Let’s Talk Animation: Europa Distribution at Cartoon Movie

  by Isabella Weber   Over the past few years several independent distributors started to invest more in animation films for family and kids, in order to vary their line-up and grow their audience. Until five-six years ago the big studios specialised in animation were releasing fewer films per year, following a regular calendar and many independents distributors found there was a niche market for independent animation. Things started to change when the number of…

Animation films for adults: Challenges and Opportunities

Europa Distribution Workshop at Cartoon   by Isabella Weber   Over the past few years « A List » International Film Festivals such as Cannes have been opening their selections to filmmakers working with animation (Red Turtle, Zombillennium, Mirai…), offering a new visibilty to those animation films that do not directly address children. But what happens to such titles once they leave the red carpets to venture into National distributions? In the framework of the 21st edition of…

Europa Distribution Animation Workshop at Cartoon Movie

by Isabella Weber   In the framework of the 20th Edition of Cartoon Movie, Europa Distribution organized on March 7th a workshop dedicated to those many independent distributors within the Association who are engaged in bringing independent and European animation films to local audiences. While many members are habitués of the Cartoon event, and have a long experience with animation releases, this was for others the occasion to get more familiar with the specificities of…

“What kids want” by Birgit Heidsiek

The future audience of art house films is determined by our children. Film education is an essential element for audience building. But it is not easy to get the young audience interested in animated art house films as distributors from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Poland, and Switzerland reported at the annual conference of Europa Distribution in Estoril. Several case studies gave an inside look at the release of animated art house films in different territories.…