Spain will be the "guest country" at Cartoons On The Bay 2024

The 28th edition of the International Festival of Animation, Transmedia and Meta-Arts will be held from May 29 to June 2 in the Italian city of Pescara.

15 APR 2024

Cartoons On The Bay 2024

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The 28th edition of Cartoons On The Bay, the International Festival of Animation, Transmedia and Meta-Arts, reveals that it will have Spain as guest country. Promoted by Rai and organized by Rai Com, the Festival will take place from May 29th - June 2sd, 2024, at AURUM in Pescara, Italy.

The industry Program of the Festival proposes a series of events to go in depth into the Spanish’s production and to connect with the Italian industry in order to facilitate co-production agreements.

Founded in 1996, COTB is a leading International event dedicated to new trends in animation, gaming, comics, children contents and all transmedia visual arts. Since 2022 it has been known as the international Festival of Animation, Transmedia and Interactive Art Forms.

Sport will be the central theme for COTB 2024. From inspiring tales of athletic triumphs and challenges to the exploration of different sports cultures around the world, the festival promises to highlight the dynamic and motivational aspects of sport as a powerful storytelling medium, offering unique and imaginative interpretations that celebrate both athleticism and artistic expression.

COTB 2024, with the artistic direction by Roberto Genovesi, will give the Pulcinella Lifetime Achievement Award to American film director, screenwriter and film producer John Musker ("The Little Mermaid", "Aladdin", "Hercules", up to the more recent "The Princess and the Frog", "Moana"). During the event, John Musker will be protagonist of a retrospective and a master class, and will present in Italian premiere his latest work, "I’m Hip", that made the Animated Short Film category shortlist for the 96th Academy Awards.

On the other hand, the Sergio Bonelli Award 2024 will be to comic book artist Sara Pichelli (Marvel artist), one of the most highly regarded Italian comic book artists in the world, will receive the Sergio Bonelli Award.

This year, the jury, composed of publisher Davide Bonelli and Bonelli Editore managing director Michele Masiero, Creativa Rai director Pierluigi Colantoni, Rai Digital and Transmedia Content director Maurizio Imbriale, and Cartoons On The Bay artistic director Roberto Genovesi, has selected the artist for this prestigious award. The Sergio Bonelli Award, created by Cartoons on the Bay and Sergio Bonelli Editore, now in its third edition, will take place on May 30th.

In addition, Cartoons On The Bay honors the talent of American producer, director and writer Leslie Iwerks ("Recycled Life") with the Pulcinella Special Award 2024. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 1st.