Over 300 works in competition for more than 50 countries and Germany, host country of the 27th edition. Peter Lord, Ari Folman, Ian Mackinnon, Altan and Bruno Bozzetto. These are the five axes of the new edition of Cartoons on the Bay, the television animation, transmedia and meta-art festival directed by Roberto Genovesi for Rai Com which was presented today on Rai and which will take place from 31 May to 4 June in Pescara, in collaboration with the Abruzzo Region and the Municipality of Pescara.
The professional program is full of meetings including panels, Knote, masterclasses, which will see the greatest Masters of animation, videogames and metaverses as protagonists. To Peter Lord and Ari Folman, respectively the signatures behind masterpieces such as Wallace & Gromit and Waltz with Bashir the Pulcinella Awards for Lifetime Achievement, to Ian MacKinnon, key master of the Pinocchio puppets, Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning masterpiece, the award as study of the year and the Cuphead phenomenon, between cartoons and video games the new Transmedia award of the event. Altan will receive the Sergio Bonelli Award, which last year was awarded to Zerocalcare and Carlos Grangel.
Cartoons on the Bay confirms its formula which enhances Rai’s teamwork by involving Rai Kids, RaiPlay and Rai Radio Kids through live shows, events for the public and for schools such as the musical of the Winx or that of the Puppies, the presence of the most famous mascots of the programs broadcast on Rai Gulp and Rai Yoyo and of the faces most loved by children such as those of Andrea Lucchetta and Armando Traverso, who will be accompanied by the now famous Rai Radio Kids DJ. A real cross-media project will involve Rai Play which will exclusively host some parts of the festival programme, such as the retrospectives dedicated to Peter Lord and Ian Mackinnon and the special for the 140th anniversary of the first publication of Collodi’s Pinocchio.
Among the guests most awaited by children also Pera Toons who will intervene in the program and sign copies of his latest book and Giorgio Vanni with his concert on the most famous theme songs of cartoons who will be able to entertain children, parents and grandparents together for an afternoon . The preview of the film is eagerly awaited The Zodiac Knights scheduled for June 1 at 21 at the Cinema Massimo theater and the Fun & Games Village, where for the first time the festival will host a tournament of the famous Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. The Cartoons on the Bay 2023 poster is entrusted to Monica Manganelli, set designer of Cloud Atlas and some of the most innovative and experimental theatrical works of recent years to which the festival exhibition is also dedicated.
Cartoons on the Bay 2023 will take place at the Aurum (professional programme), at Piazza della Rinascita (public programme) and at the Teatro Cinema Massimo (previews, retrospectives and competing titles). Free admission to all activities.