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09 11 2012 - Media release

Ten Australian animation companies head to Malaysian summit

Screen Australia, in conjunction with DFAT, has provided travel assistance for 10 Australian children’s animation companies to attend the inaugural Asian Animation Summit (AAS) in order to seek finance and co-production partnerships with the Asian region.

Support is also being provided for one-on-one mentoring from international children’s animation presentation expert, Joan Lofts, so that each team may refine their pitch prior to the summit.

Instigated by ABC Television, the AAS will be held 10–11 December 2012 in Malaysia. It is being run by Canadian publishing and event-organising company, Brunico, which manages other international events such as Kidscreen and Realscreen.

Screen Australia’s Chief Executive Ruth Harley said, “We are delighted to assist Australian animation producers to be part of the inaugural AAS. It is where they can actively engage with the screen agencies, government authorities and other producers from the region to facilitate screen business and cultural exchange, all aims of the government’s recently released Asian Century white paper.”

The Australian projects and participants are:

  • Cate McQuillen of mememe Productions with Babyccino
  • Patrick Egerton and David Webster of Ambience Entertainment with Bottersnikes and Gumbles
  • Jessica Beirne of Lemonade Digital Productionswith Evie & Tom’s Mad Hair Days
  • Dan Fill and Luke Jurevicius from Chocolate Liberation Front with Fantastic Forest
  • Stu Connolly and Donna Andrews from Sticky Pictures with Herb & Ray’s Yum
  • Austen Atkinson and Yvonne Wilcox from Planet 55 Studios with Prisoner Zero
  • Stephen Viner from Liquid Animation with Ramiro: The Imagination Hero
  • Ron Saunders from Beyond Screen Production with Skyrunner
  • Barbara Stephen from Flying Bark Productions with Super Mega Hyper Pets
  • Jim Ballantine from RE Productions Pty Ltd with The Eggsperts.

Screen Australia selected the 10 Australian projects, which will be presented in sessions over the two days. They include partially financed projects seeking investment and projects in development seeking market feedback and financing interest.

The AAS is an initiative of four countries: Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. Producers, broadcasters and government agencies from these four countries will be participating. In addition, broadcasters from around the world will also be in Kuala Lumpur for the summit.

Screen Australia’s Tim Phillips and Elena Guest will also be in Kuala Lumpur for the summit in support of the delegation. They will be joined by executives from the ABC and other Australian organisations.

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