MIDAS, Greater Manchester’s inward investment agency, and The Children’s Media Conference, the UK’s premier organisation for the children’s content industries, are once again teaming up to present Manimation 2015. Now in its third year, Manimation informs companies and freelancers about key factors for success in working in children’s animation, visual effects, interactive technologies, games, apps, virtual / augmented reality and commercial animation. The conference follows on from a successful 2014 edition at which Cathal Gaffney, CEO of Brown Bag Films, shared insight into how to succeed in the industry and announced the opening of a 2D animation office in Manchester. This year the event will take place at HOME on the 19 November, where it will run exclusive business and inspiration sessions for the animation community.
Some respected Greater Manchester animation professionals have already been announced as part of this year’s speaker line-up, with more to follow. These include:
- Mole Hill, director of the Clangers, the cult classic recently brought back to UK TV by Manchester animation company Factory.
- Mike Robinson, head of studio at CHF Entertainment, founded on the legacy of Cosgrove Hall which produced such British classics as Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, The Wind in the Willows, and The BFG.
- David Barton, producer at Cubic Motion, a sophisticated facial animation company that have worked on titles including Batman: Arkham Knight, Halo 4: Spartan Ops, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
- Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s
This year’s conference will also coincide with the inaugural Manchester Animation Festival (MAF), which has recently announced its full line-up of guest speakers, workshops, masterclasses, retrospectives, panel discussions and feature screenings. MAF will run a session named ‘Making it in Manchester’, in which a panel of animation professionals will discuss the past, present and exciting future of animation in the region. This event will take place on the evening of Wednesday 18 November, and will allow free entry to Manimation Delegates. Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS, part of Manchester Growth Company said:
“Greater Manchester has long been an industry leader in animation, with a decorated and respected heritage of content creators. “Today, Manchester has developed a talented, creative and uniquely diverse cluster of animation professionals, which makes Manimation a fantastic opportunity for regional, national and international delegates to gain industry insight and form valuable connections.”
What’s included in your Manimation pass?
- Manimation: keynotes, panels and showcases
- Lunch and break time tea and coffee
- Afternoon one-to-ones: the opportunity to meet many of the speakers and other delegates in one-to-one meetings which are booked by all registered delegates on the day
- Manimation Masterclass: 6.30-7.30pm
- Delegates networking drinks: from 7.30pm
- The opportunity to come to the Making It In Manchester session on Wednesday evening for free
Complimentary passes are available for companies not based in the UK. Please contact Martha.Sama@Midas.org.uk for information on how to obtain your free pass.