The Seoul Authorities has introduced that Asia’s largest worldwide animation pageant, SICAF 2019, will headline the upcoming Seoul Cartoon & Animation Week festivities scheduled to run July 15-21. Three separate organized and programmed occasions are deliberate, with audiences, artists and enterprise professionals from around the globe set to attend. In help of the weeklong festivities, the town of Seoul has centered the eye of its total animation neighborhood to showcase the worldwide attraction and financial basis of Korea’s cartoon and animation trade.
Based on Cho In-Dong, Director Basic of Seoul Innovation at Seoul Metropolitan Authorities, “The Seoul Cartoon & Animation Week is a pageant that presents a snapshot of modifications and tendencies occurring proper now within the worldwide creativeness trade. The pageant will enhance worldwide consciousness of the Korean cartoon and animation trade. We’re dedicated to supporting it to be a profitable occasion cherished by everybody.”
SPP will inaugurate the week, opening Monday, July 15 on the Millennium Seoul Hilton. SICAF kicks off on Wednesday, July 17 at Megabox COEX; Si3 begins Friday, July 19 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
The Seoul Worldwide Cartoon & Animation Competition (SICAF) is without doubt one of the trade’s most prestigious animation festivals, with this 12 months’s competitors showcasing 103 movies from 28 nations; The Seoul Promotion Plan (SPP) is without doubt one of the largest markets for animation and webtoon professionals in Asia, that includes greater than 450 firms, together with Netflix, that collect to interact in content material manufacturing and distribution deal-making; and Seoul Worldwide Creativeness Business (Si3) is a artistic convention the place artists, producers, and entrepreneurs be a part of collectively to debate the current and way forward for the content material trade.
SICAF, which runs July 17-21, started in 1995 as a small, regional animation pageant. Now in its 23rd 12 months, SICAF has grow to be one of many trade’s most prestigious animation festivals and the most important worldwide animation occasion in Asia. The theme for 2019’s pageant is “Modern Change.” This 12 months, the 5-day occasion is being held at COEX A4 Corridor and Megabox COEX. A complete of two,565 movies from 93 nations have been submitted to the pageant; a various set of 103 movies from 28 nations will compete throughout quite a lot of completely different classes.
Opening the pageant, in its Korean premiere, would be the extremely acclaimed Korean 3D animated movie, Purple Footwear and the Seven Dwarfs. The comedy follows the story of Snow White, who’s reworked into a ravishing princess by a pair of purple footwear, and the seven dwarfs, who want a kiss from the world’s most stunning girls to undo their curse. All through the pageant, 28 completely different household screenings are scheduled, together with Howdy Carbot, Titipo Titipo, Tayo the Little Bus, Dokdo Guards Sea Lion and Ann of Inexperienced Gables, in addition to the thought-provoking Persepolis.
A cartoon and animation exhibition will even be organized alongside the screenings, offered in three components: particular, featured, and invitation. They are going to embody a wide range of enjoyable content material corresponding to interviews with webtoonists, costume play performances, and cubicles of associated firms.
The particular part will present previous and up to date works from Kim Hyung-Bae, the winner of the Comedian Awards 2018, together with a illustration of Kim’s studio and images that present his life and achievements.
The featured part will embody Proudog and Delicat, a pet-themed exhibition embellished as a pet café, the contains pet webtoons corresponding to The Final Canine House owners and Bbo-Zza-Toon.
In one other featured part, Scene: Gadamhangsul, from the webtoon Gadamhangsul will probably be reinterpreted as paper artwork that captures the three most spectacular scenes from the webtoon. Moreover, the part will exhibit numerous methods like lenticular, which exhibits completely different photographs when seen from completely different angles.
The invitation part will embody Younger Businessman Kim Dae-Jung, a historic webtoon primarily based on the true story of former Korean president Kim Dae-Jung as a younger businessman. The part will characteristic round 70 items of the webtoon accompanied by its manufacturing announcement.
Further SICAF occasions are additionally scheduled, corresponding to Masterclasses the place you’ll be able to study from animation Masters, Dubbing Artist’s Day for followers of animation, and Singalong. Audiences starting from animation fanatics, to households, to anybody who loves tradition and artwork, are inspired to participate.
Tickets may be bought through Naver or Interpark and all screenings will happen in Megabox COEX.
SPP, which runs July 15-17 on the Millennium Seoul Hilton, has 4 sections. In Biz Matching, patrons and sellers are matched to induce enterprise collaboration and funding. Asia New Path will deliver collectively main media firms all through Asia to debate the way forward for the animation trade, with an eye fixed in direction of methods for increasing and energizing Asian firm participation within the worldwide animation enterprise. On the Convention, a very powerful and well timed points from key content material industries will probably be mentioned. And, Ignite will characteristic a collection of enterprise shows from Korean media and manufacturing firms.
Main international patrons set to attend the Biz Matching and work together with Korean content material suppliers embody Netflix, Disney, Nickelodeon, and Youku. Many content material suppliers in Korea are excited as Netflix, the primary international OTT platform, has formally introduced its participation in SPP.
Si3 is Korea’s largest assembly place for cartoons, webtoons, and animation that exhibits a glimpse of each the current and the way forward for the content material trade, with overviews of commercial, inventive, and technical facets. The occasion runs July 19-20 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
Beneath the theme of “Age of Discovery: Tolerance for the New Renaissance,” Animation World Community co-founder Dan Sarto and OLM Digital govt director Ken Anjyo will ship keynote speeches. OLM Digital is finest recognized for pc graphic works on Pokemon and Yo-kai Watch. David Christensen, govt producer from the Nationwide Movie Board of Canada, will lead an attention-grabbing coverage roundtable. The NFB is taken into account a number one instance of finest practices within the state-led visible leisure trade.
20 audio system from eight nations are becoming a member of the discussion board, together with writers, professors and businessmen from completely different fields. Animators from Disney – Pixar and different studios will lead numerous workshops together with:
A particular workshop led by Eric Oh, a former Disney – Pixar animator who is thought for his work on Inside Out and Discovering Dory
3D Character manufacturing academy led by character artists from Blur Studio who labored on producing quite a lot of Netflix unique animation tasks
Lecture by Tumblbug introducing how one can get crowdfunding as a cartoon and animation skilled
Classes embody “Private Media Content material Captured in Creativeness,” the place guests meet content material creators, and “Philosophy and Humanities for Put up-Human Period,” which showcases convergence in Training for elementary college academics and college mother and father
Expertise areas corresponding to VR Recreation Playground for Therapeutic and the Underwater Dome, a future metropolis imagined by VR
The discussion board will even characteristic a behind-the-scenes story of the Oscar-nominated animated brief movie, The Dam Keeper, an enormous worldwide movie pageant favourite that was additionally featured on a number of main information media websites together with CNN. The movie was written and produced by Tonko Home co-founders and former Pixar artwork administrators, Daisuke “Cube” Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo. The movie tells an emotional story about environmental issues and college bullying.
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Dan Sarto is Writer and Editor-at-Massive of Animation World Community.