Sunday, March 09, 2008

European Animation Pitches

We talked about it earlier, but The Hollywood Reporter details the "Cartoon Movie" fest that wrapped in Berlin on Friday:.

... Started as a means of support for the ailing European animation community by 20-year-old European association Cartoon, the three-day conference accompanies projects from start to finish, presenting them to possible co-production or distribution partners in concept, development, production and finished stages.

With a record attendance of 530 attendees from 29 countries pitching 48 projects, the mood at the confab was appropriately high, with many professionals sitting on the theater floor or standing along the walls for the most anticipated pitches and presentations of the event ...

Numbers presented by Cartoon managing director Marc Vandeweyer at the final news conference revealed that during Cartoon Movie's 10 years, 40% of the 305 submitted projects secured financing.

TAG reviews the "O-1" immigration visas of animation artists coming into L.A. for work on different animation projects. But the traffice isn't one-way. Over the years, I've seen lots of local animators buying plane tickets to work on projects overseas.

Nice to see that 121 projects have been underwritten for production over there in the European community. The more animation that gets produced worldwide, the more job opportunities there are for everybody.


Tobias Schwarz said...

I would like to see the universal-green-card, that would allow us in the animation industry to work anywhere in the world without having to bother with all these immigration issues. (I met many animation artists who already hold more than one passport)

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