Peter Lord, TF1 Intl., Les Armateurs Feted at Cartoon Movie

European co-production forum honors top toon players

LYON, France – Aardman Studios’ Peter Lord, co-director of “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” sales house TF1 Intl. and Didier Brunner’s Les Armateurs won top honors at Cartoon Movie, the European co-production forum, which closed Friday in Lyon.

The Cartoon Tributes celebrate leading players in European animation.

Lord, a 30-year veteran, nabbed the director Tribute for “Pirates!,” which he produced and co-directed with Jeff Newitt. “Pirates!” grossed over $90 million in foreign markets and more than $31 million in the U.S.

TF1 Intl., which sells films worldwide and distributes in France via UGC, took the Tribute for best distributor. It’s best known for collaborating with Joann Sfar’s Autochenille on Africa-set “Aya of Yop City,” which played at Cartoon Movie, and “The Rabbi’s Cat,” released Stateside by GKids. Other notable animated hits on TF1 Intl.’s slate include 3D adventure “Santa’s Magic Crystal,” produced by Anima Vitae (“The Flight Before Christmas”).

Les Armateurs nabbed the Tribute for European producer. The shingle is best known for Sylvain Chomet’s “The Triplets of Belleville” and Michel Ocelot’s three “Kirikou” movies.

Les Armateurs latest feature, “Ernest and Celestine,” budgeted under €10 million ($13 million), has grossed $6.4 million in France, where it was distributed by Studiocanal.

Brunner was at Cartoon Movie to present “Swing Popa Swing,” Chomet’s latest project, described as a burlesque prequel to “Triplets.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s

    Box Office: 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Dominates With Soft $36 Million

    Five years after Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent” cast a spell over the box office, the villainous enchantress has returned to the top of domestic charts. Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to 2014’s fantasy adventure based on the “Sleeping Beauty” sorceress, flew lower than the original and debuted to a disappointing $36 million from 2,790 [...]

  • MIA Wrap

    Rome MIA Market Wraps With Stronger U.S. Presence, Boosts Italy's Industry Standing

    Rome’s MIA market for TV series, feature films and documentaries wrapped positively Sunday with organizers boasting a bump in attendance just as some 2,500 executives departed in an upbeat mood after four days of dealmaking and presentations of mostly European fresh product, which elevated Italy’s global standing in the industry, especially within the TV sector. [...]

  • Film Republic Adds Further Sales for

    Film Republic Inks Further Deals for 'God of the Piano' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Sales agent Film Republic has closed further territory sales on “God of the Piano.” Film Movement previously picked up North American rights to the film, as reported exclusively by Variety. Mont Blanc Cinema has taken the rights for Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. Limelight Distribution is looking after the Australian and New Zealand releases, Hualu [...]

  • ‘Bears Famous Invasion’s Lorenzo Mattotti Brings

    Lorenzo Mattotti on MIA Title ‘Bears Famous Invasion of Sicily’

    Illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti is no stranger to film festivals. The artist – a long-time New Yorker cover artist and onetime Lou Reed and Michelangelo Antonioni collaborator – has designed posters for past editions of Venice and Cannes, and has contributed to films that played in Toronto and Rome. This year, however, he experienced the festival [...]

  • Dreamworks Abominable

    'Abominable' Release in Malaysia Abandoned

    Plans to release the increasingly controversial Chinese-U.S. co-produced animation film “Abominable” in Malaysia have been dropped after the distributor said that it would not be cut to cater to political sensitivities. The film includes a scene which depicts a map showing the South China Sea and the so called “nine-dash line” that China uses to [...]

  • Hui He

    RAI Com Takes World Sales on Italy/China Doc About Star Soprano Hui He (EXCLUSIVE)

    Italy’s RAI Com has taken world sales on high-profile documentary “Hui He, the Soprano From the Silk Road,” which is about the personal and artistic journey of one of the world’s leading sopranos and also marks a milestone Italian-Chinese co-production. Hui He was born and trained as a singer in the Chinese city of Xi’an, [...]

  • Bruce Springsteen arrives for the New

    Bruce Springsteen Returns to NJ Hometown for Surprise 'Western Stars' Introduction

    Bruce Springsteen returned to his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey to offer a surprise introduction to the first public multiplex viewing of his concert/documentary film, “Western Stars.” Dressed simply in a brown jacket, Springsteen took a moment to say a few words at the AMC Freehold 14 movie theater on Saturday night. “We knew we [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content