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The Industry Day kicks off Cardiff Animation Festival on Thursday 19th April. Running from 1pm onwards, it's the ideal opportunity to learn from experienced industry professionals and gain insight and knowledge on working in animation and related industries.

The day includes sessions offering advice and info on how to get into the industry, tips on how to get your ideas on to TV, who to pitch your ideas to, how to use your short film to take over the world, and the business of festivals, licensing and distribution! It promises to be a highly useful day for professionals, career starters, people looking to break into the animation industry.

Industry Day events are only accessible with an Industry Day Pass.  Concessions are available for Students, over 60’s, children, unemployed, disabled people, Chapter Friends and BAFTA Cymru and Iris members. Proof of eligibility must be shown on collection. 

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Keynote: Bob Ayres (TrueTube)

Nominated for a record-breaking seven awards at the most recent BAFTA Children's Awards, TrueTube picked up four of them, against competition from children's entertainment big guns CBBC, CBeebies and Cartoon Network. TrueTube's creative director, Bob Ayres, opens the Industry Day of Cardiff Animation Festival.


Panel: Getting to Market

Written a script for the next awesome TV pilot? Made a film, but don’t know what to do next? Learn the fine art of promoting and selling your work, from TV ideas to short films, at markets around the world. Gain insight and tips from panelists Adam Bailey (Cloth Cat Animation), author and filmmaker Ben Mitchell, IP lawyer Huw Walters and chair Helen Brunsdon (Animation UK, British Animation Awards).


Panel: Licensing and Distribution

Our panelists talk about what you need to consider when developing an IP, how to get your work out there, who you should share it with and when, and a little bit of the legal stuff you need to know too! With panelists Helen Howells (HoHo Entertainment), Alison Taylor (Aardman), Rich Warren (Encounters) and chair Helen Brunsdon (Animation UK, British Animation Awards).



Coffee Break

Refreshments brought to you by the University of South Wales.


Afternoon Tea with the Children's Commissioners

Got a project idea for children's TV? Want to find out who might commission it, what they're looking for, and how to get your project picked up? Hear from our expert panel of Children's Commissioners, plus a chance to sign up for a one-to-one after the session to chat about your project in person.

Speakers include Cheryl Taylor (Head of Content, BBC Children's), Stuart Rowson (Head of Discovery, BBC), Lucy Murphy (Head of Kids Content, Sky UK), Sioned Wyn Roberts (Children's Commissioner, S4C), Cecilia Persson (VP of Programming and Content Strategy, Turner EMEA Kids, Acquisitions and Co-production International). Hosted by Jon Rennie (Bait/Thud/Cloth Cat Animation).

Brought to you by BAFTA Cymru.



Afternoon Tea

Refreshments brought to you by the University of South Wales.


Case Studies

If inspiration is what you need, look no further! We’ve collected three cool people who work in the animation industry in various roles to tell you all about how they do what they do!


Panel: Festivals – Behind the Curtain

Want to get your animation seen at festivals? Panelists Rich Warren (Encounters), Jen Hall (Manchester Animation Festival), Iain Gardner (Edinburgh International Film Festival), Lauren Orme (Cardiff Animation Festival) and chair Kieran Argo (Encounters) talk programming, practicalities, support opportunities, and how to make the most of your festival experience – the perfect send-off for your weekend at Cardiff Animation Festival!


One-to-Ones (Meeting Room 1)

A chance to chat to the Children's Commissioners one-to-one to talk about your project in person. Plus opportunities for one-to-ones with Judy Wasdell to discuss support from Creative Europe Desk UK - Wales.


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Networking Drinks

Inspired by our Industry Day sessions? Want to start a new project or reinvigorate an unfinished one? As well as a chance to have a drink with us and meet some new people, our networking drinks will give you an opportunity to meet some organisations who can help you make your next animation project. Drinks brought to you by British Council and Creative Europe Desk UK - Wales.

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