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Asia’s first regional animation summit to be hosted in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | June 7, 2012
Malaysian government ICT agency MDeC is one of three regional agencies to organise the inaugural Asian Animation Summit in Kuala Lumpur.

Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, MDeC CEO

PHOTO -  Dato' Badlisham Ghazali, CEO of MDeC.




Malaysian government ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), together with three regional agencies, is to host the inaugural Asian Animation Summit from December 10 to 12, 2012.

The Asian Animation Summit (AAS) in collaboration with ABC Australia, and supported by Screen Australia and Korea Creative Content Agency, is an initiative to promote the co-production and co-financing of animation for children's television and film within the Asian region, said MDeC chief executive officer Dato' Badlisham Ghazali, speaking on June 1 2012.

During the event, 10 projects from each participating country will be pitched to an international panel of advisors, said Badlisham. "The event will provide a platform for animation producers to present two types of projects to potential co-producers, broadcasters and distributors; partially-financed projects seeking production finance, and projects in development seeking market feedback and financing interest."

The AAS (www.asiananimationsummit.com) will be attended by regional and international broadcasters and producers including from markets such as Europe and North America.

"MDeC is proud to host the inaugural Asian Animation Summit 2012," added Badlisham. "Beyond convening to exchange ideas and technical knowledge, the AAS is an ideal opportunity for our regional producers to build international relationships that will enable them to initiate joint content development, co-production and funding."

"The Asian Animation Summit acts as a channel for all creative players from the children's animation industry in all capacities," said MDeC vice president, creative multimedia, Kamil Othman.

"It is particularly valuable to new animators as it provides them with opportunities for mentorship which will subsequently enhance their knowledge and skillset," said Othman. "We look forward to working together with our partner organisations in Australia and South Korea to bring AAS to Malaysia. Through this platform, and the valuable prospects and growth opportunities that this event will bring, the Malaysian creative industry will continue to help raise the government's goal of making Malaysia a leading creative content hub."

 

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