direttore Paolo Di Maira

CARTOON FORUM/Over 1000 participants to celebrate 30 years of animation

There were no fireworks at the 30th edition of Cartoon Forum, but the European TV animation rendezvous has exceeded the threshold of 1000 participants, including 280 international buyers.

There were two Italian projects at the eighth Toulousian edition from September 16 to 19, both the protagonists of pitches that registered a full house of professionals.
‘Oldmill City Football Games’, devised by Enzo d’Alò, «aims to portray soccer in an unconventional way», explains the director.
The story, which takes place in a parallel world, «is a bit reminiscent of The Hunger Games.
An ambitious project for the 10-14 year old target audience», says Luca Milano, director of Rai Ragazzi, the coproducer of the project which has obtained a development contribution from Mibac (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities).

#inTheMiddle is the series project by Graphilm based on four children’s books by Annalisa Strada, recently published by Giunti Editori, with illustrations by Claudia Petrazzi transported to 2D by the director Maurizio Forestieri.

An agreement was also signed in Toulouse between the Association of animation producers, Cartoon Italia, the Pôle Image Magelis in Angoulême and the SPFA (Syndicat des Producteurs de Films d’Animation) which will permit the exchange of artists, technicians, training, research and development activities between Italian businesses and French companies based in the town in the Charente department, while the reorganization of the traditional broadcasters in order to tackle Netflix & co sees France Télévisions in the front line.

French TV has officially announced the launch di “Okoo”, the new brand for children and teenagers aged 3-12 years.
It will be distributed from the beginning of December on all the France Télévisions screens, on both the traditional as well as the digital channels.

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