MIDAS, Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency has joined forces with The Children’s Media Conference, the UK’s premier organisation for the kids’ content industry, to deliver Manimation: The Manchester Animation Festival this autumn. The series of events will inform SMEs’ of the opportunities that exists and to equip them with knowledge and skills to compete on a global scale.
Pre-registration for the three one-day sessions – delivered under the brand name ‘Manimation’ is now open and the events are free for Greater Manchester SMEs who attend two or more events.
The individual events are as follows:
Thursday 31st October – Animation Audience & Kids’ Commissioners
A comprehensive look at the UK kids ‘media market with contributions from key commissioners and buyers, as well as an opening overview from Director of BBC Children’s Joe Godwin.
Thursday 21st November – Going Global
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?
Thursday 12th December – New Players, New Perspectives
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?
Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS, said: “The Manimation Festival is an exciting new event for Greater Manchester’s creative community which will offer the chance to attend workshops aimed at addressing their business development needs and matching them to global opportunities within the supply-chain.
“This event will further market awareness and intelligence about this specialist sub-sector and it will help to ensure that Manchester’s SMEs can develop strategies for long term growth, provide them with a competitive advantage and give them the chance to network with key industry players.
“With the recent news about Cosgrove Hall giving the industry a welcome boost of confidence, we’re expecting the Manimation events to be very well attended and I would encourage SMEs to book early”.
Each event will start at 10:30am and will finish at 6:30pm with opportunities for networking at lunch and during closing drinks. The events will also include some bookable one-to-one meetings with the experts and commissioners taking part.
For further information on Manimation – a New Perspective on Animation and Kids’ Content in Manchester and to register visit: www.investinmanchester.com/event/manimation
Greater Manchester SMEs should contact Andy Hill, ERDF Project Manager at MIDAS (Andrew.Hill@midas.org.uk) for the promotion code to book free tickets.
The Manimation Festival is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered through the North West Sector Investment Programme.