Nocturna to Launch Red Kite Films

The long-awaited, highly stylized European animated feature, Nocturna, will be the flagship project for Red Kite Films, a division of award-winning, Scottish animation production company Red Kite. A collaboration between Filmax Animation of Spain and Animakids of France, the pic will mark Red Kite’s first foray into theatrical-release animated features.

Nocturna tells the story of Tim, an orphan who sees a star fall from the sky and is instantly transported into a world of dreams, darkness and the mysteries of the night. Initially budgeted at around $12 million, the film will combine 2D and 3D CGI techniques. Production is set to begin later this year for theatrical release during the 2006 holiday season.

Philip LaZebnik, story and script editor for Nocturna, holds screenplay credits for the Disney hits Pocahontas and Mulan, in addition to his work as story consultant on DreamWorks’ Shrek and Antz. Nocturna directors Adrian Garcia and Victor Maldonado also take credit for scripting the film, as do Teresa Vilardell and Philip LaZebnik. Producer duties are being handled by Ken Anderson, Philippe Garell and Paco Rodriguez.

Red Kite will base production for Nocturna at its brand new facility in Edinburgh, Scotland. Officially opening at the end of this year, the new 2D studio will house everyone currently involved in the production, as well as all future feature-length projects. As a result of the expansion, Red Kite says it will be looking to hire a wealth of new production and animation staff.

Red Kite has garnered praise from The Triplets of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet, who comments, "Red Kite’s work in animation has set a high benchmark in artistic quality, and I’m delighted that they have won a commission for their first major feature. Red Kite Films is a company to watch. They are capable of achieving big things."

Established in 1997, Red Kite’s portfolio includes The Green Man of Knowledge, which aired on S4C and won of the 2001 Jim Poole Award and was nominated for the BAFTA New Talent Award in 2000; Lunar Jig (Channel 4), winner of the Spirit of Moondance Award 2002; Night Windows (Channel 4) winner of the BAFTA New Talent Award 2002; the BAFTA-nominated 64 Zoo Lane; the Jim Poole Award 2004-nominated The Tree Officer; and the BAFTA Award-winning Pablo the Little Red Fox.