Mexico has become a new focus for makers of animated feature films as production numbers are setting new records.
The director of Mexico’s animated film festival, called Pixelatl, said in Annecy, France, this week that in a very short period of time the industry has grown from one or two films a year to a record 20.
“This Mexican production machine has woken up,” said José Iñesta during the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market, recalling that there were six productions last year.
The international industry has realized that there is talent and an interesting point of view in Mexico, Iñesta said in an interview with the news agency Notimex.
Animated filmmakers in the United States are responsible in large part for the industry’s growth in Mexico, he said, and are triggering further growth.
“Mexico is the focus of attention by the international channels such as Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Discovery Kids,” building international interest in the Mexican industry.
Mexico is seen as “original, novel and fresh,” he said.
Mexico’s own festival will take place in Cuernavaca, Morelos, September 5-10.
Source: Notimex (sp)