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2021 Cartoon Springboard Highlights – Variety


Back to an on-site edition, Cartoon Springboard, an animation launch meeting for booming European animators, took place from October 26 to 28 in Valence, with 174 participants.

The Buzz projects included an LGBT roller derby story, “Riot5”, as well as a movie, “The Mission”, imagining all the money in the world being destroyed, and “Exit Tales”, a short film by ‘animation on children fleeing their country of origin.

In total, 24 projects were pitched by 39 animation schools, including 17 television shows, and five feature films.

The animated television series “Riot5”, by Danish director Violeta Fellay, a former of The Animation Workshop / VIA University College, draws on her experience as a queer woman. Seeking to portray a wider range of female characters than the norm, the story of the young adult television series follows an all-female roller derby team facing different issues in their lives, between playing sports.

“The Mission” also drew attention. Set in 2023, this Belgian project of the La Cambre school is signed by Elsa Stoeffler and Martyna Žalalytė.

The young adult series revolves around a leftist group leading an attack that threatens to wipe out all the money in the world.

Directed by Mariana Cadenas of the LUCA School of Arts in Belgium, “Exit Tales” is a short animated series about five children fleeing their homes in Venezuela, Afghanistan, Syria, Guatemala and South Sudan.

“This project is not only about visibility and awareness of forced displacement, but also misconceptions about migration and the misrepresentation of vulnerability, including my own experience in Europe,” Cadenas said.

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Other notable projects include:

* The French feature film “Am’rote”, by Claire Matz from the prestigious Gobelins school in Paris, the story of an exiled man who must adapt to a society he did not know existed;

* “Just Like a Last Summer Day”, on friendship and separation, by Mina Convers in France; “My name is…” in Germany from Eliza Plocieniak-Alvarez to Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (DE), a preschool television series about emotions;

* “Kira & Prokki” by Cedric Engels and Manuel Zilleken at the Internationale Filmschule Koeln in Germany, set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans have died out and two cockroaches discover life;

* “The Chronicles of Sleeping Beauty” from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica of Mexico, the dark version of “Sleeping Beauty” by Adrian Ollé-Laprune.

Among the projects featured, popular topics included personal care, adventure, magic, and history. In addition to traditional 2D and 3D CGIs, organizers also reported a frequent mix of 3D backgrounds with 2D characters, paint, stop-motion, and cutout animation.

Among the experts who gave advice during the pitch sessions were Eleanor Coleman of Blue Spirit Productions, Sarah Muller of BBC Children, Anttu Harlin of Gigglebug Entertainment, Manuel Cristóbal of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Madrid region and Daniel Bays of Cake Entertainment.

Cartoon 360 will take place November 16-18 in Lille, Cartoon Business will take place December 8-10 in Gran Canaria, Spain.

Attendance increased by 7% compared to the 2019 edition with delegates from seven countries.

“After the 2020 online edition, we were happy to be back in Valencia, in the welcoming Universitat Politecnica. Seeing all the smiles (despite the masks), hearing the laughter and feeling the emotion crossing the hall was a real pleasure, ”the organizers said in a statement.

They added, “We are honored to have seen so many brilliant presentations, to have met so many enthusiastic young talents and to have benefited from so many happy and inspiring comments from the experts. The projects that were showcased at Cartoon Springboard this year all deserve to be on our screens one day.

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