Cartoon Network has partnered with IMDA for Imagination Studios, a two-day animation workshop in Singapore later this month that is meant to inspire the next generation of storytellers.
Imagination Studios includes an industry workshop on April 21 and a workshop for kids between the ages of 9 and 13 on April 22. The events, which are supported by StarHub, will take place at PIXEL Studios, a facility launched by IMDA in 2016. They will be fronted by animator Daniel Chong, creator and exec producer of Cartoon Network’s hit comedy We Bare Bears.
The industry seminars will see animation professionals from Turner and leading studios provide insight into how to conceptualize, refine and pitch an idea. Attendees can also submit their own animation project to Turner that could be fully funded and produced by Cartoon Network in partnership with IMDA, with the potential to be screened across Asia Pacific and beyond.
The workshop on April 22 will introduce children to the world of animation. Through hands-on and group sessions, kids will learn how to create their very own stop-animation video. The session will be conducted by Vaibhav Kumarev, the director of Vaibhav Studios in India and creator of the Cartoon Network original Lamput.
Mark Eyers, chief content officer for Turner’s kids’ networks in Asia Pacific, commented: “Imagination Studios will not only help us to provide a platform to those who are interested in animation, but will also look to inspire passion in future animators too. There is a strong pool of talent in Singapore and we are dedicated to working closely with industry leaders such as IMDA and StarHub to offer them new opportunities and direction. To complement Cartoon Network’s global artist and international shorts programs, this event is also a great way for us to connect with our viewers, and show them how some of the best animated content is made.”
Angeline Poh, assistant chief executive for content and innovation at IMDA, added: “IMDA is excited to partner [with] Turner’s Cartoon Network to give Singaporean talent the opportunity to unleash their imagination and creativity, and to learn from and be inspired by artists like Daniel Chong. We believe that everyone has a story to tell, no matter how young you are or where you come from. So we hope that workshops like Imagination Studios will help uncover more interesting stories from Singapore and allow them to be enjoyed by a global audience.”