Animation Conference

Where: Media Factory – The Media Innovation Centre & Room 210

Time: 10am-3:45pm

Pitch Your Animation to the Industry – The Media Innovation Centre

Industry professionals are coming into Uclan and you have the chance to pitch your ideas and show reel to get real feedback. Below are some of the people coming……

About Jackie Edwards:

Jackie is Executive Producer, Animation and Acquisitions for CBeebies – the U.K.’s foremost dedicated pre-school television channel. Prior to joining CBeebies in October 2008, Jackie worked as an animation producer and consultant working on many prestigious and award winning animated series and specials in the Independent sector, from BAFTA, RTS, Prix Jeunesse and Prix Danube winning ‘The First Snow of Winter’ BBC1 through to the Pulcinella winning ‘Frankenstein’s Cat’ for CBBC and France 3. At CBeebies, Jackie manages the Animation and Acquisitions slate and she is Executive Producer on many of CBeebies animated series, such as ‘Tree Fu Tom’, ‘Driver Dan’s Story Train’, ‘The Octonauts’, ‘Raa Raa the Noisy Lion’ and ‘Rastamouse’.

About Jon Turner:

Jon was raised in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and after earning a degree in Classical Civilization, studied animation at Bournemouth NCCA. He co-founded the animation studio Kilogramme in 2005, having previously worked for five years at Cosgrove Hall films. In the past he has provided content for CBBC, Cbeebies, CITV, Kaspersky Lab, the V&A, TBWA and McCann Erikcon, while writing and directing his own shorts in his spare time. Tall Tales part 3 is part of a series began in 2012, to tackle a backlog of his short story ideas.

About Candy Guard:

Candy Guard is a writer, animator and cartoonist. She made lots of short, funny animated films for Channel 4 about everyday things of great importance, including ‘Alternative Fringe’ about going to the hairdressers and ‘Fatty Issues’ about going on a diet. Her main influences are Beryl the Peril and Claire Bretecher (look her up!) and having always wondered what Beryl would be like if she had a chance to grow up she created Dolly Pond, the feisty yet weedy central character of her award-winning animated Pond Life – there’s loads of it on her website if you want to have a pool She had a long-running strip cartoon in the Observer magazine and now writes books with lots of funny drawings in them. Her new series of books are about Jelly Rowntree, who is starting big school with her very immature friends Myf and Roobs. The first one is called Turning to Jelly, in which she finds out she isn’t musical enough to play the triangle, is forced to have a birthday party by her Mum, Sue ( who is nearly as immature as Myf and Roobs), and finds out cool girls are only human when Bethany Iceland farts. It was published by Macmillan on 14th August 2014. The second in the series ‘Jelly Has A Wobble’ is out on the 26th March 2015 – Jelly, Myf and Roobs are to be bridesmaids at Jelly’s Mum’s wedding. Myf and Roobs are VERY excited but Jelly has grave concerns because a) the dresses are pink and fluffy b) Sandy Blatch’s band are playing at the party c) Jelly’s new surname is going to be Mould and d) the other bridesmaids are Brittainee the annoying American friend of her Mum’s annoying American friend and Cousin Amelia, child genius. Candy lives in Catford, London with her brilliant animator husband Robin Shaw, her very talented cat, Baddy, and occasionally her 3 gorgeous step-daughters, Rosie, Heather and Robin.


Talks by Industry Professionals – Jenny Rutter & Liam Springthorpe – Room 210

Live Briefs. Left Coast – Jenny Rutter and staff from Left Coast talk about doing live briefs and how to use social media. Graduate student Liam Springthorpe will discuss his experience working as a director on a student internship with Left Coast.

Left Coast is a programme of arts, culture and creative activity happening across Blackpool and Wyre on the Fylde Coast. We aim to provide opportunities to experience high quality arts and culture that is accessible to all. We’re all about creating amazing art on your doorstep. From jaw-dropping spectacle to intimate experiences in your neighbourhood, we want to make art happen. In the process we hope to inspire and support creatives who live, work and study here.


Talks by Industry Professionals – Sarah Gomes – Room 210

With Bafta Winner, Sarah Gomes creator of Sarah and Duck Channel 5.


Director of Kilogramme – Room 210

Jon Turner, director of Kilogramme Animation Studios will discuss the work by Kilogramme and talk about this own journey to success.