Kidscreen announced its eighth-annual Asian Animation Summit (AAS) will take place in Seoul, South Korea once again from November 20–22.
Two-hundred and fifty attendees are anticipated to take part in AAS 2019. Over the course of the three-day event, up to 30 new projects seeking financing and partners will be presented. Projects are represented from Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, China, New Zealand and elsewhere in Asia-Pacific.
AAS will also feature its new Co-Development Initiative for the first time, to help earlier-stage projects successfully take their next creative steps. Day one and two at AAS 2019 will kick off with a curated series of these short presentations, featuring projects looking for like-minded development partners in the region.
Roughly 50 percent of projects that debuted at past AAS events have since gone into production, including such series as Bluey (2017), Balloon Barnyard (2014), Kuu Kuu Harajuku (2013), Bottersnikes & Gumbles (2012), Oddbods (2012) and Origanimals (2012). A full 88 percent of producers who have presented projects at AAS report that they met critical broadcast and financing partners at the event. Ninty-five percent said attending AAS has helped them establish important relationships with international producers.
AAS is owned and produced by Kidscreen, with generous support from hosting partner KOCCA (Korea); and presenting and supporting partners BEKRAF (Indonesia), MDEC (Malaysia), Create NSW and Screen Queensland (Australia), DITP (Thailand), ASIFA China and Create Wellington (New Zealand).
More information about AAS 2019 can be found online at www.asiananimationsummit.com. Registration is now open, and a $200 Early-Bird discount is in effect until Friday, August 30.