The Animation Conference, an extension of the world-renowned Ottawa International Animation Festival, undergoes some big changes for this year’s 10th anniversary celebration, including a new vision, a new venue and an additional day.
OTTAWA -- TAC, The Animation Conference, has undergone some big changes for its 10th anniversary this year including a new vision, a new venue, and an additional day. This year’s conference runs September 18th-20th.
Corus Entertainment Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Gary Maavara, will kick off a series of hot topics discussing the current state of the Canadian animation industry as well as the impact of some recent changes.
As an extension of the world-renowned Ottawa International Animation Festival, TAC has the unique ability to bring together the world’s top animation creators. A new addition to TAC dedicated to bridging the gap between these creators and the business community is ART + BIZ day, a networking event for OIAF filmmakers and TAC delegates which hosts a brunch and keynote by Craig Bartlett.
Bartlett, best known for creating the hit series Hey Arnold!, has worked in animation for 28 years. He also animated the “Penny” cartoons on Pee Wee’s Playhouse and created the recent hit TV series Dinosaur train.
This year, TAC will invade the Canadian Museum of Nature, taking advantage of its historic, haunted, and boney features. The new venue will be hosting its signature networking event with the dinosaurs in the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery.
TAC provides plenty of networking and pitching opportunities to its attendees every year. Fast Track gives creators the opportunity to pitch projects one-on-one to broadcasters, distributors, and production companies. Pitch THIS! gives two brave producers the chance to wow hundreds of industry contacts and a panel of major broadcasters including executives from Teletoon, Nickelodeon, Corus Entertainment, and Walt Disney Television Animation.
Other industry panels cover high-interest subjects such as the evolution of digital distribution, creating for Youtube, incorporating educational S.T.E.M. content for kids into fun cartoons, how American indie studios remain successful, and making the leap from service work to developing original content.
In addition to all of the pitching and networking opportunities, TAC is providing its attendees with a series of Case Studies including a candid look at the writing room, a visually unique U.K. preschool hit and CMT’s first foray into original animated programming.
TAC (The Animation Conference) is a specialized industry conference for animation professionals including content creators, developers, producers, distributors and marketers. The Conference brings together key players from North America and international markets to provide a forum for active networking, practical information exchange, and trade in a comfortable and intimate environment.
Now celebrating its 10th year, TAC has become North America’s preeminent animation industry conference. TAC 2013 takes place September 18 - 20 in Ottawa.
Source: The Animation Conference
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.