ABOUT ASIAN ANIMATION SUMMIT 2020
What is the event like?
AAS is neither a conference nor a market, but rather an event that aims to facilitate international financing and co-production connections for projects from the region. Participants will spend three days attending presentations of new children's TV/web concepts from Indonesia, Korea, Australia, 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, and buyers/investors in the audience provide live feedback after each presentation. 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.
Record of success?
Roughly 50% of the projects that have debuted at past AAS events have since gone into production, including such well-known series as The Curious World of Linda (2018), Bluey (2016 "Best in Show" winner), Balloon Barnyard (2014), Kuu Kuu Harajuku (2013) and Bottersnikes & Gumbles (2012).
A full 88% of producers who have presented projects at AAS report that they met critical broadcast and financing partners during the event. And 95% of them said attending AAS has helped them establish important relationships with international producers.
When and where?
AAS 2020 is set to take place from November 18 to 20 in Bali, Indonesia. Best known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs, this tropical island is also home to a fast-growing and vibrant creative industry that’s ripe with untapped animation talent just waiting to be discovered.
What sorts of projects will be featured?
The Summit will feature animated and mixed-media TV/web series of any episode length for children up to 15 years of age. Second/subsequent seasons of existing series are ineligible (although original prequels and spin-offs will be considered), so our program is very focused on brand-new content.
How are projects selected?
The Eligibility Criteria for Showcase and Development projects are the same for all participating regions. However, the selection process is being run separately in each country by its mostrelevant 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. Materials and background information for each selected project will be available for review by attendees who have registered for AAS 2020 starting in mid-October on the KidscreenXchange online screening platform.
Who is involved? And who will be there?
The 2020 Asian Animation Summit is owned and produced by Kidscreen, with generous support from hosting partner Creative Indonesia (Indonesia) and several presenting and supporting partners.
We are anticipating roughly 250 attendees will take part in the Asian Animation Summit this year. The event is designed to attract producers of animation who are interested in co-producing projects with Asian partners, as well as broadcasters, distributors and investors from Asia-Pacific and elsewhere.
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