Phuket, Thailand; 9–11 December, 2013
Creators of Australian animated projects for children are invited to apply to participate in the second Asian Animation Summit (AAS), an annual event to showcase Asia’s strongest animated projects looking for investors and partners. AAS is designed to stimulate co-production and co-financing in the region. It is an initiative of Australia’s ABC TV and Screen Australia, Korea’s KOCCA and Malaysia’s MDeC. AAS is owned and produced by Kidscreen.
AAS will consist of three days of presentations of selected projects from Australia, Korea, and Malaysia as well as additional Asian regions to be announced. Projects will be presented by their creators and producers to invited broadcasters from Asia and elsewhere, potential co-producers, and international distributors. The event will provide opportunities for meetings and general networking to facilitate project financing and regional connections.
Up to six projects will be selected from Australia and this call-out is to commence that process. Producers from the other participating countries should refer to the AAS website for further information.
Screen Australia, in conjunction with DFAT, will offer travel grants of $3,000 per successful company. In addition, they will be offered two free registrations to AAS as well as access to reduced accommodation rates at the host hotel.
Information for applicants
Applications must be made on the Screen Australia application form available at www.screenaustralia.gov.au/AAS.
Projects must be animation projects that have either:
a letter of interest from an Australian broadcaster or distributor, or
written finance commitment from an Australian broadcaster or distributor, as well as Asian region investment, totalling 15 per cent of the production budget.
Producers of projects selected for the AAS must give their permission for the development materials submitted to Screen Australia to be uploaded onto the Kidscreen Connect online screening platform for review by broadcasters, co-producers and distributors who have registered for AAS.
Kidscreen will require a signed waiver and warranty from participants prior to the event; details to be advised.
More information about the program is available on the AAS website.
The eligibility criteria set out below are the same for all the participating regions. Australian applicants must also meet the general eligibility for Screen Australia funding in the Terms of Trade.
1. ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
The Asian Animation Summit aims to promote animation for children’s television and feature films. Entry is therefore limited to animated TV and film projects aimed at children up to 15 years of age. The organisers will not accept projects aimed at adults.
Mixed media projects which contain animation representing at least 50 per cent of the total screen time are eligible. Television projects can be of any episode length, provided that the total screen time of each series exceeds 60 minutes.
The following are not eligible:
second or subsequent television series
projects that will have commenced production by the submission deadline of 4 October 2013.
2. PRODUCER INVOLVEMENT
The involvement of creators in the presentation of projects is encouraged, but each project must be represented at the Asian Animation Summit by a producer who is authorised to represent the rights and who intends to be the principal producer of the project.
3. NATIONALITY OF PRODUCERS
Producers who represent projects entered into the 2013 Asian Animation Summit must reside in one of the Presenting Partner countries, which are currently Australia, Malaysia and Korea.
Note: Australian producers must be domiciled in Australia, and have actually been in Australia, continuously or intermittently, for more than one half of the year immediately preceding the application. Australians living overseas are not eligible.
4. PROJECT ENDORSEMENT
All TV projects must be endorsed by a broadcaster from the Asian region. All film projects must be endorsed by a film distributor.
Note: all Australian projects are expected to have at least a letter of interest from an Australian broadcaster or distributor.
5. PARTIALLY FINANCED PROJECTS
Producers of projects in this category must provide written evidence of having received financial commitments from broadcasters, investors (including co-producing production companies), distributors and government agencies that in total represent more than 15 per cent of the budgeted cost of production of the project.
6. DEVELOPMENT MATERIALS
To be considered for inclusion in the AAS presentation program, producers must submit the required information and materials to their country’s screen or industry development agency by 4 October 2013. This comprises:
- synopsis of the project;
- main character designs;
- main location designs;
- written description of the main characters;
- for TV series, story lines for at least six episode story lines, each exceeding three paragraphs;
For TV series, episodes script(s) representing between half an hour and one hour of TV time;
For feature films, a draft of the script
Brief details of online elements, if applicable;
A statement of the producer’s objectives for their attendance at AAS, specifying if they are seeking co-producers, pre-sales, distribution advances etc;
A horizontally-oriented image (jpeg 300 DPI or higher in resolution) representing the project, without logos, text or other marketing elements
A brief (200 words max) profile of the producer and the production company
The warranties and waivers required by Kidscreen. The wording for these is expected to be available on the AAS website by the end of August.
Written evidence of financial commitment from broadcasters, investors (including co-producing production companies), distributors and/or government agencies totalling at least 15% of production budget; OR
At least a letter of interest from an Australian broadcaster or distributor
Producers are strongly encouraged to prepare and supply:
a 30-second trailer featuring the project’s characters and backgrounds.
a full-length pilot or trailer to show during their presentation at the event.
These materials are listed in the Screen Australia application form.
Screen Australia will confirm the eligibility of submitted projects and select up to six projects based on global market potential and quality.
Partially-funded projects will be given preference.
[Page updated 1 August 2013.]