Cartoon Forum: Animated UK meets Europe

Industry News  |  03 April 2023

The Cartoon Forum played an essential role in the structuring of the European market, by creating a true network of transborder cooperation.

Cartoon has announced that UK animation will be making a return to Cartoon Forum this year in a special initiative ‘Animated UK Meets Europe’, spearheaded by Animation UK in partnership with the BBC, Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery and SKY and supported by agencies across the UK including Northern Ireland Screen, Screen Scotland, Creative Wales and Film London.

As the UK is globally renowned for our expertise in animation with a world-class talent pool of highly skilled and trained creatives, it is important to continue to include our animation industry within the European industry, and therefore within Cartoon Forum. We have a long track record in working with colleagues in Europe, which should continue to be supported.

The initiative

A total of five new projects in development from UK creative voices will be pitched together with a UK broadcast partner in a 90-minute session. Each new project, selected by the UK broadcast partner, will be actively looking for collaboration with a European co production partner. This session will be in addition to the official European project-pitching sessions program. 

We are delighted that the UK animation industry is being provided the opportunity to profile our highly regarded sector known for its creative excellence, innovation, storytelling, iconic characters and humour. We look forward to showcasing new projects supported by our partners and we are actively looking for European co-production partners for all of our animated projects which will range from preschool to family and adult.

Kate O’Connor, Executive Chair of Animation UK

Registration for Cartoon Forum has already opened, earlier than usual. We recommend to register as soon as possible, and to reserve your travel and accommodation in a timely manner. Register to Cartoon Forum here.