Hungary to host Cartoon Forum

Euro toon event to run from Sept. 14 to 17

MOSCOW — Hungary is to host the 21st edition of Cartoon Forum, an annual co-production and distribution event that supports European animation for television.

It’s the first time the event – to be held in Sopron from Sept. 14-17 — will take place in one of the new European Union states.

The forum is expected to attract animation producers from across Europe.

Organizers say a 20% jump in the number of projects submitted this year reflects the health of the Euro toon biz.

The forum will screen 63 projects from 19 countries, representing 360 hours of animation with a total budget of E160 million ($198 million).

The French cartoon sector will be represented by 20 projects, with seven British and six Spanish. New EU member states are represented by 10 projects from Hungary, Poland, Croatia and Latvia.

“The projects — which all have the stamp of creativity, diversity and quality characteristic of European animation — also show producers’

growing interest in developing cross-media properties, with 41% of the series conceived for both television and other platforms such as mobile phones, iPad, Internet or video games,” organizer Annick Maes said Thursday.

European animation’s annual Cartoon d’Or will be awarded for the best animated short and the Cartoon Tributes for Television — which spotlights the best producer, broadcaster and investor/distributor of the year — will also be awarded in Sopron.

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