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Fest toons up with ‘Asterix’

World brief

ROME — Italy’s Cartoons on the Bay, the TV animation fest held on the Amalfi coast, will celebrate its 10th edition in less than two weeks with a record 500 delegates from around the world.

The five-day fest kicks off April 5 with “Asterix and the Vikings,” its preem outside its native France.

Some 40 programs from 13 countries will vie for Pulcinella awards in eight categories.

The U.S. leads this year with seven programs, followed by the U.K., Italy and France with five each and Spain, Canada, Germany and South Korea with three apiece.

Other countries taking part include Japan, Finland and Belgium, plus first-time competitors Slovenia and Iran.

The jury includes Lisa Salamone Smith, senior VP of production for Walt Disney TV Animation; Daniel Lennard from Cartoon Network Europe; Italo helmer Giuseppe Lagana; Sabine Webber, prexy of series and movies for Austrian pubcaster ORF; and Kim Wilson, Canadian pubcaster CBC’s prexy of children’s TV.

Fest will honor Roy Disney and Italian animation master Bruno Bozzetto with career awards. DIC Entertainment will receive honors as best studio.

Canada will be under the spotlight, with some of the nation’s top animation players holding roundtable talks.

Vancouver-based Mainframe’s “Arthur” will be shown as a world preem on April 7.

A daily “breakfast backstage” will give creative teams behind the skeins in competition the opportunity to show trailers and talk about them before jury members, broadcasters and distributors.

The fest is strongly promoting its buyers market, which will make 190 animated features from 33 countries available for viewing.

Set up by Italian pubcaster RAI and run by Alfio Bastiancich, this year’s fest will runs after the Mip TV mart in Cannes.