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Event Space, 6th Floor



An introduction and welcome to Manimation 2016.



The times are a changin'...what lies ahead in a post Brexit future for the screen industries?  Cat Lewis will map out a vision of opportunities in an unchartered landscape, where creative producers will survive and thrive. Cat is on the Pact Council and the Creative Industries Federation Advisory Council – two organisations deeply engaged in post-Brexit planning negotiations with government.


Panel 1: Animation UK Update

The latest news and update on all Animation UK activities and proposed policies going forward.


Panel 2: Creative Snapshot with the BBC

What works, what’s new and what’s exciting in the world of kids’ animation. Join the BBC commissioning executives responsible for animation on CBeebies and CBBC for a tour of what floats their boats and their view on the latest commissioning trends.


Presentation 1: The Red Carpet Treatment

How award nominations and wins helped a small independent Yorkshire based animation studio - Fettle Animation -  gain recognition and commissions.


Presentation 2: Realtime VR Storytelling - Heading for the Holodeck

The ability to enter worlds and observe or interact with their inhabitants is providing a whole new medium in which to tell stories. But how do we create narrative in VR when the lessons of other media don’t transfer? What techniques will make the most of this new frontier?


Panel 3: Brave New Worlds

Will VR 'eat' traditional media? VR is the new technology everyone is talking about, but how do we think it will affect TV, Film and video games?


Showcase 1: Motion in the North

What’s happening in animation, motion graphics & VFX around Manchester and the North West.


Panel 4: Money for nothing? Fund and Flow

What impact will Brexit have on the creative industries? Is the UK tax relief for animation working and where will future funding opportunities come from? Will your content benefit from the EU Digital Single Market? Is there hope in a post ‘Apocobrexit’ kids’ landscape? These questions and more will be discussed by our panel of legal, business and finance experts.


Presentation 3: TV and Related Media in the Lives of UK Preschoolers

This presentation draws on examples from a recent ethnographic study of UK preschoolers at home which busts several persistent myths about preschool children’s engagement with television and related media. It’s a unique opportunity to glimpse into the everyday lives of eight UK preschoolers (aged 3-4) and their families living in a mix of households in Sheffield as their lives unfold over a twelve-month period. Contrary to ongoing media debates, the research suggests that preschoolers engage with television and related media at home in ways that are both physical and also social. The way preschoolers engage with TV&RM at home is also impacted by social class differences. These…


Presentation 4: Hiive - Connecting creatives with briefs, courses, jobs & more!

Hiive is a digital platform that supports creatives working across animation, film/video, photography, VR/360, music, performing arts and much more. It provides access to jobs, courses, competitions, knowledge and opportunities to pitch for paid work. Hive also offers its clients access to amazing talent. Hiive is not-for-profit and part of Creative Skillset.


Panel 5: Training and Development - New Initiatives, New Entrants

Discover how your company can access training funding and how the animation levy is being refined for 2017. And learn how a series of new entrants to the animation industry have fared under the new training arrangements. Find out if it’s about scandals or success stories for starters in animation.


Showcase 2: Interactive animation in VR - Feeding Titanosaurs

A brief insight into how to feed one of the largest creatures to ever walk the Earth.  Layering pre-animated sequences with dynamic runtime poses using IK.


Closing address

Wrap-up, news of future events and info on the one-to-one meetings plan.


Drinks Reception

Join us after Manimation for networking drinks in the main event space and canteen.