Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Pitch Your Project at APD - Enter by Tomorrow

Animation Production Days in Stuttgart is an event that should be on every animator's radar.

Like Cartoon Movie and Cartoon Forum, APD offers a unique opportunity for animation graduates to pitch their ideas to producers, financiers and sales agents - the people who can bring original animation content to the market. But hurry - submissions close tomorrow.

FMX takes place annually in Stuttgart in May
Animation Production Days
APD takes place in Stuttgart from 5-8 May and runs alongside FMX, one of the largest annual VFX and animation events.

APD is a business platform for the animation industry, bringing together financing, distribution and co-production partners for animation project. 

APD Talent Program
Of particular interest to our students and recent graduates is the APD Talent Program, in which young producers and recent graduates can submit projects at little or no cost, including accommodation and travel expenses.  The deadline to submit your project is 20 February - so sharpen your pencils now.

Pitch your project at APD
One-on-one pitches
Unlike Cartoon Forum and Cartoon Movie, APD offers one-on-one pitches, sort of like "speed dating" - but for animation. Rather than pitching to a room full of conference attendees, you have the chance to present your work intimately to a carefully curated audience.

Of course, you still need a polished pitch, but you're doing your pitch in a more informal setting. To see more about the Art of the Pitch, see this blog post.

The deadline to submit your TV project to APD is 20 February.

Home Sweet Home - Festival Success
When does Animation Production Days take place?
Animation Production Day takes place alongside FMX from5-8 May 2020. To see more about FMX, follow this link.

How do you apply?
To get started, visit the APD official site.  This supplies full details of how to enter, and the link to the online form.

Producer Program Benefits 
Successful participants receive free accreditation for the Producer Program of APD (including accreditation for ITFS and FMX). This includes:
  • Presentation of the project in the APDs catalogue
  • Talent Kick-off Meeting
  • Participation in Producers for Co-Production (one-to-one-meetings)
  • Participation in the Financing Market (one-on-on meetings)
  • Participation in the APD conference
  • Participation in all APD networking events (lunches and dinners)
  • A maximum of 3 nights hotel accommodation
  • Reimbursement of travel costs up to 200 Euros
  • European graduates from universities and film schools with animation as their main field of study
  • Young professionals
  • Company founders (up to 35 years of age)
"Jelly Cars" by BNU MA student Lee Caller
Got Questions about APD? Contact Marlene Wagener
+49 30 911 47499 and
Amelie Mack +49 711 925 46122

Creative Content
Our students at Bucks aren't just animators, they are content creators, writing and animating short films and creating their characters, winning prizes in international festivals.

Learning how to create fresh content and then pitch it is one of the key skills that all our students must learn. TV Animation is in the midst of a Golden Age, and for our students with fresh ideas for a TV series in their heads, APD is the place to pitch it.

Becoming an animator is not just about learning your craft, it's about thinking, creating - coming up with ideas. Who knows? Your idea could be the next Peppa Pig, Bob The Builder, or Teletubbies.

Register online by 20 February
To register, follow this link.

Cartoon Movie and Cartoon Forum
Cartoon Movie and Cartoon Forum will also take applications later this year, with Cartoon Forum taking place in September, and Cartoon Movie happening in March 2021.

To see more, follow the links below:
For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days,  take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK.

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