Animation! Pitching Sessions 2018
Again in alliance with the Annecy Animation Festival (France), 8 TV series and 7 feature film projects were selected to be presented during Animation! Pitching Sessions.
Among these, the four selected by a jury comprised of MIFA members and animation experts will be featured in the Animation! space at MIFA 2019.
Every year, the call for Animation! Pitching Sessions surpasses the call from past editions. This year, over 180 projects from 12 Latin American countries were submitted.
During market days, finalists will have the possibility to practice their pitch guided by American specialist Heather Kenyon (Ex Starz, Hanna Barbera and Cartoon Network, today independent producer for PBS, Discovery Kids and Nick, among others) who will be once again the project coach for Animation!.
American director Henry F. Anderson III, winner of a Primetime Emmy and Oscar nominee, with more than 25 years of experience in the creation of digital actors, from the Coca-Cola polar bears, to Stuart Little and Gnomeo & Juliet. He has developed feature films for Dreamworks, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros, and he was Animation Consultant at Flushed Away. He will also take part in Animation! advising the leaders of the feature film projects.
The jury at Animation! Pitching Sessions is formed by:
- Géraldine Baché, Head of Projects MIFA, CITIA / Annecy FRANCE
- Justine Bannister, International TV and Media Strategist & Founder at JUST B. FRANCIA
Consultant and media professional with a successful track record in companies such as 20th Century Fox, Disney Channel France, The Lagardere Group, and PGS Entertainment
- Rita Street, Development Consultant & Executive Producer at Panita Productions – USA
Her book “A Cartoon Girl’s Secret Guide to Developing Kids’ Comedies That Sell” has become a bible for animation producers. Together with Ánima Studios (Mexico), Rita is the co-creator of the upcoming Disney EMEA comedy, “Space Chickens in Space”. Her executive producer credits include: “Hero: 108”, “Teenage Fairytale Dropouts”, and “Ruby Gloom”.
- Karen Vermeulen, Head of Global Distribution & Co-production & Managing Director – Cloudco Entertainment – UK
She is responsible for financing and distributing series including “Care Bears Unlock The Magic” (Boomerang), “Tinpo” (Cbeebies) and “Buddy Thunderstruck” (Netflix). Karen also serves as an Executive Producer on the Hulu original series “Holly Hobbie”. During her career, she has worked for Zodiak Kids, The Walt Disney Company, and National Geographic Kids Entertainment.