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Helen Brunsdon

Animation Producer and Consultant

Helen Brunsdon, Animation Producer and Consultant

With twenty years experience, Helen has worked extensively in the animation industry, firstly joining the BBC as a production co-ordinator and then as an assistant for the Cardiff International Animation Festival.

Joining Aardman in 1993, she established herself within production and was approached by S4C to produce two ‘World Faith’ animated films. She then worked as a production manager on ‘Wife of Bath’ directed by Joanna Quinn and produced by Les Mills, which received an Academy Award nomination and a host of other awards at major International Animation Festivals.

In 1999 Helen, returned to Aardman Animations where she played an important part in developing new projects for Aardman’s Broadcast production slate and heading up the short film content, executive producing the BAFTA winning ‘The Pearce Sisters’.

Since December 2008 she has worked as a freelance animation producer and consultant for clients including ArthurCox, Brothers Mcleod, Wonky, Snapper-Films, South West Screen, Children’s Media Conference and CBBC. The Brothers McLeod series ‘Quiff and Boot’ which Helen produced recently won a Children’s BAFTA.

In addition to her busy work schedule she finds time to programme animation and moderate sessions for festivals, sit on the board for South West Screen, Animated Exeter, the British Animation Awards and is a visiting lecturer in animation. She has been on the advisory board for the Cheltenham Screenwriters’ Festival and Animated Encounters and was a special jury member for SICAF, Seoul Animation festival in 2004, Trickfilm festival, Stuttgart in 2007 and Supinfocom 2008. She also co-hosts a local animation forum.


Helen's Sessions

International Break-out

04 April 2013, 4:45pm-5:30pm
Westminster Conference Centre Foyer

To explore the implications of the tax break in more detail for CMC's international guests, consultants and experts will discuss specific questions in an interactive break-out session.

The Training Levy and Training Initiatives

04 April 2013, 4:45pm-5:30pm
Westminster Conference Centre C3

This session will explore the voluntary Training Levy associated with the tax incentive, and Creative Skillset will outline their plans for further training on the application of the tax break, and explore the perceived industry needs for training in an interactive "chat-back".

The Animation Tax Break - International Perspective

04 April 2013, 4:00pm-4:45pm
Westminster Conference Centre C3

How will the tax-break work for international co-prodcution partners.  What are the restrictions?  How will it work with co-production treaties?

The Animation Tax Break - Working in the Real World

04 April 2013, 2:50pm-3:45pm
Westminster Conference Centre C3

This session explores the tax incentive's compatibility with other forms of funding including EIS and Media.  It also examines the relationship to UK broadcasters and platform providers, and considers how far the banks and other institutions will support in the early stages of the scheme.

The Games Tax Break

04 April 2013, 2:00pm-2:20pm
Westminster Conference Centre C3

How the Games Tax Break, which comes into effect at the same time as the animation tax incentive, affects the animation sector and crossover companies.

The Animation Tax Break - Fulfilment

04 April 2013, 2:20pm-2:50pm
Westminster Conference Centre C3

Processes, paperwork, accountancy and legal - there are issues - find out how to get it right.

The Animation Tax Break - Qualifying

04 April 2013, 12:30pm-1:10pm
Westminster Conference Centre C3

An exploration of the key steps to qualification for the tax incentive. What is an animation? What is a series? What is a broadcast? What makes it British? What spending qualifies? How do you calculate the benefit?

Opening Keynote

04 April 2013, 12:00pm-12:30pm
Westminster Conference Centre C3

The UK animated series tax break, how we got here, and where it can take us.