First Edition of the Cartoon Connection Canada [fr]
The first edition of the Cartoon Connection Canada, organized in partnership with the Embassy of France in Canada, was a resounding success.
European and Canadian professionals responded eagerly to these meetings whose pertinence and professionalism have been universally recognized.
With 20 years of experience in the promotion and development of the animation industry in Europe, Cartoon – supported by the European Union Media International program – took place for the first time in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, from October 18 to 21. The event began two days before the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OEAF) and held meetings, Cartoon Connection, throughout the four days. Thanks to the proposal made by Telefilm Canada (federal government’s cultural organization dedicated to the development and promotion of the Canadian audiovisual industry), Cartoon Connection was able to collaborate for this edition with OEAF and TAC, Television Animation Conference created by OEAF in 2004 to encourage exchanges between Canadian and international producers.
The presence of major broadcasters (France Télévision, Teletoon Canada, CBBC – BBC Children, CBC, etc.), model partnerships set up by Canadian institutions (Telefilm Canada, Sodec, the Bureau du Cinéma et de la Télévision du Québec, Canada Media Fund, among others), and significant participation by European and Canadian producers illustrate the wide reach that the animation market has in Europe and Canada. Also, the success of the Cartoon Connection testifies to the interest expressed by Canadian professionals – producers, broadcasters and distributors – in collaborations with Europe and in European events such as Cartoon Forum (financing and co-production of TV series) and the Cartoon Movie (for feature-length films).
During the discussions, the following points were highlighted:
the large presence of France in Canadian co-productions with Europe is namely due to cultural links, similar production and industry techniques, and the presence of major broadcasters
the quality and success of French co-productions and the fact that seven of these are considered to be among the top 20 biggest international successes in 2009
a unanimous desire to calibrate technical as well as financial means in order to focus on high-quality programs with a strong international potential
growing attention paid to digital broadcasting platforms in financial planning for co-productions and to the resulting obstacles
development of short formats (11, 7 and 3 minutes)
the heavy presence of the broadcaster Teletoon Canada in Canada
The Cartoon Connection will return to Canada in 2011 and will undoubtedly stand as one of the year’s not-to-be-missed events in Canada’s animation industry.
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