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Turkish Animation Industry How Much Larger Can It Become?

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Turkish Animation Industry How Much Larger Can It Become?: Last month, Cartoon Brew went to the Animasyros International Animation Festival in Greece.

We chatted with studio owner and director Mehmet Kurtuluş, ASIFA Turkey president Berat Ilk, and Yaşar University academic Zeynep Akçay about their developing business.

Turkish Animation Industry How Much Larger Can It Become?

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Turkish Animation Comedy Bad Cat

A significant industry, Turkish commercial animation is more extensive than Germany’s. “Anima Istanbul employs over 100 full-time employees and produces over 100 commercials every year.

As well as even though I despise advertisements, we learn a lot from them—how to be fast, develop high-end CG quality, explore new approaches, and enhance the pipeline.”

Anima Istanbul released their first feature-length film, the raunchy computer-animated comedy Evil Cat (Bad Cat) , based on a popular mid-90s Turkish comedic character. Kurtuluş said he’d never make a film this way again, but the experience was worth it.

“You have to start,” he said. We were a significant participant in the international commercial field for years, but not in the [feature] industry. We are taken seriously now that we have created a feature-length film on a shoestring budget.”

This year, Bad Cat grossed almost $1.5 million at the Turkish box office, more than either Disney’s Zootopia or Dreamworks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3.

Hollywood Blockbusters Aren’t Popular In Turkey

Zeynep Akçay confirms that Turkish moviegoers prefer indie films over Hollywood blockbusters. It will be issued in Germany, which has the largest Turkish community outside Turkey.

Despite the popularity of Bad Cat, the Turkish government does not encourage feature film production, making co-production impossible.

The government replaces its people every year. Imagine spending a year lobbying one individual who finally believes in your cause, just to be gone.”

However, the Turkish TV industry is generally steady. It has 17 national children’s networks, producing at least 20% of its animated material in Turkish and reflecting Turkish culture.

This desire for Turkish content helps young animators find employment and develop experience in the country’s animation sector while also keeping studios busy.

However, some reasons limit Turkish television animation’s growth. Because Turkish TV stations expect fundamental rights to the shows they fund, distribution and co-production are challenging. These constraints eliminate the possibility of higher budgets and production values, at least for local consumption.

Limon And Oli On Disney Channel Is In The Works

To attract international investment, the government should focus on producing high-quality entertainment. With its closeness to and communication standards similar to the rest of Europe, Turkey can offer animation production competitively with East Asian service studios.

But Anima Istanbul is pushing its IP hard. The third season of Disney Channel’s Limon and Oli is presently under development. The studio is also working on two shows for Cartoon Network and a Bad Cat sequel in co-production with China.

ASIFA Berat Ilk emphasizes Turkey’s geographic advantage, being close to both Europe and Asia and Africa, a rising market. “While don’t money right now, we do have citizens and talented individuals, almost 80 million of them.

A more robust educational framework in specific animation-related fields will help firms produce better work. Kurtuluş’ studio Anima Istanbul developed an academy to cultivate and teach talent for its studio.

Canlandranlar Talent Camp, a program backed by numerous Turkish colleges, helps teach artists interested in short-form filmmaking. But there is a shortage of commercial manufacturing and distribution training.

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