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Kids Kino Industry runs its Inspirational Webinars

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- A series of five webinars aims to tackle all of the important issues in children’s film production and look beyond the current problems facing the industry

Kids Kino Industry runs its Inspirational Webinars
A promotional image for the first Inspirational Webinar, "Exploring the Change"

Almost one month ahead of its dates (29 September-2 October), the fourth Kids Kino Industry (see the news), the Kids Kino International Film Festival’s co-production forum, has launched a series of Inspirational Webinars that are intended for film-industry professionals interested in further developing and working on content for children.

Running every Monday, with the first two webinars having been held already, they aim to tackle all of the important issues in the industry and explore the situation it is currently facing. The first webinar, which was held on 24 August, dealt with "Exploring the Change", and it was organised in co-operation with the Göteborg Film Festival’s Nostradamus Report. It was an opportunity for media analyst Johanna Koljonen to present the findings of the report, while David Kleeman analysed how children choose particular media and Madiana Asseraf-Jacob, of the European Broadcasting Union, gave an overview of how pubcasters have been shaping their content and formats during the pandemic, and how this will affect future programming.

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On 31 August, the focus was on “New Formats in Kids’ TV”, where producers shared their experiences and ideas for the future. In addition, Jan-Willem Bult presented MY # QUARATINELIFE, a cross-media project that shares news, opinions and stories from around the world, by children for children; JJ Johnson and Saara Chaudry focused on Lockdown, a social-media mystery for tweens in the social-distancing era; and Dutch producer Koji Nelissen presented Talking Heads, a non-fiction series where children talk about their views on life while getting a haircut.

As for the upcoming Inspirational Webinars, anyone can join them free of charge by visiting the registration page, which also contains more details of the subjects to be covered. On Monday 7 September, there is a presentation of some upcoming animated productions – the feature Even Mice Belong in Heaven (Czech Republic/Poland/Slovakia/France – see the news) and the TV series Two Little Birds (Argentina/Uruguay/France) – along with their studios, and one of the topics set to be covered will be the potential for setting up co-productions between Europe and the countries of South America.

On 14 September, the topic will be broader, as the “A Quantum Leap” webinar will analyse the ways in which gaming tech can elevate filmmaking. Through case studies of the BBC/HBO live-action series His Dark Materials and the short animation Ada by Blue Zoo, the event will explore how real-time engines helped the teams to evolve from traditional animation production towards a virtual future of powerful VR and game-creation capabilities.

The final webinar, which will run just one week prior to the launch of the Kids Kino International Film Festival, on 21 September, will focus on co-productions in a new, altered environment, and will look at whether this is a curse or a blessing. This will be accompanied by a first look at the live-action feature Mission Ulja Funk, produced by In Good Company GmbH (Germany) in co-production with ShipsBoy sp zoo (Poland) and Samsa Film (Luxembourg), and an examination of how this process evolved during the lockdown period.

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