Cartoon fest spotlights Cuba

Italy's Bay TV celebrates animation fare

Cuban toons will be celebrated at Italy’s 13th Cartoons on the Bay TV animation fest.

Cuba’s leading animator Juan Padron (“Vampires in Havana”) is among expected attendees at the event where educational Cuban toons that dissuade girls from prostitution will receive a Pulcinella nod.

The Havana delegation will include Cuban Film Institute VP Luis Alberto Gonzales Nieto.

The international TV toon fest, held April 2-5, will also pay tribute to Japanese anime auteur Yoshiyuki Tomino, whose “Mobile Suit Gundam” robot series airs on Sci Fi.

Sponsored and run by pubcaster RAI, fest is being revamped under new topper Roberto Genovesi, a vidgame maker and toon scribe, who replaces Alfio Bastiancich.

Genovesi is expanding it to showcase comics, vidgames and other multimedia content, while strengthening ties to the Mip TV market, which ends April 3, by moving the fest from southern Italy to the northern Riviera — Rapallo, Santa Margherita and Portofino — only a three-hour car ride from Cannes.

Competing for Pulcinella nods in nine categories will be 44 animated skeins from 16 countries, with the U.S. repped by eight entries.

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