Kids Kino Industry at Polish Film Festival in Gdynia
“Co-producing with China”
The session wil be run on FPFF YouTube channel, December 11th, 11.00-12.00 CET
Hosted by: Maciej Jakubczyk (Head of Kids Kino IFF), Katarzyna Janiak (Project Manager Kids Kino Industry) & Viola Gabrielli (Head of Programme, Kids Kino Industry) at New Horizons Association
China has become an important entertainment powerhouse. With surpassing the US in the number of cinema screens and the internet being the strongest influencer, the country is a hugely important market for creativity – particularly in the children’s film business. However, it’s not always easy for European producers to navigate through the Chinese media industry. To strengthen our relationship with China we’ve invited key players to get us further insights on where China’s children’s media business is now and where the industry is heading to. Beside that we’ve invited a Polish producer that has successfully co-produced the animated series HUG ME with China to talk about her experience, the development process and future plans with the Chinese company.
The session is dedicated to everyone interested in making business with China and will help to understand better how to do business together over the coming months, what is working, what will change and what is it like to actually work and make films in China’s entertainment industry?
Head of Sales, New Europe Film Sales, Poland
Since 2019 a Board Member and Vice President of Europa International, a Pan-European sales agents association. Her first industry work experience was being a JR Producer then Head of Development at a Polish production company Yeti Films (2008-2011). Since Fall 2012 she has been a part of Warsaw-based NEW EUROPE FILM SALES, first as a Sales Executive, then the Head of Sales and a partner at the company. NEW EUROPE FILM SALES is a boutique world sales company working with international content across the world. The company has a great track record for supporting auteur cinema and unique voices (Academy Award nominee CORPUS CHRISTI, Cannes UCR winner RAMS, Berlinale Silver Bear winner UNITED STATES OF LOVE or the Icelandic Oscar entry UNDER THE TREE). We do believe in developing future audiences and we want to introduce young viewers to the best films for children – shorts, animations and feature films (SUMMER 1993, GORDON & PADDY, JACOB, MIMMI & THE TALKING DOGS) via our NEFS Kids label. Many of our films have played in the Berlinale Generation competition and other leading children festivals.
Founder and Chairman of Zespa Media Group, UK/China
Jean Dong is the founder and Chairman of Zespa Media group of companies in the UK and China. Zespa Media is a group of production and specialist gateway companies connecting global content with the China market. In the past Jean worked as China Consultant for BBC World Service then was retained as Producer and Presenter, producing China-facing programmes for BBC World Service including the Chinese version of Top of the Pops. Zespa Media was established in 2010 and has since licensed and produced numerous international formats for Chinese broadcasters. Zespa Media has its own independent production house in Beijing producing primetime programmes for Chinese TV and online broadcasters. Zespa Media China has won China’s Top 10 New Content Producer of the Year Award 2017. Jean is also the co-founder of Vitamin Education Media (Beijing) with focus on the children content market in China.
CCO, WeKids, China
Manman Chen is currently in charge of animation development and overseas project cooperation in WeKids and has over 10 years experience in the animation industry. He used to work for Crystal Technologies, one of the biggest animation service companies in Asia, and responsible for the Mascot Animation and Visual Content of the London Olympic Games as team leader.
WeKids is China’s market leader in providing 100+ outstanding animation series from around the world to kids and families in Greater China and oversees all aspects of brand management of key properties. We are now actively looking for high-quality animation concepts and projects for domestic exploitation in China and for global distribution, as well as developing new animation series through original creation and co-production. WeKids seeks to engage creative talent around the world.
CEO, Agogo Studios, China
Steven Ching is a founder and CEO of AGOGO STUDIOS LIMITED, established since 1991 in Hong Kong, focus in Kids content Creative & Development, including Executive Productions & Content Distribution. Agogo experienced some productions of more than sixty (60) TV animated series of which 50 plus series Agogo has been in co-production that own the rights and licenses covering the globe. Agogo offering a catalog of specialized animation content for children of age from three to ten years old in English language.
Agogo’s top priority is to produce content safe for children and media that is among the company tasks. Choice of professional and specialist from UK, Australia and Canada such as story writers and visual designers are the vital base of kid’s content as for Agogo branding.
Producer, Animoon, Poland
Zofia Jaroszuk graduated from Film and Culture Management Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. After gaining experience in the field of international promotion of Polish short films she moved to film production. She collaborates with Animoon since 2015 where she’s been performing her duties as a producer and production manager working on short, feature and series animated projects. She creatively overlooks the projects from development to promotion stage. In 2019 she was appointed as a Polish Film Institute expert.