MDeC to host inaugural Asian Animation Summit in December
By Digital News Asia June 1, 2012
- Summit aims to accelerate growth of animation for children’s television and film
- Regional and international broadcasters and producers to attend
MULTIMEDIA Development Corporation (MDeC), in collaboration with ABC Australia, will be hosting the inaugural Asian Animation Summit (AAS) to promote the co-production and co-financing of animation for children’s television and film within Asia.
The Summit, to be held in Kuala Lumpur from Dec 10-12, is supported by Screen Australia and the Korea Creative Content Agency, said MDeC, which manages the Multimedia Super Corridor initiative.
During AAS, 10 projects from each participating country will be pitched to an international panel of advisors.
The event will also provide a platform for animation producers to present two types of projects to potential co-producers, broadcasters and distributors: Partially-financed projects seeking production finance; and projects in development seeking market feedback and financing interest.
The first of its kind in Kuala Lumpur, the AAS will be attended by regional and international broadcasters and producers including from markets such as Europe and North America. MDeC said.
“Beyond convening to exchange ideas and technical knowledge, the AAS is an ideal opportunity for our regional producers to build international relationships that will enable them to initiate joint content development, co-production and funding,” said Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, MDeC chief executive officer.
“The Asian Animation Summit acts as a channel for all creative players from the children’s animation industry in all capacities. It is particularly valuable to new animators as it provides them with opportunities for mentorship which will subsequently enhance their knowledge and skillset.
“We look forward to working together with our partner organizations in Australia and South Korea to bring AAS to Malaysia. Through this platform, and the valuable prospects and growth opportunities that this event will bring, the Malaysian creative industry will continue to help raise the government’s goal of making Malaysia a leading creative content hub,” said Kamil Othman, vice president of Creative Multimedia at MDeC.