Written by Kianna Best on Oct 18, 2022. Posted in General Interest

Advertorial: Madrid boosts its animation sector

Spain’s animation and VFX industry has a great international reputation, being the second in Europe in terms of production of animated feature films and the fifth worldwide. With more than 30% of the country’s companies, Madrid is being built into a key industry hub in the European animation and VFX landscape.


With this objective, the City Council and the Region of Madrid closed a deal to host  the next three editions of renowned training event Cartoon Springboard in the city, the first one running next October 25-27. In the meeting, 24 feature films and animated series projects created by young European talents, 7 of them Spanish, will be presented at the event. The featured talents will have the chance to be mentored by a panel of experts with the objective of strengthening their projects creatively and financially.



This week, the city will also host the fifth edition of Animario (20-23 Oct), Madrid’s International Contemporary Animation Festival, organized by Cineteca Madrid. With a strong focus on innovation and co-production processes, the festival will include the premiere in Madrid of Franco-Spanish co-production “Unicorn Wars”, from Spanish director Alberto Vázquez. In collaboration with Madrid Film Office, this year, the festival is organizing Animario Pro for the first time. This will include two days of screenings, conferences, round tables and meetings aimed at animation film professionals wanting to enhance contacts and business relations. The event will also feature the first private screening of Mummies, Warner’s super production that will premiere next February.



Madrid City Council also launched its first line of subsidies in 2021 with the objective to support the production and promotion of a wide range of projects related to Madrid, including feature films, series and animation projects. This year the total budget has increased to EUR 3 million , with 4 animation projects among the beneficiaries. This commitment demonstrates the prioritisation of the animation by the  Madrid City Council, which is working hand in hand with the region to position the city as one of the European epicentres of animation and VFX.




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