Studio 37 Forges Animated Alliances

The two-year-old French telecom Orange film subsidiary Studio 37 is making a lot of news at the Cannes Film Festival and market this week. The Paris-based company announced several animation partnership in addition to its rich live-action slate at the film market.

‘We’re really focusing on diversity,’ Studio 37 president Frederique Dumas told The Hollywood Reporter. ‘We want to be both artistically and technologically innovative. We’re really looking for new forms of audiovisual writing. We’re not looking to do what the Americans can do better!’

Among the company’s hot animated titles is Marathon’s Totally Spies! The Movie, which is slated to open in France in July. The movie is a big-screen prequel of the long-running series about the trio of crime-fighting Beverly Hills High teenagers. Studio 37 is also co-producing the Millimages movie Les Lascars: Round Da Way and Antoine Charreyon’s 2010 3-D motion capture project The Prodigies.

Dumas added, “The U.S. studios are making less films, so those independent films that can no longer be financed by the studios are coming to us,” Dumas told the trade. ‘There’s a real globalization taking place. We can all start to work together without borders and create an international network.”