“We are pleased to be back in Salerno which welcomed us with such enthusiasm last year”, says Alfio Bastiancich, the historical director of “Cartoons on the Bay”, the festival promoted by Rai and realized by Rai Trade in association with Rai Fiction, dedicated to animated TV programs and much more, which returns to the beautiful city in the Campania region from 10th “” 13th April.
“This twelfth edition”, explains Alfio Bastiancich, “is the most global one compared to all the other editions held so far in terms of artistic identity and the number of countries attending in the official selection. This is because, to a certain degree, the international scene is beginning to reject standardization.
There is an attempt by individual geographical areas to place programs with a strong cultural identity on the market”.
176 works from 24 countries, 40 of which in competition in the eight different categories(the jury includes Barry Purves, the multi-award winning British author, and Eric Shaw from the US, scriptwriter on the successful “SpongeBob” series).
The predominance of Europe and the US is balanced by a growing Eastern presence with programs from China, Japan and South Korea, as well as Malaysia and India.
For Bastiancich, “the formula experimented last year, with the programs in competition being presented by the producers and creatives concerned, was a success, with nearly all the candidates attending the main meetings”.
There will also be a series of parallel events, including a round table organized in collaboration with the Comitato TV e Minori on the topic of “Cartoons and minors”, with the participation of the main Italian and European broadcasters, whilst Rai Net will be presenting the Rai cartoons on the web and launching another competition.
The special events will include a meeting on the subject of cartoons and opera, in collaboration with the Teatro Verdi in Salerno, and the celebration of 40 years of “Yellow Submarine”, with the participation of Gerald Potterton, one of the animators on the famous Beatles movie, the director of “Heavy Metal”, a cult movie for comic book and hard rock fans, to whom the festival will be presenting a lifelong achievement award, along with the Italian-Japanese Fusalo Yusaki, the “maestro” of Plasticine.
The Studio of the year award will go to Korea’s Akom, responsible for realizing animations for the Simpsons, including the feature film, and Italy’s Cartoon One, following the success of the “Scuola di Vampiri” series on Rai Due.
The Festival, which will include a large delegation of Korean and Chinese visitors, will open on Thursday 10 evening with the premiere of “Tous à l’Ouest”, a feature about Lucky Luke, the famous French cartoon character, the winner of the Best Kids’ film at the last Berlin Festival.
The other theatrical premieres include “Ortone e il mondo dei chi”, to be released on 18th April for Fox, and “Underdog”, the Disney movie about a dog with a talent for rhyme.