Recruitment to the legendary studio Laika in the U.S. Individual consultations with representatives of Miyu Distribution or Maur Film as part of “Ask the Expert.” A “Show Me Your Project” section designed for full-length films and series. These business meetings are all on offer during Animarkt Stop Motion Forum. The last call to sign up has been issued — the deadline is September 20.
The aim of the industry forum, created by the Momakin team from Łódź, Poland, is to establish international cooperation and connect the stop-motion animation market of Central Europe with Western Europe, and North and South America. The Animarkt industry forum, which has been organized in Łódź for the last four years, is a place to get to know the world’s biggest names in animation.
Meet a headhunter from Laika
As part of the Business section, the organizers have prepared the Recruitment meetings, during which specialists for various positions are sought. This is an opportunity to work in the legendary American stop-motion animation studio Laika.
A headhunter will be looking for candidates for the following positions: storyboard artist (experience needed); 2d character animator; set designer, prop maker, and puppet maker (including people involved in: hair and fur making, animation constructions, costumes, and puppet painting).
Find a partner or financing for your project
“Show Me Your Project” is another strand of the industry forum, addressed to authors and producers of feature films or series. From all submitted projects, 15 films will be selected and shown to a group of broadcasters, distributors, producers, or sales agents during the forum, which will allow the creators to find potential partners. The submitted projects may be at any stage of realization, with the proviso that 80% of the film must be made in stop-motion animation.
One-hour individual consultations
“Ask the Expert” is a unique opportunity to consult with select film industry experts about your stop-motion project during an hour-long meeting. Nine experts have confirmed their participation in this year’s edition of Animarkt.
In the field of production, consultations will be conducted by Edwina Liard from Ikki Films and Martin Vandas from Maur Film. The following experts will talk about distribution and sales: Ben Vandendaele from Radiator IP Sales, Candice Costa from Miyu Distribution, and Natalia Dąbrowska from New Europe Film Sales.
Piotr Knabe will lead the consultations on puppet designs and Tim Allen, a member of Animarkt’s program council, will lead the animation section. There will also be festival consultations for short animated films conducted by Vassilis Kroustallis from Scheriaa Productions/Zippy Frames and Ivan Zolotukhin from Festagent.
“We want Animarkt to be a meeting place not only for business but also for professional development,” says Katarzyna Gromadzka, the forum’s co-organizer. “We often meet many artists, producers, and other representatives of the stop-motion animation industry at festivals, but we often lack time for longer conversations that will allow us to get to know each other and thus give an opportunity to establish cooperation. This is one of the reasons why we’re organizing, for the second time, the section ‘Ask the Expert,’ where, through the exchange of experience and comments on the presented project, everyone has a chance to meet specialists on the stop-motion animation market.”
Applications to all three sections are open till September 20, 2020. The results will be announced on September 25. Animarkt Stop Motion Forum is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland from the Cultural Promotion Fund, International Visegrad Fund and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. More about the event at www.animarkt.pl/en.
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