MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, has joined forces with The Children’s Media Conference, the UK’s premier organisation for the kids’ content industries, to run Manimation: The Manchester Animation Festival. Manimation will be delivered as a series of one-day events which aim to highlight the opportunities within this sector and help Manchester’s SMEs to compete on a global scale.
The events are designed to inform companies and freelancers about key factors for success in working for the children’s and animation audience. Speakers will include broadcasters, commissioners, buyers and animation consultants and the events will help companies to understand the commissioning and acquisition needs of the key UK broadcasters of animation, and their commissioning processes.
SMEs from Greater Manchester who attend two or more events can attend the festival for free. To receive a promotion code for free tickets, please contact Andrew Hill, Andrew.Hill@midas.org.uk.
Where are the alternative sources of distribution and funding? Who’s making money in these new spaces and how? What are the creative opportunities and challenges in new approaches and how do interactive media specialists interface with the world of animation?
Confirmed speakers include:
- Jocelyn Stevenson, creative producer, film and TV projects (Mind Candy)
- Sarah Muller, head of development, drama and animation (CBBC)
- Richard Haines, acquisitions and new business manager (Penguin Books)
- James Huggins, managing director (Made in Me)
- Sharna Jackson, creative director (Hopster)
- Julia Posen, EVP and commercial director (Walker Books)
The day event will be followed by a pre-Christmas networking event. Guests can look back with nostalgia and forward with enthusiasm, as Brian Cosgrove, Jean Flynn and Simon Hall reveal the secrets of iconic animation powerhouse Cosgrove Hall, discuss its newly recovered archive and consider its future as a new animation producer based in Manchester.
The Manimation Festival is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered through the North West Sector Investment Programme.