For the fourth consecutive year, the celebrated feature animation production and distribution forum Cartoon Movie will shine a spotlight on a particular geographic corner of the European animation industry. For the 2020 edition, taking place in Bordeaux from March 3-5, the focus will fall on the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, with the support of Film Fund Luxembourg.
Throughout the event, attendees can get acquainted with Luxembourg-based producers and studios who have helped create beautiful films and win the country international recognition for animated artistry, such as Barababor, Bayala – A Magical Adventure, Fritzi – A Miraculous Revolutionary Tale, Funan, Pachamama, The Breadwinner, The Prince’s Journey, The Swallows of Kabul, White Fang, Zero Impunity, and many others.
The event organizers at Cartoon love to showcase countries which may not take up a lot of space on a map, but make up for what they lack in size with ambition, enthusiasm, and in ability to adapt very quickly to new industry trends and demand. Like this year’s nation of tribute, these countries have innovation in their DNA.
After establishing itself as an industrial hub as well as a major financial center, Luxembourg now aims to diversify its economy by putting a great emphasis on new technologies. This also applies to the country’s animation industry. The sector has made a name for itself in Europe’s animation ecosystem through a pragmatic, flexible approach and thanks to the skills of its professionals. This is also the reason why the country is currently at the forefront of industry developments in terms of virtual, mixed and augmented reality.
The Luxembourg Spotlight is supported by Film Fund Luxembourg, which has played a major role in promoting the growth and development of the audiovisual and cinematographic industry in Luxembourg, and the animation industry in particular over the past 30 years. Thanks to the Fund’s unwavering support, animation “Made in Luxembourg” has garnered international acclaim and keeps going from strength to strength.
This year’s Cartoon Movie selection features two feature films by Luxembourger producers:
- Molesworth (co-produced by Melusine Productions – project in development)
- Ooops! The Adventure Continues… (co-produced by La Fabrique d’images – project in production), the sequel of the successful Two by Two – Ooops… the Ark has Gone!, released in 2015.