Cartoon Movie, the co-production and pitching event for European animated feature films, is around the corner. The projects for the 2024 edition were finalised last week.
55 projects aimed at children, families, and young adults, have made up the selection of Cartoon Movie, the co-production and pitching event for European animated feature films, to attend on March 5-7 in Bordeaux, France.
The line-up includes mostly projects in development (33) and in concept (13), next to 5 films in production and 4 in sneak preview, also curated by well-known directors and authors.
16 countries are involved as main producer. France is represented by 15 projects, including Alain Ughetto’s Rose and the Marmots, Alain Gagnol’s Dog my cats!, and Alexis Ducord and Vincent Parronaud’s Into the Wonderwoods.
Belgium‘s movies range from poignant mockumentaries like Dickie the Movie to family flicks like Dreamwalker and the preschool project Rouxelle and the Pirates. Germany, like Belgium, has five projects in development, including the one in Sneak Preview, Elli, directed by Jesper Møller, Piet de Rycker & Jens Møller, as well as adventurous narratives (Flamingo Flamenco, Out of Frame), and stories about the impact of AI in everyday life (Rat King). Among the five projects proposed for Spain is SuperKlaus, the premiere of the third part of the successful movie saga by Steven Majaury & Andrea Sebastiá.
Norway is working on four projects, one of which is the teen film Pesta, a chilling journey through dark and twisted Nordic folklore.
Italy, Luxembourg, and Poland each have three projects. For Italy, director Alessandro Rak has curated The Little Prince of Shangri-La, while Luxembourg has Humbegged, based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Poland has two projects for young adults, Dr Owl and the sci-fi Pale Pink, and one for children, Mami Fatale and the Great Cookbook.
2 projects each for: the Czech Republic, which will premiere the eagerly awaited Living Large directed by Kristina Dufková; Denmark, which will present the concept of The Great North Adventure, an animated film inspired by the true story of the sailor Jens Munk; Ireland, which will offer the Odo owl TV series; and Sweden, which is developing the mixed media film Balls, dedicated to the perspective of all the ‘balls’ used in sports.
Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Finland each present one movie. The latter is producing the film Niko – Beyond the Northern Lights, directed by Kari Juusonen and Jrgen Lerdam and telling an uplifting story about Santa’s reindeer.
Many projects address critical issues such as environment, inclusivity, narcolepsy, instability, and personal resources.
Curated by Rossella Arena