March theme: European Animation

Deadline: February 27th, 2019

Many European countries have a long animation tradition and numerous are the nations of the old continent that today have a vital animation production. Yet, is there a European animation? In other words, has there been and/or is there today a shared approach to animation within the nations of the old continent? Can we identify some common trends in terms of modes of production, aesthetics and/or themes among the animations of European nations that are peculiar to the old continent? In order to find answer to these questions, we invite posts looking from any perspective at animations created by leading European studios and/or by independent filmmakers who work in any of the old continent’s countries. We also look forward to contributions addressing the influences that the animated works produced in European countries have undergone both by other European nations and/or by non-European countries.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • National animations in Europe (e.g. French animation, British animation, Italian animation, German animation, Spanish animation, Irish animation, etc.) and their relationship to those of other European countries;
  • Past and present leading European animation studios;
  • The European independent production;
  • The animated documentary in Europe;
  • European animation and its aesthetics;
  • Recursive themes in the European animated production;
  • European animation and its history;
  • Theorizing animation in Europe;
  • European studios and their relationship with the rest of the world.

Posts of between 600 and 900 words, which discuss any aspect of the above topic are welcome. Contributors are encouraged to include clips and at least one image to support their posts. Please also include a short bio and 3 keywords. All permissions are the responsibility of the contributor. Please contact the editors Nichola Dobson ( and Cristina Formenti ( with submissions or questions.