Ottawa TV Con to Focus on Singapore

Rising animation hub Singapore will be the country of focus at the 2nd annual Television Animation Conference (TAC), taking place Sept. 21-22 as part of the Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival (OIAF). The Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore will send production and policy execs from the country’s animation industry to establish business contacts and explore co-production possibilities with Canadian entities.

Titled “Growing Markets: Focus on Singapore,” a roundtable session scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Château Laurier will allow Singaporean delegates to showcase their capabilities, discuss their needs and explore ways to build upon and advance co-production and trade with Canadian counterparts. The delegation will consist of senior execs from Asia Pacific Research & Positioning, Illuminations Media, Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Oak3 Films, Singapore Animators Connection and Singapore Polytechnic.

Singapore and Canada signed an audio-visual co-production agreement in 1998, according to Lok Yin Seto, the MDA’s director of industry development and leader of the Singapore delegation to Canada and OIAF. "In 2003, the MDA initiated a Media 21 blueprint aimed at encouraging international co-productions and transforming Singapore into a vibrant global media city," says Seto. "Singapore is poised to explore international partnerships in animation co-production and we are looking to Canada as a first-rate partner.”

As the only trade event in Canada tailored specifically to the needs of the animation industry, The Television Animation Conference sold out in its inaugural year, drawing more than 200 professionals from across Canada, Australia, China, France, India, Italy, South Africa, South Korea and the U.S. This year’s participants will include Canada’s Bardel Ent., Cookie Jar Ent., Corus Ent., Cuppa Coffee Animation, DECODE Ent., Family Channel, Nelvana, Studio B Prods. and TELETOON, as well as international companies Aardman Animation, Cartoon Network, Curious Pictures, Mondo Media, Nickelodeon and PBS.

The 2005 Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival runs September 21-25. More information on the fest and the TAC is available at www.animationfestival.ca.