Learning from France's animation industry at MOVE Summit

Scotland’s biggest animation gathering, MOVE Summit, will take place in Edinburgh 20 - 22 February this year.

Born in 2016 as a collaboration between animation studios, Interference Pattern and StampedeMOVE Summit exists to facilitate a flagship conference for the Scottish animation sector – showcasing the best work from throughout the industry, offering an exciting space for professionals to gather together and get inspired.

Since its one-day inaugural conference in 2017, which was attended by 240 delegates, MOVE Summit has grown year on year with sold out audiences. In 2018 the audience doubled to 480 attending over two days, three venues, with four times the content.

MOVE '19 is set to be the biggest yet. Day one will be dedicated to Emerging Talent and Days two and three will be dedicated to Industry.

This year, MOVE Summit’s international focus looks towards France. The Creative Europe UK and France desks have teamed up to strengthen French and Scottish links in the animation sector.

A time to reach out...

“Now more than ever, it’s time to reach out, hear other voices and collaborate with European partners. Since the beginning of the project there has been a common understanding that we would like to strengthen the links between Scotland and France.”

Alberto Valverde
Creative Europe Desk UK

More about the France Focus

With the support of Creative Europe Desk UK, MOVE '19 welcomes a delegation of French professionals including the presence of key names like Agnès Bizzaro from Cartoon Springboard, Moïra Marguin and Cécile Blondel from Gobelins - considered the world’s most prestigious animation school - and Clémence Bragard from animation association and festival AFCA (French Association of Animated Cinema) and Margaux Lacoste from Relais Culture Europe / Creative Europe Desk France.

“We are proud to secure the presence of such an incredible line-up of professionals thanks to our collaboration with the Creative Europe Desk in France," says Alberto Valverde from Creative Europe Desk UK.

“Today more than ever, it’s time to reach out, hear other voices and collaborate with European partners. Since the beginning of the project there has been a common understanding that we would like to strengthen the links between Scotland and France.”

The Creative Europe Desk UK are committed to facilitating connections between Scotland’s creative sectors and European partners, as well as continuing to strengthen Scotland’s ties to key cultural organisations worldwide.

As part of this, MOVE '19 will further explore the relationship between education and industry in Scotland’s animation sector and will address future challenges for animation in Scotland. Some of the highlights include the panel debate with French and Scottish professionals on retaining talent and building a thriving environment for animation.

'Retaining and training talent in the Scottish animation sector' will take place on Friday 22 February at 14.30 at Pleasance Edinburgh.

GOBELINS and Cartoon delegates will have specific sessions on Wednesday 20 February as part of MOVE '19 Emerging Talent Day and will also be available for one-to-one meetings. Furthermore, the programme includes short film screenings of GOBELINS student films, as well as a French animation programme curated by Clemence Bragard (AFCA).

Alberto Valverde from Creative Europe Desk UK and Margaux Lacoste from Creative Europe Desk France will have a stand at MOVE Summit and will be available for one-to-one meetings on Friday 22 Feburary.

Margaux Lacoste, Relais Culture Europe, said,

Relais Culture Europe is very pleased to take part to MOVE Summit, as such we believe in collaboration within creative operators in Europe to develop their skills and projects, from encouraging emerging talents and empowerment through good practices between the educational field and industry.”

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Buy tickets

To get your hands on tickets for any of the panels, events and workshops at MOVE '19, visit https://ti.to/move-summit/move-summit-2019.

More about the delegates

CARTOON is the European association of animation film. CARTOON is the organiser of Cartoon Forum, Cartoon Movie - a co-production forum for feature length animation - and the Cartoon Masters training seminars. Cartoon Springboard is part of a trio of short but intensive Cartoon Masters courses on improving pitching skills for young producers.

Agnès Bizzaro from Cartoon Forum works as a consultant for European broadcasters and producers. She started her career in TV production in France before working on the public channel, France 2, where she was responsible for the co-production of animation series. Agnes then worked for the fiction department for Channel M6. Agnes also holds a position as Content Co-ordinator for Cartoon Springboard, the CARTOON pitching event dedicated to young European talent.

Named in 2017 as the best animation school in the world, GOBELINS, L'Ecole de L'Image made headlines in 2017 when it was named the world’s top animation school for the second year running by the Animation Career Review. The priority criteria for their list of top 100 international animation schools include the overall quality of the program, the facilities and technology available to students.

Cécile Blondel is the Director of International Relations at GOBELINS. Cécile began her career as a secondary school History Teacher in France, going on to become a lecturer in Political and Cultural History at the University of St Andrews, before working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, then returning to Paris.

Although Cécile has spent the majority of her career in education, she is trained as a make-up artist and cherishes her passion for visual arts by founding a French theatre company in Scotland, Molière for Lunch.

Moïra Marguin is the Head of Animation at GOBELINS. After graduating in 1994 from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, Moïra directed her first short CGI animated film, selected at SIGGRAPH 1996. She then worked for over 10 years as a CGI artist on various commercials, music videos and documentaries.

Since then, Moïra has coached ENSAD students and taught CGI at Supinfocom, Valenciennes. From August 2003 to April 2010, Moïra set up and managed the Digital Department of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Since May 2010, Moïra has been the head of the Animation Department at GOBELINS and also holds the position of Vice President of the RECA (French Animation School Network).

Clémence Bragard studied Digital and Audio-Visual Content Management at Ina SUP and Audio-Visual production at GOBELINS. After working a few years for news TV channels, Clémence became a freelance curator and manager, developing and producing cultural projects related to Animation and Media.

Clémence has worked across many renowned institutions, including Annecy International Animation Festival (France), OIAF (Ottawa, Canada), AFCA, RECA, Epic Games (USA) and recently, The Animation Workshop (Viborg, Denmark). Clémence uses her experience and skills to help companies meet various business needs, reach target audiences and implement strategies.

Margaux Lacoste is in charge of MEDIA for Creative Europe Desk France. She supports audiovisual & creative industry players on their development at EU levels and financing opportunities of the Creative Europe programme.

Relais Culture Europe is a support organisation in the fields of European information, action and reflection for all those active in the cultural, creative and media sectors. Their mission as the French Creative Europe Desk is to support to mobilize the Creative Europe program (Culture, MEDIA, trans-sectorial) opportunities around European projects. Relais Culture Europe has the support of the French Ministry of Culture, the French National Centre of Cinematography, the European Commission, and a number of French local authorities.