cinematographie (CNC), France’s government-backed film and TV funder, to produce Occho kochoi.

Written by Antoine Barraud and developed by TeamTO founders Guillaume Hellouine and Corinne Kouper, Occho kochoi tells the story of an outcast bird who suddenly finds himself acting as the guide for his flock on their annual migration to Africa. Produced by Kouper, the movie features character designs by Benjamin Renner.

The deal marks France’s first investment in 3-D cinema, a movement that is becoming the standard for theatrically distributed animation in the U.S. The CNC reportedly plans to put up cash for three more stereoscopic films this year, with the funds aiding in getting producers up to speed with the technology. The agency is also forming a research group made up of filmmakers, distributors, exhibitors and technology companies to further push the 3-D initiative.

Last month, TeamTO joined forces with Folimage, La Poudriere and L’Equipe to launch a new production entity called La Cartoucherie. Based in Bourg-Les-Valence, in the Drome region of France’s Rhone-Alpes region, the group is currently working on the animated television series International Hareport, (a co-production with Vivi Films, with the participation of TF1, to be distributed by Cake) and How to Drive Everybody Crazy (a co-pro with France 3 and Cake Ent.). To learn more about TeamTO’s many projects, visit www.teamto.com.