The participants of the 18th celebration of the Cartoon Forum, held in Girona between 19 and 22 September, have chosen two Catalan companies as the winners of the Cartoon Tributes. These awards are given by the European Association of Animated Film in recognition of company contributions to the development of this industry.
Televisió de Catalunya earned the honours of Broadcaster of the Year, thanks to its active role as a driving force in the Catalan animation industry. For its part, the Catalan distributor Luk Internacional was awarded Investor/Distributor of the Year for its work in bringing European Animation to the Spanish and Portuguese markets since 1979. The prize for Producer of the Year went out to the British studio TV Cartoons, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
This year's edition of the Cartoon Forum awarded the first "Tribute of Honour", an honourable mention for a whole lifetime of devotion to the sector. Again, the recipient was Catalan: the President of BRB International and Screen 21, Claudio Biern Boyd.