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Pitching opportunities at The Animation Conference 2015

The Animation Conference (TAC), in collaboration with 9 Story Entertainment, is once again offering PITCH THIS!, a specialised program dedicated to providing producers with potential career-changing pitching opportunities. The TAC committee, which includes representatives from the world’s leading animation companies, is currently accepting submissions and will soon select two ideas to be presented at this year’s Conference in Ottawa this September.

Selected presenters will have ten minutes each to pitch their ideas to over 250 potential buyers, financiers, partners, and industry professionals, and a panel of today’s top influencers (last year’s panel included representatives from Nickolodeon, TELETOON, Amazon, and PBS). A kids jury will also provide feedback to presenters in real time in front of a live audience.

"PITCH THIS! gives everyone (in the TAC audience) a chance to see a producer deliver their concept while industry professionals react in a very raw and spontaneous way," says Athena Georgakalis, director of content for TELETOON and former PITCH THIS! panelist. "For the pitchee, the exposure is excellent. They pitch not only to the panelists but to everyone in the room and opportunities have been created because of moments like these."

Georgakalis was a PITCH THIS! panelist in 2010 when Mike Geiger pitched his idea for a series called Winston Steinberger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong. "I was so impressed that TELETOON put the show into development shortly after and it is now in production," she says.

The TAC committee will be accepting proposals until the 15 July deadline. Those interested are encouraged to submit proposals via e-mail to presentations@animationfestival.ca. Project proposals should be geared for children ages six to twelve and must include a synopsis, bios of key project executives, a short paragraph detailing the project’s current stage of development, and two to three samples of concept art.

Selected presenters will receive an all-access pass and three nights’ accommodation during the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) and TAC. The OIAF is a major animation event which takes place each September.

For more information visit the OIAF website.

Zuku welcomes the staging of the 7th Mini ZIFF Bongo Movies Festival

Zuku welcomes the staging of the 7th Mini ZIFF Bongo Movies Festival of the Dhow Countries 12th June 2015 taking place in both Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo and is generously supported by ComNet, one of Tanzania’s fastest growing internet providers based in Dar es Salaam.

 The Mini ZIFF Bongo Movies Festival Nomination Event is a celebratory event that  acknowledges the growing importance of the Bongo Movie industry to the cultural and economic development of the country and to the East Africa region. The mini-festival is a curtain raisor to the main Zanzibar International Film Festival to be held in Stonetown from the 18th to 26th July 2015.
As part of Mini ZIFF there will be a Bongo Movies Distribution Forum at the Escape One Venue in order to discuss and workshop these issues.  Mini ZIFF, along with Primetime Entertainment and Clouds FM, will also play host to 50 of the top Bongo movie stars, directors and technical stafff at an event where the ten Nominated Bongo movies will be announced. These ten movies will vie for the coveted ZUKU Bongo Movies awards, including; Directing, Cinematography, Sound, Editing, Producing and Acting and TV.

As the main sponsor for ZIFF, the growth of Bongo movies in Tanzania depends on TV market and ZUKU fosters that growth, along with ZIFF. As a channel, original content is paramount to our business. We harness the growth potential in developing Swahili films and awarding them the opportunity to be showcased on the Zuku platform says Zuku TV Director Mandy Rogers.

Zuku is the first pay TV provider to commission Bongo movies which will premiere at ZIFF 2015. ZUKU will be screening 2 of the 4 bongo movies it’s commissioned during ZIFF 2015 and will be scheduled to debut on ZUKU Swahili Channel 210.

Zuku is also proud to have commissioned the first of the kind Magazine Show called Bongowood Access that is a weekly 30 minutes Swahili magazine show that aims to give the viewer access into education, knowledge and entertainment in the vibrant film industry of Tanzania. The program is segmented into 5 categories and is packed with insightful interviews, movie star, producer, film director and other celebrity profiling and loads of fun and exciting information.