Its Mipcom time again

CANNES: Frenzy marks Nice Airport as staff is in a tearing hurry to attend to the 1,200-odd delegates who?ve flown in from 60 countries across the globe to participate in the world?s largest content fair.

Indeed, the city of Cannes is draped in finery as it gears up to host Mipcom 2013 and Mip Junior - the biggest event(s) in the television trade.

Flagging off the extravaganza on 5 October at the Carlton is Mip Junior; a two-day content sale market-cum-conference whose focus is children?s content.

A significant precursor to Mipcom, Mip Junior sees influential international buyers, sellers and producers of kids? programmes converge to present, screen, license, discover and acquire the latest content. A platform that aims to offer maximum exposure to all participating companies, while focussing on new opportunities, business models and challenges facing the creative world, Mip Junior is a huge draw. Statistics-wise, 520 buyers, 44,000 screenings, 1,000 programmes and 700 companies certainly make it a not-to-be-missed event.

This year, the who?s who of the animation industry will be in attendance, both their ongoing and upcoming shows in tow. So while, there will be Unicorn Black with Burka Avenger and Marvista Entertainment with Digimon and Power Rangers, they will share space with say a Kumanta Animation Studios that is bringing its all new Miles and Stones to Mip Junior.

What?s more, a special workshop will be held on the first day to offer insights to producers and distributors as to how to make the most of the mainstream online platform.

Day One of the 2013 edition will also see the return of the international competition for newest projects created for children. In the race are Being Zeth by Source Animation, India; Goris the Gorilla by Split, Brazil & Gong, Chile; Koouka by Aldebaran Distribution and Vallaround, Italy; Nelly and Nora by Geronimo, Ireland and The Little Train Choo Choo by JM Animation, Korea.

Add to all this, participants will get an opportunity to understand and unveil new trends in kids? content in Russia. Not to mention, Argentina, the country of honour this year, will be partnering with the Argentine National Film Board to showcase original animation, live action and digital series produced by independent Argentina-based producers.

In case you thought a day of showcasing, networking, buying and selling was it, no way... Reed Midem hosts a night party to present Argentina as this year?s country of honour. So, time to get your LBD and dancing shoes out...

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