"European animation schools are turning out such good student films these days that not only are many more winning international festivals; they are raising the bar for professionals worldwide.
It’s no secret that shorts are an odd fit for broadcasters, who often either ignore the format or have little/no budget for one-offs or little/no place in their schedules. And there are fewer champions of the art form like Channel 4 (U.K.) in the ‘80s and ‘90s, although Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and MTV have made and continue to make commendable efforts to keep the short alive in one form or another (i.e., shorts, music videos, commercials, station IDs, etc.) As a result, fewer professionals are dedicating the time, budget and resources to them, especially in Europe. Unlike U.S. studios, most European studios often don’t have funding for R&D, a role the animation schools have traditionally filled. A model not unlike that for — surprise! — the high-technology sector."