A European action plan for the animation and VFX industry was presented in Berlin on Tuesday 20th February. It covers the topics of talent, access to markets and funding. What many people don’t know: in the film industry, animation and VFX are among the most in-demand German exports. This is a sound basis for making German producers and studios more successful – as long as the required means are available.
Animation Germany UG invited Christian Davin, the President of CARTOON (an international association to support the animation industry, funded by Creative Europe) as the keynote speaker at an exclusive industry event during the Berlinale, in oder to discuss necessary adjustments to the framework within which the industry operates.
Docteur en Droit (France) and Master of Law (Canada)
Christian Davin started his professional career in 1975 as an international business lawyer specialized in uranium mining. In 1989, following a dramatic career change, he became President of France Animation. After the sale of the company in 1997 to France Telecom, he founded his own production and distribution company, Alphanim, which was sold ten years later to Gaumont. From 1989 until 2007 he produced over 900 hours of animation for television and cinema. He led the Animation Producers’ Union (SPFA) from 1989 to 2009. He is now an investment partner at Monello Productions (France) and WOW Unlimited (Canada). He also acts as consultant for Monello Productions and has been the President of CARTOON since 2009.
Animation Germany was founded by the industry to promote German animation/VFX producers, productions and studios and for the sake of expanding the international business potential for German companies.
The label provides a platform to get together and informs about players and products in the German market. Moreover, Animation Germany offers events that will encourage international co-productions.
Animation and VFX are part of the vibrant creative industry.
Co-production Norway, Germany
German producer Tradewind Pictures, Wildbunch
german studios Tradewind Pictures, Pixomondo
International SalesNordisk Film
Co-production Germany, Luxembourg
German producer MotionWorks, Studiocanal Film
german studios Motionworks, Lavalabs
Co-productionSwitzerland, Germany, Sweden
German producerAlexandra Schatz Filmproduktion, TrickStudio Lutterbeck, Senator Film Produktion
german studios Trickstudio Lutterbeck
International SalesGlobal Screen
German producer Tradewind Pictures, Senator Film München, ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
german studiosChimney, Tradewind Pictures
German producerCaligari Film- und Fernsehproduktions GmbH, Synergy Film
german studios Caligari Film
International SalesCaligari International
German producerAkkord Film, Lavalabs
german studiosStudiorakete, Virgin Lands
International SalesSola Media
german studios Trixter
Co-productionGermany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway
German producerKnudsen & Streuber Medienmanufaktur, Ulysses Filmproduktion, Senator Film Produktion, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)
german studiosUlysses, Studiorakete
International SalesGlobal Screen
German producer Little Dream Entertainment
german studiosLittle Dream Entertainment
International SalesCamino Filmverleih
Co-productionFirst Look BV (NL), Comet Film GmbH (DE), A. Film Production A/S (DK)
German producer Comet Film GmbH
german studiosAmbient Entertainment, Solid Sound/Torus
International SalesCMG - CINEMA MANAGEMENT GROUP
Co-productionDor Film (AT), Potemkino (BE), BE-Films (BE), Universum Film, Minifilm, MMC Movies Köln
German producer blue eyes Fiction and Trixter Productions
german studiosUniversum Film
In cooperation withWDR und ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen
International SalesGlobal Screen
Source mediabiz, brochure „Animation & VFX Made In Germany 2017/18“. All information is subject to change without prior notice.
The animation production day (“apd”) is the most important coproduction and co-financing market in Germany specialising in animation projects, with over 120 coproduction, financing and distribution partners who negotiate projects starting from the treatment phase.
In the third module, the focus is on B2B talks between producers and financiers. Targeted matchmaking with German and international distributors as well as international sales and distribution companies will be scheduled. This is the platform to take the project one step further, to attract distributors and achieve financing.
The Festival d’Animation Annecy is the largest and most important festival for animation films in the world. An active community meets and talks about worldwide developments in production technology as well as creative trends and talents.
In the first module, an overview of the German market structure and funding possibilities will be given. Afterwards, producers will introduce German production companies and studios and use case studies to illustrate their experiences of coproduction.
Finally there will be a meet & greet session exclusively for German and Italian producers. Here the aim is for each participant, via several face-to-face conversations, to expand his or her own business network and explore ideas for cooperation.
The Cartoon Forum is the biggest European coproduction and co-financing market, and, from a German perspective, the most attractive international B2B event with nine hundred participants.
In the second module the focus of information for producers is Italy. In addition to the keynote, the event aims to further intensify networking opportunities via face-to-face pitch meetings.The goal of each meeting should be to discuss a project that is clearly aimed at an international audience. It could lead to initial exchanges of financing linked to work-split structures. This part is reserved for producers from both countries.
The event will end in the yearly reception of the German industry, which brings producers, distributors and financiers together, as well as guests from Italy.
Animation Germany’s shareholders are Allianz Deutscher Produzenten e.V. and Verband der technischen Betriebe für Film und Fernsehen e.V. Animation Germany is supported by a supervisory board that consists of three industry stakeholders: Animation Production Day - Stuttgart (Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH), German Films Marketing + Services and AG Animationsfilm e.V.
Animation Germany is supported by the the German Federal Film Board (FFA), German Films, Film und Fernsehfond Bayern (FFF), Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), Film und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig Holstein (FFHSH), nordmedia and Creative Europe.