In total, there are 38 shows being pitched that are classified in the ‘children 6-10’ bracket, with that number rising even higher – 47 – if the ‘9-11’ age group is factored in.
On day one of the event yesterday, a crowd of producers, distributors and broadcasters saw shows such as Max & Maestro (pictured), Frankie and Doris and Abraca, all of which cater to the 6-10 demographic.
Max & Maestro, with a budget of €7 million (US$7.9 million), comes from France’s Monello Productions and Italy’s MP1, and follows a hip hop-loving kid who is introduced to an undiscovered talent in classical music by an older musician, while Frankie and Doris is from UK-based Sixteen South and follows a pair of misfit children who form an unbreakable bond. Abraca is a 26x26mins comedy from French indie Ankama and France Télévisions that has France Televisions Distribution attached.
One UK preschool executive said they attributed the noticeable drop in preschool projects to a perceived lack of preschool slots currently available. “There is a sense of, ‘where do they go?’,” they said.
The pitching Forum, considered a major coproduction financial tool for Europe’s animation producers, kicked off yesterday. Organiser Marc Vanderweyer said in opening comments that 36% of all pitches in the event’s 25-year hostory had secured funding and gone into production, with that number rising to 42% over the past decade.