Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Two weeks to go until Cartoon Business

Cartoon Business
Cartoon Business is the finance and business counterpart to Cartoon Movie and Cartoon Forum. If you are interested in the business side of producing animation, but don't know how to assemble, package and sell an animated TV series or feature film, then Cartoon Business is the place to learn. Supported by MEDIA, the EU fund for the creative industries, and backed by the French Government, Cartoon Business will walk you through all the steps needed to bring your ideas to the market. And you don't even need to speak French - the event is conducted in English, the international language of media and animation.

Bordeaux - fly or take the Eurostar. Image: Wikipedia
There are two weeks to go until Cartoon Business starts, and a few days left to register. According to Cartoon, this year's programme consists of:

"strategic thinking, presentations of new business opportunities, case studies and experts’ advice in these areas. A panel of 28 international speakers (leading broadcasters, VOD platforms, finance specialists, book publishers, investors, distributors and well-known producers) will share their expertise in order to help you incorporate other sources of financing, innovative development and business models, through new economic partnerships".

Cartoon describes the event as"

"An ideal place for networking, Cartoon Business will also host several activities in a relaxed atmosphere: wine tasting during the welcome dinner at Château Lafitte, a cocktail at Château Saint-Emilion, and the Farewell dinner at the Café Maritime.
100 animation professionals have already confirmed their attendance and will exchange on new financing and business models for TV series. Be one of them! Cartoon Business is open to all professionals."

When does it take place?
From Tuesday 2nd December (evening) to Thursday 4th December 2014 (evening)
Bordeaux at night. Photo: Wikipedia

Grand Hotel de Bordeaux, France

What Does it Cost?
Cost: 500 EUR incl. meals (note that this is a heavily subsidised price)

When Must You Register?
Deadline to register: 21st November

It goes without saying that a trip to Bordeaux is rarely wasted, the chance to try the local wines alone would be enough to get me there in a hurry. France's Atlantic coast is one of her greatest splendours, longer (and arguably more beautiful) than the Mediterranean coastline - and much less visited.


To sign up for our January classroom at Animation Apprentice, follow this link. For more information on finding work and surviving in the animation and visual effects business, read our post on how to find a job in the animation industry, and check out our post about what not to do at a job interview. Also see our post on starting your own small animation business, learn how to create an invoice, and see how we are helping our students find work through our film co-operative Nano Films.  Download the free Escape Studios Careers in VFX Handbook. Take a look at how awn.com can help you find a job, and read our piece about how to survive as a freelance animator. Also, find out what Cinesite look for in a student's demo reel, and read our post on setting up your own animation business. Also see our post about freelancers and taxes.  

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