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LIAF 2019: UK Animation Industry Event

Sat 07 Dec 2019 10:00 - 18:30

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Entry is £15 - £25.
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Nag Vladermersky

LIAF presents the UK Animation Industry Event at the University of East London (UEL), an all day event from 10am to 6:30pm - four panels giving insider access to some of the hot topics of the year plus a screening of the LIAF British showcase.

We’ve gathered together some of the most passionate, honest and insightful experts from a wide range of different areas and backgrounds who are ready to cover all manner of vital topics to give you much food for thought.For anyone currently working in the film and animation industry, thinking of working in the industry or just plain curious, these four talks are indispensable.

Please note, there will be no tickets available on the day of the event. Advance booking only. One ticket gets you into all 4 talks PLUS the British Showcase screening.

For full panellist details please go to the LIAF website at

10AM - Session 1 - We Need to Talk about Skills- One Year On
In November 2018 Animation UK released a major paper on skills ‘We need to talk about skills - an Animation UK skills analysis’. What impact did it have and what developments are underway to get a better skilled up UK? How can young animators and students benefit from the new moves to develop new talent? Is recruitment fairer or is it all about who you know? What are the skills that are in demand, and how can new entrants fill demand? Do we rely too much on Europe and overseas talent, and are policy makers aware of the value of home-grown animation? Students, if you are interested in what animation skills are in demand right now, or in the near future, come to this session.

11:30 AM - Session 2 - Is Everybody on Board? The Animated Women panel.
It’s been shown that industries with more diverse workforces are happier and more productive, and recent surveys like the UK Screen Alliance findings into Inclusion and Diversity in Animation/VFX/Post Production have thrown up some surprising figures. At LIAF we want to widen the conversation around inclusion. Women are well represented in senior creative production roles (55%) and creative artist roles (49%) which sounds like progress, but is that the whole story? Only 14% of technical support roles are held by women, and in comparison with VFX and Post-Production, animation is the least ethnically diverse with 14% BAME. Are there blocks to a more diverse workforce, and what can be done? What are the barriers, and what are the opportunities? Why are some creative industries so unrepresentative - is it an issue of school streaming, workplace attitudes or more complex? Hear some of the illuminating stories and discussions from diverse voices working in animation, and see the kind of work they do.

1:30PM - Session 3 - The Kids are All right? Meet the Movers and Shakers behind the Resurgence of Kids Animation on TV.
What makes a successful kids animation these days, and how do stories travel from pitch to screen? Panellists talk about the way ideas and character end up on TV, and what makes an engaging animation for kids. We’ll also look at how trends, regulatory frameworks, merchandising and advertising might have changed and what responsibility animators and creators might have to their young audiences. Also, are certain animation styles more suitable for kids, and as an animation student is it a good idea to focus on this area?

3pm - Session 4 - Session 4 - The 3 Rs: Animating in the New Spaces of VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) and XR (Extended Reality).
Is a new area ripe for innovation and experimentation opening up, and if so what might it mean for creatives? XR (Extended Reality) seems to offer new opportunities for Animators. Meet the animators, companies and policymakers at the forefront - hear how they think this emerging area will interface with animation and how this immersive industry might develop further, and what opportunities there might be for animators, content and brands.

4:30PM - Session 5 - The British Showcase screening.
90 minutes of the best independent British animation films made in the last 12 months.

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