PICTOFOLIO PRESENTS: THE PICTOPLASMA Talent Market

5 MAY, 20 – 22h/

CHARACTER
FORUM
SPEED PITCHING

 

A FAST-PACED NETWORKING EVENING
FOR THE TALENT OF TOMORROW
AND THE INDUSTRY LEADERS OF TODAY

PRESENT YOUR PERSONAL CHARACTER PROJECT OR PORTFOLIO TO INDUSTRY LEADING ANIMATION PRODUCERS, ART BUYERS, ILLUSTRATION AGENCIES OR PUBLISHERS…

 

The new Character Forum presents a fast-paced networking evening where conference attendees have the chance to present their personal character project or portfolio to industry-leading makers and shakers. From animation to illustration, advertising to publishing, toy to games, this is your chance to introduce your work to a selected group of producers, creative directors, agencies, art buyers and talent scouts. 

How does it work?

More than 20 companies await the participating attendees at individual tables in the upper gallery for a total of six one-on-one speed pitching sessions. Every ten minutes, a new round starts, seats are re-shuffled and new talents present their portfolios and character based projects.
In order to book one of the available seven slots per company, you need to secure a ticket at the information booth on the ground floor of the Villa Elisabeth, starting from 8pm. It’s first come, first served!
It is part of the game that not everyone will end up presenting their work to the company of their dreams, but once you’ve seen the faces, feel free to approach them over the course of the next few days.

HOW TO PREPARE?

Familiarize yourself with the following list of participating companies. Study their bios, read their testimonials, try to figure out if you have something to offer them, or vice versa.
If you feel that some of them might be a good match for your style or character-related project, prepare some visual references and bring them along for the pitch. You’ll have 10 offline minutes to leave a lasting impression. It’s up to you to put together your material to make your general portfolio or special project shine*!

(*As a basic rule: less is more! If you have 6 – 12 simple printed references and use your time to talk them through your project / idea, that might make the most sense. Using a pdf on your smart phone is also an alternative. Keep it simple.)


FIRST CONFIRMED INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS:

# ANIMATION PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

SHAMIK MAJUMDAR (UK)
SHAMIK MAJUMDAR (UK)
  • Shamik Majumdar is the Creative Director, Animation and Live Action Content at The Walt Disney Company EMEA based in London. The role encompasses the development and production of original series for Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. He has a particular focus on Art Direction, Design and Animation. Prior to Walt Disney, Shamik worked with Turner Entertainment Networks Asia (Hong Kong) and Channel [v] Music Networks (Mumbai). His work has received awards across art direction, writing, directing, editing, animation including a Best Of Show Jury Award at the PROMAX BDA New York. He also received The First International Audi Design Award (Dieter Rams, Kenji Ekuan, Peter Schreyer Jury) for an interdisciplinary design team project. His independent animated shorts have been selected for festivals in Stuttgart, Ottawa, Zagreb and Mumbai. 

    disney.com >

“Disney Channel is looking for creators, designers, directors and storyboard artists to make the next generation of original animated series.”

#animation #series #direction #illustration

MICHAEL FEDER, KRISTIN LABRIOLA  (USA)
MICHAEL FEDER, KRISTIN LABRIOLA (USA)
  • Michael Feder is the Managing Director of Hornet — a diversified mixed media production studio based in Brooklyn, New York and London that celebrates artistic vision through detailed storytelling and compelling filmmaking. Driven by its roster of established and emerging directors, passionate artists and strong producers. In 2003 Feder established Hornet Films, expanding Hornet’s offering into film and television with original content in both short form and mini-series platforms. With the recent addition of Hornet London in 2015, Feder continues to cultivate Hornet as a strong global brand while preserving the studio’s culture and creative atmosphere.

    hornetinc.com >

“In addition to looking for new directors to sign and develop, we are looking to meet with talented character designers, concept artists, stop motion artists and fabricators.”

#animation #commercials #direction #musicvideos

ERIKA FORZY (FR)
ERIKA FORZY (FR)
  • Passion Pictures is a multiple-Oscar-winning independent production company with offices and animation studios in London, Paris, New York and Melbourne. The company creates every form of animation and live-action imaginable across an unlimited range of media. It takes a special kind of skill to spot talent and Erika Forzy has refined the art during a diverse career in animation. After studying in Paris and Tokyo, the French national stayed in Japan to work on TV commercials and films for simulator rides with the young director Pierre Coffin amongst others. Eventually moving to London she joined Passion Pictures where she produced countless TVCs, including the animation for the Adidas ‘Impossible Is Nothing’ campaign, as well as numerous music videos such as ‘Do Ya Thing’ for Gorillaz, and the BAFTA-nominated short film ‘City Paradise’ directed by Gaelle Denis. Now living with her family in Paris, the self-confessed illustration and design fanatic is a full-time talent scout and occasional producer.

    passion-pictures.com >

“Passion Pictures is always on the look out for emerging directors, animators and artists with a unique visual style and a passion for storytelling to join their talented international team.”

