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What will the virtual event be like?
Event delegates can watch along in real time as new children's TV/web concepts from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Japan and elsewhere in Asia-Pacific are pitched to panels of broadcasters, who will ask questions and provide insightful feedback to their producers. Project presentations will be scheduled in morning and evening slots from November 16-27, with broadcasters assigned based on time zone compatibility and appropriate genre expertise. Recordings of the sessions will be available for catch-up viewing until December 11 and delegates can message each other on the kidscreenXchange platform to book follow-up meetings throughout the event.
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 Virtual starting in late October on the kidscreenXchange platform.
Who is involved? And who will participate?
AAS Virtual is owned and produced by Kidscreen, with generous support from regional partners including BAPAREKRAF (Indonesia), Screen Queensland and Create NSW (Australia) and VIPO (Japan).
We are anticipating roughly 200 attendees will take part in the AAS Virtual 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.
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.
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