GOING INTERNATIONAL – MARKETS, FESTIVALS, CONFERENCES AND LABS FOR KIDS CONTENT
September 30th, 13:00-15:15*, ZOOM Breakout Rooms
Speakers: Marlene Wagener from Animation Production Days, Greg Childs from Children’s Media Conference, Lennart Ström from M:brane, Anne Schultka from KIDS Regio, Nienke Poelsma from Cinekid IFF, Matija Šturm from CEE Animation, Silvina Cornillón from Ventana Sur.
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*Central European Summer Time
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This session is focusing on other international markets. Representatives of leading markets will meet participants in break out rooms during these interactive sessions. Presentations will be followed by Q&A. In each time slot you can take part in two meetings (30 mins each). The sessions will require prior registration via the Kids Kino Industry platform. Spaces are limited.
The spaces for the masterclasses, workshops, and panels are limited and require prior registration. If you would like to attend some of the workshops or masterclass please remember to add this session to your Meeting Mojo calendar, where you can also find the ZOOM link.
Head of Animation Production Days, Germany
Marlene Wagener joined Animation Production Days as project manager in 2008, and has been heading the event since 2018. She studied Applied Cultural Studies, with a focus on media and public relations, and has worked for production companies such as Colonia Media and UFA Film & TV Produktion.
Animation Production Days (APD) is the most important business platform for animation projects in Germany. It represents an opportunity for animation producers from over 20 countries to present their film, TV, games and cross-media projects to potential co-production partners and investors in pre-arranged one-to-one meetings. The curated business platform brings together approximately 170 participants in about 800 meetings each year. Another key part of the programme is the APD Conference, which sees presentations of outstanding projects and the introduction of new business models and market trends.
With the Talent Programme, APD supports up-and-coming European animation producers in the development of their own projects as they take their first steps in the professional industry environment. 15th Animation Production Days, Stuttgart, 5 – 7 May 2021.
Editorial Director, The Children’s Media Conference, UK
Greg spent over 25 years at the BBC as a researcher, director, producer and executive producer – mainly in the Children’s department. After a TV career producing Play School and Record Breakers (amongst others), he developed the first BBC websites and interactive platforms for children and, as Head of Children’s Digital, he created and launched the children’s channels, CBBC and CBeebies. After leaving the BBC, Greg advised on digital innovation and management strategies for production companies and broadcasters around the world, with his clients including Disney, the DfES, Al Jazeera Children’s Channel, CITV, Teachers TV, ITN, Avid and the European Broadcasting Union.
Currently, Greg is an advisor to the German Akademie Für Kindermedien, having been one of its Heads of Studies from 2004 to 2019. He is also the founding director of the UK audience advocacy group, The Children’s Media Foundation.
Greg is the co-creator and Editorial Director of The Children’s Media Conference (CMC).
The Children’s Media Conference, or CMC, is an annual event which attracts over 1,200 delegates and 200+ speakers to Sheffield in the UK. The CMC also organises other industry conferences focused on the children’s and youth market, and coordinates UK industry delegations to key children’s content markets, such as Kidscreen in the USA and iABC in China. The CMC’s main market event in the UK is the CMC International Exchange, held each year in July. In 2020, both the Children’s Media Conference and the International Exchange took place entirely online.
Director of the M:brane, Sweden
Lennart is in charge of the M:brane Forum in Malmo. He is the point-of-contact for the decision-makers and responsible for contact with financiers and collaborators. He has a background as an internationally awarded film producer with over 30 films to his name, a film festival director and a lecturer in film at university level. He has been a board member in various organisations within the audiovisual industry.
The M:brane Forum in Malmö, Sweden, is an annual international 3-day highly curated co-production platform for smart content for young audiences that has been held since 2007.
The Forum is open to various genres and formats and for digital factual and immersive storytelling, all relevant to audiences between 3-18 years of age. M:brane also includes the RealYoung workshop, which is a strong strand for documentaries.
M:brane encourages projects with a non-didactic, intelligent, highly innovative and artistic approach.
The Forum gives decision-makers an exclusive introduction to the projects at an early stage and presents new and seasoned producers with strong visions. M:brane is an inspirational meeting place for networking and cutting-edge, independent ideas.
