Cartoon Forum 2018: Spotlight on Finland!
For the third time, Cartoon Forum will be putting the spotlight on a country. Finland, a country which ranks as a world leader in education, gender equality, innovation technology, games, governance, clean air… and also known as the country with the happiest people. More importantly: which has a very special position on the animation scene with international co-pros tradition, a fast and simple 25% cash rebate, and world famous brands from the classical "Moomins" TV series and features, two "Niko" features from 2008 and 2012, to the 2016 success of "The Angry Birds Movie" that was a blockbuster hit in the majority of territories around the world. On the strength of its three selected projects this year, Finnish animation will appear as a constant thread throughout Cartoon Forum with presentations of Finnish studios during Croissant Shows, Finnish Farewell dinner & Party, … and many more Finnish surprises to come!
The three selected Finnish projects are:
- "Harry and Bip – Summer Season" by Ink and Light
- "Momolu and Friends" by Kaiken Entertainment
- "One Thousand and One Animals" by Haruworks
About the Finnish animation industry
Finland is full of creative producers and possesses a wide variety of animation companies in terms of sizes, specialties and pipelines. Series have been the main business for around 43% of Finnish producers most recently. The country has a strong tech-savvy reputation and Finnish producers are also early adopters, thus they are increasingly working with VR and AR. The animation scene in Finland has also been bolstered by the thriving Finnish game industry, which is attracting highly skilled animation professionals to the country and promoting skills diversity and cross-platform knowledge.
A Finnish coaching programme
A coaching programme will be organized during Cartoon Forum for some Finnish animation schools: Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK / Art & Media) - Aalto University / Department of Film, Television and Scenography - Turku University of Applied Sciences - Arts Academy. The "coaching programme" is a training initiative through which young talents from local well-known specialized schools will have a large overview and insights on the animation industry and the challenges of launching an animation project.
The Finnish partners of this Spotlight on Finland include: