Cartoon Forum 2022, which saw 1,075 participants from 40 countries visit Toulouse from September 19 to 22, has come to a close.
This year, 80 projects from 19 European countries were presented to 292 buyers, 13 percent of which were new attendees. The new buyers included Hop! Media Group (Israel), Ox Eye Media (United States), Editions Kinaye (France), Disney Branded Television (United States) and La Petite Agence (France).
The European co-production that saw the largest number of participants in its pitching room was Lisa & Kolos, from Melting Productions (France), Andarta Pictures (France) and Squarefish (Belgium), followed by Leo’s Workshop, from Foliascope (France), Curiosity Studio (Ireland) and Aerial Contrivance Workshop (United States).
After Leo’s Workshop, the projects with the most number of participants in the pitching room were Mekka Nikki, from Squarefish (Belgium) and Dada ! Animation (France); Louca, from Media Valley (France) and Belvision (Belgium); Chill out, Zeus!, from arx anima animation studio (Austria), die film (Germany); My Superhero Husband, from Funny Tales (Greece) and The Alphabet Initiative Agency (Germany); Star Stable: Mistfall, from Ferly (Finland) and Atmosphere Media (Germany); The Last Whale Singer, from Telescope Animation (Germany), Big Bad Boo (Canada) and Big Bad Boo Entertainment (Netherlands); Delù from the Jungle, from Animoka Studios (Italy), Nalu Animation (France); and Polka Dot Zebra, from Sygnatia (Spain), Bro Cinema (Portugal).
The project with the greatest percentage of buyers in the pitching room was Tiger and Bear, from Wolkenlenker (Germany) and Janosch film & medien (Germany), with 58 percent of its audience being buyers. Wild Danish, from Zebra Animation Studios (Denmark), Belga Productions (Belgium) and Metropolitan Norway (Norway), with 57 percent of its audience being buyers.
The other projects with a large number of buyers in the audience were Trotro & Zaza, from Ellipsanime Productions (France); BeddyByes, from JAM Media (Ireland); Hakan Super Brakan, from Nuttery Entertainment (Sweden); Max, from Submarine (Netherlands); Umami, from Distillery Films (Ireland); Aquaworld, from Les Films de l’Arlequin (France) and JPL Films (France); Sleepy’s Dream Team, from bigchild Entertainment (Germany) and Freebird Pictures (Germany); and The Tinies, from MIAM ! animation (France).
Among the projects presented, edutainment was particularly strong, as well as projects dedicated to sustainability/climate change. A large number of new voices were represented, with 34 new producers pitching for the first time.
Those who missed the event or who would like to review what they saw can access pre-recorded pitches on the digital platform through October 9.
Cartoon Forum 2023 is already set for September 18 to 21 in Toulouse, with registration opening as early as April 2023. The Rugby World Cup will take place in Toulouse around the same dates next year, and it is advised that those wishing to attend the 2023 event register as soon as possible.