Spotlight on Wallonia-Brussels
Wallonia-Brussels is the Southern part of Belgium. A small region inside a small country at the center of a big Europe. We are a little neighbour but a great partner. We have small companies but make big business. Our heroes are little but we have a great heritage. In short, we are little giants.
Looking at Wallonia-Brussels animation field, you’ll find:
- Several sources of financing (cultural and economic funds, tax shelter)
- Tremendous creativity
- The biggest success stories ever, from Tintin to Smurfs
- Flexible and reliable partners
- Technical and esthetical know-how
- A strong cultural heritage (from painting to comics, cinema and architecture…)
- Renowned art schools
To benefit from all of our financing supports,
you need a partner based in Wallonia or Brussels.
- CULTURAL FUND
Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel
The CCA aims at supporting and promoting audiovisual creation in Wallonia-Brussels. It grants selective supports for writing, development and production for all types of formats (long, short, series) based on the artistic and cultural quality of the projects, being national films or international co-productions. It also grants automatic support for production as well as for promotion and distribution. The CCA is the first support mechanism producers apply to when building up the financing of their majority film.
It has launched in 2018 with public broadcaster RTBF “Creanimation”, a program aiming at supporting the development of Wallonia-Brussels animation series.
- TAX INCENTIVE
The Tax Shelter system is a federal tax incentive aiming at encouraging the production and creation of European audiovisual works. It allows companies wishing to invest and support audiovisual productions to benefit from tax deductions. Each year more than 150.000.000 € are injected in Belgian coproductions.
- REGIONAL ECONOMIC FUNDS
The regional funds provide financial support based on the level of expenses that a filmmaking productions locates in Wallonia and/or Brussels-Capital-Region. Regional funds are combinable with tax shelter.
Active in Wallonia for nearly 20 years, Wallimage covers 20 to 25% of the production costs of your animation projects produced in studios or any other post-production centres in the south of the country. Fully compatible with Tax-Shelter, the Wallimage fund is also characterised by its flexibility and speed of action, investing €6.5 million every year through five calls for projects, each decided in no more than five weeks.
Launched in 2016, screen.brussels fund organizes three calls in January, June & September to select projects – animation, film, doc, web, etc. - that have already secured part of their funding (40%) and are expected to spend a minimum of 250,000€ in Brussels. State of the art studios (Walking the Dog, L’Enclume, Panique! MacGuff Belgium, nWaves e.g) are gathered within the ‘Brussels Animation Valley’ with experience in international co-production projects. Their portfolio include Ari Folman’s Anne Frank, Johan Sfar’s Petit Vampire,
Ben Stassen’s Bigfoot Junior or Patar & Aubier A Town Called Panic, Mathieu Auvrey’s Jean- Michel, Super Caribou and Tanguy de Kermel‘s SamSam among others. Additionally, screen.brussels offers a variety of services to support innovation and internationalization for entrepreneurs and invests in local businesses.
RTBF (BELGIAN RADIO AND TELEVISION IN THE WALLONIA BRUSSELS FEDERATION)
RTBF co-produces animated series and individual programmes rooted in Belgium’s art and literature; it also pays particular attention to projects that stand out for their aesthetic character. These programmes must be produced or co-produced by independent Belgian companies. Coming soon: Shooom’s Odyssey, Stinky Dog and The Smurfs. In terms of acquisitions, RTBF concentrates on innovative contemporary European animated series for children aged 8 to 10, with a wide range of digital productions such as Mr Magoo, Arthur and the Children of the Round Table and Mush-Mush and the Mushables. RTBF also intends to explore European and international fiction aimed at 10 to 15-year-olds and at 15 to 18-year-olds.
FESTIVAL AND SCHOOLS
Anima, the Brussels International Animation Film Festival, aims to promote cartoons and animated films from all over the world. It also seeks to foster a dialogue between professionals, filmmakers and the public, and to raise awareness of quality animation among film and television distributors. The festival is organizing an international as well as a national competition. The festival nominates its awarded films for the Emile Awards and the Oscar® for best animated short. Anima takes place in February-March in Brussels and is decentralised in ten cities in Belgium. It welcomes more than 45.000 people.
Wallonia-Brussels counts several schools for artistic and technical training of audiovisual and animation film professionals among which La Cambre and HEAJ.
Some are internationally reputed for their top quality curriculum 2D and 3D, stop motion and other animation techniques, attracting huge numbers of foreign students.
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