The Children’s Media Conference is the gathering in the UK for everyone involved in developing, producing and distributing content to kids – on all platforms.
It’s the only time when delegates from across our whole industry get together and, in the UK, it’s the best and most cost-effective way of meeting people relevant to your business.
After six happy years as Showcomotion, the Conference was re-branded in 2010 under the auspices of a new not-for-profit organisation. The organisation – and conference – is now called The Children’s Media Conference. The new organisation is charged with supporting children’s media and the industry sectors which provide it, in a variety of ways, now and in the future.
Our annual get together in early July will continue to offer all the aspects delegates like: great content, great networking opportunities and practical information on how to help businesses survive and thrive.
Meanwhile the CMC is active in organising other events throughout the year.
In 2008 and 2009 we collaborated with BAFTA to stage events with Professor Tanya Byron and Russell T Davies. The 2010 Salford Seminars were followed up with further events in Spring 2011 at the Vision & Media Building in Salford. There was also a successful partnership with the Animated Encounters Festival in November 2010, and a Screen Yorkshire event in Sheffield in March 2011.
In 2012 the CMC organised the official UK delegation to Kidscreen in New York, collaborated with the British Animation Awards on the first of our annual Animation Days, and staged the first of our occasional series “Research Meets the Producers” at the Institute of Education in London.
In 2012 the CMC organised the official UK delegation to Kidscreen in New York, collaborated with the British Animation Awards on the first of our annual Animation Days, and staged the first of our occasional series “Research Meets the Producers” at the Institute of Education in London
2013 saw the CMC return to New York with a Kidscreen delegation nearly twice the size, and to an animation event in London – The CMC Animation Exchange – dedicated to the new UK animation tax incentives.
In 2004 people in the kids’ media industry came together to organise the first Showcomotion Children’s Media Conference. The idea was to create an annual meeting place that would explore all the new and future developments in kids’ media and would also foster creative and business links through networking.
Since those inaugural two days in Sheffield the conference expanded its remit to the entire range of media and entertainment experiences available to kids, attracting delegates and speakers from Radio, Television, Film, Interactive Media, Games, Licensing, Toys, Publishing, Museums/Galleries and Live Theatre. The seventh annual conference in 2010 welcomed 575 delegates from across the children’s industries.
Showcomotion always focused on the future of children’s media and regularly brought in speakers from outside the industry to stretch delegates’ imaginations and challenge pre-conceptions. It also frequently provided valuable research input from some of the best qualified companies in the country, and academic sources.
The Showcomotion Children’s Media Conference was organised as part of Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival. Showcomotion, founded in 1999, was an annual 15-day film festival at the Showroom Cinema, Sheffield.
The Showroom Cinema, Sheffield is also home to the Sheffield International Documentary Festival https://sheffdocfest.com/