The three days of M:brane kick off with the Opening Industry Day, an inspirational conference and the RealYoung workshop. This is followed by two intense days of pitching and one-to-one meetings, where 20-30 art-house projects currently in development, worth approx. 35m euros, are presented to the 50+ international decision-makers and experts, plus 150 producers and distributors from more than 25 countries.
KIDS Regio Project Manager, Germany
Anne has been project manager at KIDS Regio since April 2018. She holds an MA in Media Management and a BA in Intercultural Studies, Psychology and Economics. Prior to her work at KIDS Regio, she was an assistant at both the German Children’s Media Foundation and the German Children’s Film Association, and a research assistant at Bauhaus University.
KIDS Regio presents a lobbying initiative for high-quality and multi-faceted European children’s films. It functions as an agent between policy and society, between the film industry and the scientific world, in order to form networks and discuss new synergies. The initiative supports industry professionals by building a platform to strengthen existing networks and by defining solutions to improve the status, transfer and variety of European productions and co-productions for young audiences.
Head of Cinekid for Professionals, Netherlands
Nienke Poelsma is Head of Cinekid for Professionals at Cinekid, driving the industry department of the festival. She joined Cinekid in 2015 from the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), where she coordinated CineMart, the established co-production market of the IFFR, and the Rotterdam LAB, the workshop for emerging producers. Prior to IFFR, she studied Film, with minors in film studies and film and TV production. She has chaired many international juries, selection committees and boards over the years.
The Cinekid Festival is the largest children’s media festival in the world. This year, the festival is taking place in 30 locations throughout the Netherlands and partially online. Cinekid for Professionals, an international multi-day event for the children’s media industry, runs in parallel to the Cinekid Festival and is taking place completely online this year.
CEO, CEE Animation Forum & Workshop. Slovenia
Matija is a producer and executive producer in the field of film and animated film production. He has been involved in the making of numerous professional stop-motion short films, as well as animated shorts made at creative workshops, a short and a feature documentary, many of which were awarded at both national and international level. Besides film production, his professional experience includes theatrical productions, exhibitions, workshops and the organisation of professional gatherings. Matija is chairman of the Slovenian Animated Film Association, and managing director of the access to markets and training activities at the CEE Animation Forum and the CEE Animation Workshop. He is a board member of the Slovenian Federation of Filmmakers’ Guilds and a member of the Prešeren Award film committee, the highest decoration in the field of artistic creation in Slovenia.
CEE Animation is an umbrella of regional activities for the promotion and development of animation and its talents in more than 20 countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The objective of CEE Animation is to raise the skills of industry professionals and give them equal access to financing and markets as their Western peers, by fostering co-production and sustainable business models.
Coordinator, Animation Industry Section, Ventana Sur, Argentina
Silvina is the coordinator of the Animation industry section at the Latin American film market Ventana Sur, where the call for projects is made in alliance with the MIFA market of the Annecy Festival.
As a promoter of animation, Silvina is also the Latin American Ambassador of the Quirino Awards and one of the creators of La liga de la Animación Iberoamericana (Ibero-American Animation League).
Silvina has worked as an animation producer for more than 15 years, developing and producing ads, TV shows and independent short films with directors such as Juan Pablo Zaramella and Santiago Bou. These films have received international awards and participated in the official competitions of prestigious festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival (USA), Annecy International Animation Festival (France) and Hiroshima Festival (Japan).
Ventana Sur is the most important market of audiovisual content in Latin America, and it is a must in the schedule of distributors and buyers from the international industry.
Organized by the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) and Marché du Film – Cannes Film Festival, VS brings together all the different players from the audiovisual industry to promote international co-production, financing and distribution of Latin American content.
The event welcomes more than 3000 accredited participants every year, including more than 250 buyers and sellers from the five continents, and representatives from the most important networks and international platforms. In the market, they can meet with content producers in business conferences, pitching sessions and one-on-one meetings; they will also have access to roundtables, specific actions for producers with projects in development, workshops, talks, and conferences about current topics, with a vision of the future.