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Cartoon 2021 - Cartoon Forum

Industry Report: Animation

It’s a wrap for the 2021 edition of Cartoon Forum

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The prestigious co-production and pitching forum for animated TV series saw the triumph of Belgian broadcaster Ketnet and French outfits MIAM! Animation and TAT productions

It’s a wrap for the 2021 edition of Cartoon Forum
Mélanie Errea (MIAM ! Animation), Telidja Klaï (Ketnet-VRT), Annick Maes (Cartoon) and Jean-François Tosti (TAT productions) during the ceremony, with their awards

It’s a wrap for the 2021 edition of Toulouse’s Cartoon Forum, finally back to its physical format. The event, which unspooled from 21-23 September, was rounded off by the traditional Cartoon Tributes awards ceremony. The winners were voted online in three categories by the close to 900 professionals attending the forum. The prizes were established back in 2006 to recognise the outstanding contribution made by broadcasters, distributors, investors and producers in the promotion of European animation over the last year. 

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The first winner was Belgium’s Ketnet, named Broadcaster of the year. As the children's brand of VRT, the public broadcaster in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium, it targets children up to 12 years old, while Ketnet Junior is a sub-brand for children up to 6 years old that features series such as Doopie, Ollie, Simon and Bananimals.

Next, France’s MIAM! Animation was named Distributor/Investor of the year. Their recent slate of productions includes series such as The MiniWhats, PriZooners, Brazen and Selfish.

Finally, Toulouse-based studio TAT Productions was crowned Producer of the year. The outfit, founded in 2000 by David Alaux, Eric and Jean-François Tosti, previously won an International Emmy Award for the TV series The Jungle Bunch. The company also produced the flicks Terra Willy and Pil, released last August in France. They are currently developing three new feature projects, namely Argonuts, The Jungle Bunch 2 and Pets on a Train.

Since 1990, Cartoon Forum’s mission is to boost the co-production and distribution of European animation for TV and new media platforms. On this occasion, 84 projects of animated TV series were presented, coming from 13 European countries, for a total budget of €326.1 million and accounting for 460 hours of animation. France headlined with 33 presented projects, followed by Ireland (11) and Germany (8).

The main partners of the event were the European Union’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme, the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée), the Occitanie Region, Mairie de Toulouse, Toulouse Métropole, Casino Barrière and France Télévisions. The next gathering, Cartoon Springboard, will run in Valencia from 26-28 October.

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