Upcoming Events

Posted on: Saturday 23 April 2011 1:39pm


Submissions up to 30 June.  Festival dates 16 – 20 November 2011


Encounters is one of the best-known showcases and meeting points for emerging talent, and is now the UK’s leading gateway to the world’s most prestigious short film awards.

 A hotbed of talent development, the festival presents a rare and excellent opportunity for industry and creatives alike to meet new people, benefit from peer-to-peer exchanges, and develop new collaborations.

 Year on year filmmakers and industry figures return to Encounters to soak up the buzz and excitement of the festival, hoping to see the next best thing in short film, and participate in first-rate panels, discussions, and workshops. Throughout the week, the festival offers a series of eclectic, challenging and fun events, to engage and inspire all.

The CMC collaborated with Encounters and produced a market-focused seminar at the 2010 festival.

Submissions for Encounters should be films and animations under 30 minutes – of any genre – made after January 1st 2010.


Children, risk and safety online

Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective

22-23 September 2011, LSE, London


An international conference for researchers, policy makers, industry, educators, NGOs and government will be held on, UK.

The conference will ask:

  • Are all children benefiting from the internet and if not, why not?
  • What new digital literacies and coping skills are they developing?
  • How can parents and policy makers balance online opportunities and risks for children?
  • How do children themselves perceive online risk and safety issues?
  • Why do risks differ from country to country, and what new risks are emerging?
  • How can governments, educators, NGOs and industry better support children online?

The conference will showcase final results and recommendations regarding online activities, risks and safety, based on a survey of 25,000 European children conducted by the EU Kids Online network of more than 100 researchers in 25 countries.

They are inviting research papers on children’s online experiences, to be submitted by 30/4/11.

Registration and more information on www.eukidsonline.net. A fee of £40 will cover the conference reception and materials.

The Media Literacy Conference 2011

21-23 November, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, UK


The 2011 Media Literacy Conference, co-hosted by the Media Education Association and the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, once again offers an important forum and interdisciplinary networking space for teachers, academics and policy-makers engaged in developing media education in a variety of contexts. The conference will feature keynote speakers with international profiles in media education, along with a strand of research papers running in parallel with a workshop strand offering professional development for teachers. The theme of the conference this year will be Learning progression.

The conference also offers a unique opportunity to catch up with international research on teaching and learning about media in the research sessions, to meet media educators from around the world in the Social Programme, and to hear leading speakers on media and education in the plenary sessions. 

There is a call for papers which closes on 30th April. www.mlc2011.org.uk

IBBY World Congress 

23 – 26 August 2012.  Imperial College, London


At the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna it was announced that the 33rd IBBY World Congress will be held in London – the first time it will have been in the UK for 30 years.

The theme is Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations, and the call for papers is now open at  www.ibbycongress2012.org    Papers may explore these topics from a variety of angles and viewpoints, including translations between languages and the migration of people and the stories they carry with them, translations and migrations across media, for example from book to film or play.  The deadline for submission is June 30th 2011.

Speakers so far confirmed are:

  • Shaun Tan, Australian illustrator of The Arrival and The Rabbits both of which deal with themes relating to migration. A recent Oscar winner for his animated film The Lost Thing, Shaun was also announced winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for 2011 at Bologna.
  • Patsy Aldana, former President of IBBY and publisher of many translated and culturally diverse books at Groundwood Books in Canada.
  • Emer O’Sullivan of Lüneberg University in Germany who has written and lectured extensively about children’s literature in translation, including Kinderliterarische Komparatistik.

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organisation which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.

Let us know if you would like an event publicised to the kids’ media and content community.  Email: greg@thechildrensmediaconference.com