Toon Power is built on solid foundations
For the third consecutive year, Spain second only to France in the number of animation projects presented in March at Cartoon Movie 2022 in Bordeaux, an unmissable international art event.
Spanish the producers will bring 10 feature film projects to the event, including two by Lorena Ares and Carlos Fernández de Vigo in “Moonbeam” and “DinoGames”, “Rock Bottom” by María Trenor, “Draw” by Lorenzo Degl’Innocenti and Xosé Zapata and Carmen Córdoba “A world of their own.”
Of the list, four are international co-productions, two have budgets over 8 million euros ($9.04 million) and seven of the 10 projects are aimed at adult audiences, reflecting a recent global trend.
With a glut of projects currently underway since Spainseveral other possible gems include “Robot Dreams” by Pablo Berger, sold by Elle Driver, Warner Bros. Spain and the 4 Cats Pictures co-production “Mummies,” “They Shot the Piano Player” by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal – sold by Film Constellation – SC Films Intl. by Salvador Simó sold “Dragonkeeper”, and the third release of the popular “Franchise Tadéo Jones.”
Spain has a long and solid tradition in animation, especially in talent development. The country also boasts top-notch schools and specialty events such as the Quirino Awards, Weird Market, Bridging The Gap, and Animac.
During the last years, Spanish Animation highlights include SPA Studios’ Oscar-nominated “Klaus”, Annecy Jury Prize winner “Buñuel in the Turtle Labyrinth” and European Film Award winner “Another Day of Life”.
Additionally, the regional governments of Madrid and Barcelona recently announced the creation of local animation and visual effects hubs.
More crucial are the new national regulations that have been implemented. The tax breaks triple and even more the new ceiling for reimbursement of filming/international productions and the state aid available has increased to 75% (instead of 50%) of total budgets.
Other local incentives include an increase in tax breaks on foreign animation works made in the Canary Islands and a new system of tax incentives proposed by the government of Navarre.
“I praise the new attitude Spainthe body of the film adopts, it is intelligent and strategic. A new measure should be the creation of a specific funding line for experienced animation producers,” said producer David Matamoros.
Catalonia, for example, has dedicated a funding line specifically to animation. “In the past, there were only one or two animation projects seeking public funds, but since the new line was incorporated, there are regularly four or five,” says Matamoros.
“If the ecosystem is working…the results appear immediately,” said producer Ivan Agenjo. The dangers, he warned, are a lack of available talent and a bottleneck in distribution.
Four animated feature films have been produced from Spain in 2017, two in 2018, five in 2019, and one in 2020. Judging by the current pipeline, those numbers are expected to increase significantly, and soon.
One of the situations faced by producers is a strong demand for concrete jobs. During the pandemic, many seniors Spanish animators have found work online with foreign studios and now, “due to local demand, we are finding a rare availability of senior animators,” says producer Chelo Loureiro (“Unicorn Wars” and “Sultana’s Dreams”) .
“We are going through a period of growth like we have never seen in this country,” said Nico Matji, president of Spanish says the Diboos animation association and the producer. “All Spanish the people involved in the animation are working now. In fact, we have serious problems finding senior animators and composers.
Other producers, less enthusiastic, regret the low involvement of public and commercial broadcasters and that few projects are geared towards the family, “who are the ones who create a real industry”, explains a producer who requested anonymity. “We must generate sustainable IP and increase development aid.
In short, the sector is facing a paradigm shift. A voluminous list of projects, new financial measures and growing international partnerships are just some of the reasons SpainThe animation industry is on the rise.
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