Two completed Nordic films supported by Nordisk Film & TV Fond are screening in Lyon: Denmark's Marco Macaco
by Nordic Talents winner Jan Rahbek, and Finland's Niko 2-Little Brother Big Trouble
. The film's production house Anima Vitae is competing for European Producer of the Year, and three European distribution companies who have successfully brought Niko's adventures to their domestic audiences, are running for European Distributor of the Year: Pro Film in Bulgaria, TF1 International in France and Universum Film in Germany. The award winners will be announced tonight.
Two projects in production supported by the Fund are also pitched in Lyon: Torill Kove's Hocus Pocus, Alfie Atkins
(Norway) and Esben Toft Jacobsen's new film after The Great Bear, Beyond Beyond
(Denmark) while Norway's established animator Rasmus A. Sivertsen (Ploddy the Police Car
series) is introducing Christmas in Pinchcliffe
, also in production.
Projects in development include Copenhagen Bombay's Get Santa!
and Ploe-You Never Fly Alone
by the Icelandic creators of Legends of Valhalla-Thor
After Ronan the Barbarian
, Danish director/producer Philip Einstein Lipski is pitching the concept of another irreverent character, Hugo-The World's Worst Comeback
and SS Martha
, co-directed with Thorbjørn Christoffersen, while Jannik Hastrup & Flemming Quist Møller are preparing the comeback of the mosquitoes from A Tale and Two Mozzies
(2007) in Mini & the Mozzies
According to Cartoon Movie's organizers, animation films continue to widen their target audience, with nearly 20% of the films aimed at young adults and adults. 3D stereoscopic films represent 25% of all animation projects made in Europe.
For further information on the Danish animation projects at Cartoon Movie, check the DFI FILM digital issue: www.dfi.dk/film