– In Toulouse, we discovered the five new projects presented by Portuguese creatives, including two co-produced with Spain
Graphic designer Bruna Ferrazzini and director Da Matta pitch Biriki
Every year since 2016, Tolouse’s Comic Book Forum highlights the animation industry of a given country. During this edition which takes place from September 21 to 23, the French gathering has chosen to focus on Portuguese animation to praise its ability to foster talents working in studios across Europe and to build a diverse network with a strong artistic and production capacity, supported by the public aid offered by the Portuguese Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual (ICA), Portuguese Film Commission (PFC) and 30% cash back from the Cinema and Tourism Fund. Originally focusing on short films, Portuguese animation now pursues the ambition to explore larger formats, including feature films and television series.
Over the past three days, Cartoon Forum, one of the main international forums for pitching and co-production of animated television series, has allowed Portuguese producers to present the works they are developing. Here is a brief overview of their new projects:
Biriki – Luis Da Matta Almeida (Portugal / Spain)
Written by Ilaria Turba, this 26×7 preschool series follows little Biriki, ready to discover the world around her. The birth of a rainbow, the freezing of a lake, the discovery of coal or of a particular object such as feathers or seashells become an opportunity for Biriki and her friends to grow up. The project is produced by the director himself for Sparkle Animation and Chelo Loureiro for Spain Abano Productions.
Pete & Bern’s – Bernardo Pacheco and Pedro Rodrigues (Portugal)
The 52×3 TV series follows the two titular siblings born from the same egg. Despite this, they have almost nothing in common, but must learn to coexist. Each with their own enthusiasm, but necessarily together, they must face the adversities of everyday life, or the dangers of a great adventure. Pacheco and Rodrigues previewed an extract representing the two main characters fighting against an improbable giant mold. The project is aimed at an audience of adults and young adults.
The Adventures of Princess P – Pedro Lino (Portugal)
This 52×11 series, written by Pedro Lino and Philippe Santos, centered on the young princess P, the only daughter of the rulers of kingdom K. She is a girl with strong convictions: defender of the weakest, true environmentalist, she always tries to change the opinion of adults, especially her parents preservatives. . In each episode, she faces new challenges that put her convictions to the test, in a world where anything is possible. Castles, knights and princesses mingle with aliens, time travel and computer games, setting the challenges of children’s daily experiences in this imaginary land. The project, aimed at children aged 6 to 11, is organized by Pablo Iraola for a studio based in Lisbon Ukbar Movies.
The Saskatoons – Evgenia Golubeva and Nadia cardoso (Portugal / Spain)
Produced by Pablo Jordi for Spain Pikkukala and Diogo Carvalho for Sardinha em Lata, this 26×11 project revolves around Gigi and Alex, unlikely heroes who become global experts in saving the world from the mighty old forces. Their adventures find them at the forefront when malicious powers are unleashed from historical artifacts. With their robot Dokku, they are called “The Saskatoons”. The series, aimed at children aged 6 to 11, is written by Golubeva and Myles McLeod.
What is it about? – Pedro Lino (Portugal)
The second project, directed by Pedro Lino and co-written with Philippe Santos, is a Portugal Take it slow presentation. In this 52×11 show, we will be following the “What is this?” family, with their magic van, in a series of adventures through the mysteries of science. From the wonders of the universe to microscopic puzzles, nothing is impossible to the curiosity of our characters. The target audience is, again, children aged 6 to 11.