Animators and kids’ content producers should save the dates – 31 October, 21 November and 12 December – in their diaries now.
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.
How to take your animation to the international marketplace. Who’s buying, who’s co-producing, how does the UK tax break work and how do subsidies, funding and audience trends in other territories impact on projects?
Confirmed speakers include:
- Anna Mansi (BFI Certification)
- Moses Nyachae (Saffery Champness)
- Adam Selly (Union Media)
- Nikki Collier (Industry Media)
- Jane Hyndman (Rights.tv)
How you will benefit by attending:
- You’ll network with and meet commissioning and acquisitions executives from the key UK broadcaster customers.
- Gain in depth understanding of the international market for animation and the needs and attitudes to style and content of some of the key partner territories.
- Learn about the potential of the UK animated series tax incentive.
- To consider the new players in the VOD market and their interest in kids’ content and animation.
- To understand how interactive media companies and publishers are functioning in the kids’ space and how they relate to animated content – online, in apps, in motion comics and on TV.
Each event starts at 10.30 am and finishes at 6.30 pm with opportunities for networking including lunch and closing drinks. Every event will also include some bookable one-to-one meetings with the experts and commissioners taking part.
The daytime session will be followed by Manimation Generation, a free networking event where the Manchester Animation Festival meets the Salford Media Festival Next Generation delegates.
Special guests speakers include:
- Josh Weinstein, (Simpson’s Showrunner and Head Writer on Strange Hill High)
- Phil Chalk (Factory Transmedia)
- Andrew Burrell (CBBC).
The Manimation Festival is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered through the North West Sector Investment Programme.