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Animation Sans Frontières : 8th European Animation Development Lab

Animation Sans Frontières is a 4×2 weeks workshop designed to give junior European animation film and production professionals an understanding of the European and international animation industry and markets, as well the space, time and tools to develop, finance and produce their own projects, careers and eventually production companies.
ASF is the chance for emerging animation professionals to:

– develop their own projects/companies, work in multidisciplinary & international teams,
– learn more about the European animation industry and markets, understand coproduction,
– meet a wide variety of recognised animation film, games and new media professionals,
– network with other European young talents and initiate future trans-European collaborations,
– position themselves in the vast international animation industry,
– get guidance in alternative markets and new media solutions.

Suppported by the European Community‘s MEDIA Programme of the, Animation Sans Frontières is an 8-week programme run by and held at four prestigious European animation film schools (in the following order): Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) in Hungary, The Animation Workshop in Denmark and Gobelins L’École de L’Image in France.

Between November 30th and December 11th, 2015, MOME welcomed 15 participants from Hungary, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium and the Czech Republic. During this workshop lectors from Central Europe presented current trends and new projects from their region and presented practical skills (e.g. sound design, alternative platforms for animation).
The Czech Republic was represented by Martin Vandas who introduced the Visegrad Animation Forum (VAF), the leading pitching event in Central and Eastern Europe, and a study of a French-Czech co-production project called “The Tree”. At the same time that this project was finishing the pitching competition at the VAF, the film “Happy End” by Jan Saska (FAMU, CZ) was being presented in Budapest. The VAF is a unique opportunity to meet producers from Western countries and is a place where authors can present their projects in development and find a way to fund short films.

The third module (18th – 29th January 2016, Denmark) and the fourth (14th to 25th March 2016, France) focus on financing and production methods as well as project packaging and pitching. At the end of the Gobelins module and programme in Paris, participants will get the chance to pitch their projects before a panel of recognised European animation producers.

More information at http://animationsansfrontieres.eu/whats-asf/

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