What is the event like?
Participants will spend three days attending presentations of new children's TV/web series concepts from Australia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and elsewhere in Asia-Pacific. Presentations will be given by the projects' creators and producers, with assistance from high-profile mentors from the animation industry. There will also be plenty of time built into the schedule for meetings and casual networking, making it easy for attendees to follow up immediately on the projects they like most.
Each of the three days will begin with a highly informative panel discussion or presentation that explores new market trends, business models or creative techniques that are highly relevant to Asian-Pacific animation producers. Following these opening sessions, our project presentations will commence and run consecutively for the rest of the day. Eight projects will be presented each day, for a total of 24 over the course of the event. Each presentation will be followed by a short break in the schedule, creating ample time for attendees to exchange business cards with the creators/producers who've just presented and arrange to meet later at the event.
When and where?
AAS 2016 is set to take place from November 22 to 24 in Brisbane, Australia. This vibrant coastal capital of Queensland is nestled between Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef, and accessible by direct flight from most Asian-Pacific travel hubs.
AAS 2016 will coincide with two entertainment-focused events also taking place in Brisbane—the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival—and AAS delegates are invited to take part in all of them. AAS is also running shortly after Screen Forever in Melbourne this year (November 15 to 17), with a few days in between that could perhaps be used for meetings in Sydney on the way up to Brisbane.
What sorts of projects will be featured?
The Summit will feature animated and mixed-media TV/web series for children up to 15 years of age. Series can feature any episode length, but they must not have commenced production by the submission deadline (September 30, 2016). And second/subsequent seasons of existing TV series are ineligible, so our program will be focused on brand-new original concepts.
Please see our Eligibility Criteria for more detailed information on submission requirements.
How are projects selected?
The Eligibility Criteria outlining what types of projects will be considered for the AAS program are the same for all participating regions. However, the selection process is being run separately in each country by its most relevant screen or industry development agency. Each agency has its own selection process for assessing submissions based on global-market potential and quality, and will choose a pre-determined number of projects to be presented at the Summit. Partially-funded projects will be given preference over projects still in development. Materials and background information for each selected project will be available for review by broadcasters and distributors who have registered for AAS starting in November on the KidscreenXchange online screening platform.
Using the same Eligibility Criteria, Kidscreen is running a Wild Card program again this year that's open to producers operating anywhere in Asia or Australasia. Wild Card project submission packages will be accepted until Friday, September 30 and should be sent to Kidscreen Publisher Jocelyn Christie (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once this window closes, Kidscreen’s esteemed editorial team will review all of the project submissions received, selecting as many as four to be included in the Asian Animation Summit showcase and presented live at the event.
Who is involved? And who will be there?
The 2016 Asian Animation Summit is owned and produced by Kidscreen, with generous support from our hosting partners Screen Queensland and Brisbane Marketing, and presenting partners KOCCA (Korea), MDeC (Malaysia) and SIPA/DITP (Thailand).
We are anticipating roughly 200 attendees will take part in AAS this year. The event is designed to attract producers of animation who are interested in co-producing projects with Asian-Pacific partners, as well as broadcasters, distributors and investors from the region and elsewhere.