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Event Space, 6th Floor


Welcome and Introduction

Manimation Advisory Chair Tracy Liddell welcomes delegates to Manimation 2017 and presents a video run-down of the latest from the Manchester animation scene.


Keynote Opening Address – A Plan for European Animation

What are the opportunities presented by the new European Preferential Animation Support Plan and the Animation in Europe Association, and how will Brexit impact on British Animation companies' activities in a Europe that has renewed enthusiasm for the animation sector?


Panel 1 – Europe: Potential and Pitfalls

Brexit: what’s known, what’s suspected, what’s feared and where the opportunities lie.


Panel 2 – State of Play: Games up North!

How programmers, animators, artists and musicians are coming together to once again create world class games in the North.


News – Cosgrove Hall Archive

One of the most significant contributions to the development of British animation and children's television was the escalation in influence of  Cosgrove Hall Films. With the support of ITV and Freemantle Media, Westley Wood has rescued the Cosgrove Hall Archive. He talks about its cultural heritage and legacies, and plans for its new home located at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale.


Panel 3 – Working with China

As the market in China begins to open up for UK writers, animation producers and distributors, what are the challenges of this complex territory?


Case Study 1 – Print to Screen, Periodical to Platform: the Beano Story

Chris Rose describes the Beano journey from everybody’s favourite comic to a modern media brand and a platform for entertainment content.


Panel 4 – Pipelines and Workflow

Workflows that work… and flow: the tools and developments available to help producers and production managers keep their projects on track.


Case Study 2 – What’s the Hook?

What happens to your series once it's been signed sealed and delivered to a broadcaster?


Panel 5 – Training and Skills

The key points of the new Apprenticeship Levy for SMEs, and how you can tap into the funding that will be available.


Panel 6 – Ten Things You Need To Know About VR

Don't get bogged down in the new frontiers, creative content is what VR wants.


Closing Address

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


Drinks Reception

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