Argentine stop-motion production “Anton,” directed by Maria Rosario Carlino and produced by Pablo Spollansky, marks the only Latin American TV series project competing this year at the Creative Focus in Annecy’s Mifa market.
A pilot season of “Anton,” comprising four episodes of 11 minutes, has been showed in more than 15 international festivals for the period 2013-2014.
“We travel to Annecy with expectations of finding companies interested in co-producing a second season with 13 episodes of seven minutes,” Pablo Spollansky said.
Aimed at children ages 5-7, adventure-fantasy series turns on Anton, a 7-year-old boy who has a particular way of interpreting things. At every episode, a question about the daily life will bring Anton to dive into a fantastic universe where he will learn that things that happen have different logics.
“Our goal was to stimulate a creative, critical and independent learning for children, while imagination is promoted with a daily practice,” said Spollansky.
“Anton’s” first season was produced in Argentina by National University of Cordoba’s Arts Faculty through its TV and Radio service SRT and animation department CEAN.
Spollansky added that, in technical terms, “Anton” was influenced by Richard Goleszowski’s stop-motion animated series “Rex The Runt,” a 1998’s Aardman Animations production.
The screenwrites, by Maria Rosario Carlino and Matias Ferreyra, were penned in association with Cordoba’s pedagogical project Philosophizing with Children.
With free online access in Argentina via VOD site Contenidos Digitales Abiertos (cda.gob.ar), the pilot season has raised interest from international TV and Internet operators in Iran, Poland, Chile and Brazil.
Producer aim to start shooting new “Anton” episodes by 2015. Meanwhile, he plans to shoot from July a new stop-motion animated TV series, also linked to the Philosophizing with Children project, to be broadcast by Argentina’s children TV channel Paka Paka.