In Asia, companies that used to service U.S. or European toon pics are moving from outsourcing into production, Marin reported.
The emerging territory surge is thanks in part to state backing.
"South Africa's government definitely sees animation as a key growth area, which is why we have so much support," said Stuart Forrest, producer of Annecy competition player "Khumba," which was co-financed by South Africa's semi-state Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).
"In emerging markets, the child-to-parent ratio is much higher than in the developed markets," he added.
From March 2012, Brazilian pay TV operators are obliged by law to air 3.5 hours of Brazilian content weekly. Local TV shows grew fourfold at Brazil's 15 main paybox channels from about 60 first quarter 2012 to 270 in the last quarter, according to Brazil's Ancine agency, said Rachel do Valle at the Brazilian Independent TV Producers Assn., which hosts a MIFA exhibition booth.
Meanwhile, select international toonpics -- "Khumba," "Pinocchio" and "Oggy and the Cockroaches" -- are punching numerous sales. Others are running up noteworthy box office, especially outside the U.S.
Both 2012 Annecy competition contenders, "Adventures in Zambezia" has grossed $24.9 million (see separate news story), "Tad the Lost Explorer" $50 million-plus. Screening out of competition this year, Toei Animation's "One Piece Film Z" soared to $72.8 million in Japan, three times takings for "The Dark Knight Rises." Russia's "Three Warriors on Far Shores" fought to $32.1 million from a Christmas launch.
In an ideal world, Hollywood would be admired in Europe for its artistry; companies would reach out to others across the globe to collaborate on films; distinctiveness -- in culture, setting, style, authorial voice -- would be seen as a plus. All that can be said about Annecy, and the global animation industry.
Yet a Europa Distribution workshop Wednesday will focus on not only the opportunities, but the challenges facing European toonpic distribution as, per its preamble, a scarcity of production has turned to abundance, even excessive abundance.
It is still hellishly difficult for the vast majority of independent animation films to stand out in a crowded release field, or to be held to match up to Hollywood's finest. Alternative art films garner critical plaudits, most don't break out at the box office.
One inevitable debating point at Annecy will be why global talent often now seems more appreciated by Hollywood than local audiences.
The Annecy fest runs June 10-15; MIFA June 12-14.
"The Apostle," (Fernando Cortizo, Spain)
"Arjun, The Warrior Prince," (Arnab Chaudhuri, India)
"Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle For Doldrey," (Toshiyuki Kubooka, Japan)
"Jasmine," (Alain Ughette, France)
"Khumba," (Anthony Silverston, South Africa)
"Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return," (Daniel St. Pierre, William Finn, U.S.)