Conditions of admission and regulations

Only one TV project can be submitted per company.

The submitted project must be:

  • An animation project of a minimum running time of 26 minutes
    The project can be a series intended for television (and new platforms), or a TV special. The total running time of the project (addition of all foreseen episodes) should be at least 26 minutes. Projects with a total running time shorter than 26 minutes will not be considered. All new animation techniques are accepted (minimum 50% animation).
  • In state of development
    The project should have completed the pre-production phase and be therefore ready to go into production and not yet all the finance assembled. 
  • European
    Any European producer whose registered office is located in a country associated with the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme can present a new animation project at the Cartoon Forum. 
  • Countries associated with Creative Europe - MEDIA: the 27 EU countries + Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Tunisia & Ukraine.
    Official EU page: "Eligibility of organisations from non-EU countries"
  • Attention: since the Brexit, the UK is not part of the eligible countries.

Please note that:
- Only independant production companies can submit a project.
- Production teams of selected projects must afford registration fees to Cartoon Forum.


Each project must be accompanied by a written statement of interest from a broadcaster, a new platform attesting to their support of the project.

Selection procedures

The producer must respect the admission requirements and the deadlines, and must provide the required documents as mentioned in our toolbox and in our website.

The selection criteria upon which CARTOON’s Selection Committee will make its decision are based on the compliance with the admission requirements mentioned above and the global objectives of Creative Europe - MEDIA, which are as follows:

  • to preserve and enhance European cultural and linguistic diversity and its cinematographic and audiovisual heritage, guarantee its accessibility to the public and promote intercultural dialogue;
  • to increase the circulation and viewership of European audiovisual works inside and outside the European Union;
  • to strengthen the competitiveness of the European audiovisual sector in the framework of an open and competitive European market favourable to employment, including by promoting links between audiovisual professionals.

The Selection Committee will therefore take into consideration, among other things:

  • the European origin of the presented work;
  • its technique easily assimilated to an animation film;
  • its creative potential, its originality and its place in the international market;
  • its economic and commercial prospects, its ability to create jobs in Europe, its positioning in the European market, its prospective audience;
  • the ability of the producer to create European cooperations around the project;
  • the novelty of the presented work.

In order to meet the objectives of Creative Europe - MEDIA, and notably the cultural and geographical diversity, CARTOON will pay particular attention to projects from countries that have a low capacity of audiovisual production and to those from the new member states.

On the basis of the information contained in the application file, CARTOON’s Selection Committee reserves itself the right to assess the European nature of the projects received and their state of advancement before admitting them to the Cartoon Forum.

CARTOON’s selection committee reserves itself the right to limit the amount of projects accepted to Cartoon Forum in order to ensure that all projects presented will have a fair and equal chance of finding potential partners (maximum 1 project per company can be submitted). In the case where CARTOON receives an excessive amount of projects, selection will be made according to the overall strength of the project, to the admission requirements mentioned above and to the global objectives of the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme.

Producers will be informed of the Selection Committee’s decision. The Selection Committee’s decision is final. In case of dispute, the producers are entitled to request a written justification from the Selection Committee.


Any producer who does not comply with the information contained in the application file during the project’s production phase will be barred from participation in subsequent sessions of the Cartoon Forum.

Withdrawal of projects

Producers whose project has been selected can’t withdraw their project beyond 28 June 2021, or they will have to pay CARTOON the sum of 1000 EUR. This rule is set in order to be fair to other producers who didn’t have the chance to be selected.