In addition to the return of companies such as Zinkia and D’Ocon Films, they are now joined by new players such as Brites Films, the producer of “Audrey & Pérez”.
“Pocoyó”, a series screened in over 150 countries and whose YouTube channel has 14 million subscribers, returns to MipJunior brought by B&R360, the sales agency headed by Ignacio Orive. The producer, the Spanish company Zinkia Entertainment, is making 26 new episodes in the series.
The series “Los Fruittis”, created by the D’Ocon Films studio in 1989, is another returning classic, in this case with a new season of 52 episodes produced in 3D, which will be ready for release in 2020.
Marketed by Filmax, “La Granja de Turu” (26x7') is an adaptation for a television series of the feature film “La Gallina Turuleca”, a Spanish-Argentinian co-production that will be released in cinemas on January 1 and has already had very successful advanced sales. Currently in development, the series “Turu” is co-produced by Filmax in association with Tandem Films, Turanga Films and the Argentinian company Pampa Films.
The next edition of MIPJunior, which takes place on October 12 and 13 in Cannes and serves as the prelude to MIPCOM, also marks the debut of “Audrey & Pérez”, the animated series project produced by Sandra Fernández for the company Brites Films. Specifically conceived for children aged 3 to 9, "Audrey & Pérez" uses humor and fantasy to narrate the adventures of Audrey, the tooth fairy, and El Ratoncito Pérez, a classic character in popular Hispanic culture.
Ánima Kitchent, the producer – among other hits – of “Cleo & Cuquín”, a series inspired by the famous cartoon series of the 1960s “La Familia Telerín”, also brings the project entitled “Aventuras en Bodytown” to the market. The company is pre-producing “Bodytown”, directed by Rogelio Folgueras, the animator of features such as Cartoon Network's “Amazing world of Gumball”.
3D Wire, the prelude to MIPJunior
“Bodytown” was selected to participate in the recent edition of the 3D Wire market in Segovia, an event which every year brings together up-and-coming talents in Spanish animation.
Rechristened "Weird Wire" in order to reflect new forms of artistic expression such as comics and boardgames, this market has become established as an unmissable meeting point for networking and identifying new talent, which is key not only for the sphere of animation but for the fiction industry as a whole.
There is no question that the animation industry is undergoing a resurgence, particularly in Spanish regions such as the Canary Islands and Navarre where the sector is growing largely thanks to support from attractive tax incentives.
The Canary Islands host MipJunior under the umbrella brand Canary Islands Film, and welcomes companies such as Ánima Kitchent Canarias, Birdland Entertainment, La Casa Animada and We Love Animation, dedicated to offering services to this emerging sector.
In the case of Navarre, for the last three years it has been luring animation and post-production companies with a 40% tax deduction for investment in R+D. The latest company to set up there is The Thinklab, which was preceded by others such as Apolo Films (“Dartacán y los Tres Mosqueperros”) and Dr. Platypus and Ms. Wombat (“Dinogames”).