Cartoon Movie is a yearly pan-European festival that 2012 brings creators of animated feature films at various stages of production with financiers, co-producers and distributors. The organisers have looked over the 50 films being pitched and drawn out current trends including a big leap in stereo 3D and a growth in adult-focussed productions.

The organisers note that european animation has not only taken a definitive leap to CG animation, which accounts for half of the projects, but also moved decisively towards stereoscopic 3D, with 40% of the projects conceived to be made in this technology, doubling last year's figure.

France – which remains the region's powerhouse – will be represented with 19 projects, followed by the Nordic countries – led by Denmark – with 13, Belgium with four and Germany with two. This year's projects have a global budget of €291.2million, with an average cost of €5.8million per film.

The trend of adult-skewed films in European animation is growing: 20% of the selected projects target an adult audience and tackle political or sensitive subjects ranging from the Angolan civil war and its child soldiers (Another Day of Life), World War I (Cafard), Nazism in the biopic of a boxing champion (Young Perez), child neglect (It's a Zucchini's Life, The Island of Lost Children), Alzheimer's disease (Wrinkles), and the story of life on Earth (Alpha).

Another Day of Life


It's A Zucchini Life

Cnocept art for The Island of Lost Children


Young Perez


Literature and comics remain a strong source of inspiration, with some of this year's projects based on adaptations and screenplays from writers such as Ryszard Kapuscinski, Jacques Prévert, Gilles Paris, Jean-François Beauchemin, Leena Krohn, Gunilla Bergström and Kjell Aukrust as well as on award-winning graphic novels by authors like Enki Bilal and Arthur de Pins – who will direct their films themselves – Paco Roca and Jens Harder.

This year in Lyon, some well-known TV animated series will also make their leap to the big screen, including The Triplets from Spain, Alfie Atkins from Sweden and Belgium's Pic Pic André Shoow. Cartoon Movie 2012 will also reveal projects that seek aesthetic and narrative innovation in animation.

The Triplets

Alfie Atkins

Pic Pic André Shoow