#animation #commercials #music_videos #direction #illustration

CLAIRE COOK (UK)
CLAIRE COOK (UK)
  • Be it handmade or high-tech, Nexus has over 15 years experience of bringing together globally acclaimed directors, coders, TDs and producers to create TV series, shorts, commercials, interactive, VR and AR projects. Their work includes an OSCAR nominated short, a Grammy nominated music video, two coveted Cannes Grand Prix commercials and had four films selected as TEDs Ads Worth Spreading in just three years.
    At Nexus, Claire Cook is responsible for developing original content with interactive artists, directors, designers and writers, as well as producing interactive film productions for commercial and arts commissions. Recent clients include Google (Spotlight Stories), BBC, Samsung, Channel 4, Tate Modern, Louis Vuitton, Nike, The V&A Museum and Clear Channel. From 2010-2014, Claire was also Editorial Advisor and Guest Curator for leading digital arts venue, La Gaîté lyrique in Paris. From 2006 – 2010, Claire was the Senior Producer for BBC Film Network, where she commissioned and produced the annual BBC short film production schemes with BBC Films, and worked for onedotzero, MTV italy, Stink and atomfilms.

    nexusproductions.com >

    nexusinteractivearts.com  >

“I am looking forward to being inspired and surprised by all the new creative work featured at Pictoplasma and would like to meet directors, designers, writers (and any other kind of storyteller!), who are interested in collaborating with us.”

#animation #commercials #music_videos #games #interactive

PHILIP HUNT  (UK)
PHILIP HUNT (UK)
  • Philip Hunt is director and Creative Director of London-based STUDIO AKA, a multi Award-winning animation production company known internationally for their idiosyncratic & innovative work. Alongside an eclectic range of commercial & broadcast projects, AKA also produce amazing short films; including The BAFTA & Sundance winning (& Oscar nominated) ‘A Morning Stroll’, The BAFTA winning ‘Lost and Found’ (an adaptation of the award-winning children’s book by Oliver Jeffers), the BAFTA winning & Cartoon D’Or-winning ‘Jo Jo in the Stars’ – and the multi-Award winning ‘Varmints’. STUDIO AKA boasts a roster of exceptionally talented directors, designers, animators and producers.

    studioaka.co.uk >

“STUDIO AKA is always interested in discovering talented & unique artists, animators, and all round smart people who defy categorisation. If you recognise yourself in what we do, then just introduce yourself as we may be looking for you.”

#animation #series #commercials #musicvideos #direction #concept_artist

MIKE MOON (USA)
MIKE MOON (USA)
  • Mike Moon is Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs at Sony Pictures Animation. Based in Los Angeles, Moon develops animated long-form and short-form content outside of the traditional animation development pipeline. His main focus is working closely with artists to generate and develop their ideas into stories that can be distributed on a wide variety of platforms including theatrical feature films, online and theatrical shorts, video-on-demand, mobile, and other emerging distribution channels.
    Mike studied character animation at CalArts and spent the first 15 years of his career as an animation artist (designer, art director, director, producer). Mike’s credits include Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, The Powerpuff Girls, The Simpsons, and Clone High.

    sonypicturesanimation.com >

“We are always looking for opportunities to work with new voices in animation and design. “

#animation #feature #development #concept_artist #direction

ANNA LORD (UK)
ANNA LORD (UK)
  • Locksmith Animation is bringing together experienced, world-class creative leads and Europe’s animation and design talent to produce quality family films for global release. The mission is to tell unique, original stories that speak to the hearts of today’s children. As the Artist Manager, Anna Lord is tasked with pulling together the teams of artists who will work on the front-end development of their feature films, and those who will eventually form their art departments.

    locksmithanimation.com  >

“I want character designers who can breathe life into our stories. Our mission is mainstream but there is always room for original work from the exciting and eclectic mix of artists that come to Pictoplasma.”

#animation #feature #concept_artist #illustration

ROBERTA SANDRI, JACOB DONALD MASBRUCH (DK)
ROBERTA SANDRI, JACOB DONALD MASBRUCH (DK)
  • The LEGO® Group is the global leader in the construction toys category and one of the biggest toy companies in the world. The LEGO brick is the company´s most important product, inspiring the way generations of children rebuild the world in an imaginative way.
    Roberta Sandri works as Senior Art Director and Jacob Masbruch as Concept Artist/Illustrator within the LEGO® Group’s Consumer Marketing Agency (CMA) since 2010. CMA is a full service advertising agency servicing internal customers in the LEGO Company with all sorts of communication solutions, from strategies and concepts to the development of packaging, TV commercials, content, websites, etc. Roberta has worked on a variety of projects within LEGO and is currently the creative lead for LEGO Elves and LEGO Classic. Before joining LEGO, Jacob has worked in the video games industry as a concept artist.

    LEGO.com >

“We are interested in seeing inspirational works of animation and artwork and look forward to making connections with top talent in the field!”

#toys #animation #commercials #advertising

# AGENCIES & ART BUYERS

TIM SCHMITT (DE)
TIM SCHMITT (DE)
  • Jung von Matt is an independent agency and proud of it. German offices are in Hamburg, Berlin and Stuttgart. Main clients in Berlin are MINI, Nikon and Kayak. Tim Schmitt is Creative Director Design at Jung von Matt/Spree (Berlin office). In this position he focuses on art direction, design and the look and feel of advertising campaigns as well as selecting talents for production. In the past he worked in animation projects with Psyop LA and NY, Moresoon (Carl Burges) and Logan.tv.

    jvm.com >

“I am looking forward to meeting artists that offer fresh and unseen imagery and who we can possibly work with in the future.”

#advertising #animation #commercials #music_videos

MARIE-LOUISE SADAKANE, HEIKE MEYBURGH (DE)
MARIE-LOUISE SADAKANE, HEIKE MEYBURGH (DE)
  • B-Reel is a creative agency. We are a team of storytellers and technologists creating new ways to connect brands and audiences. Love of craft and technical innovation fuels our search for the unexpected. Our process is flat, fast, and fun — maintaining integrity from thinking to making. B-Reel strategizes, concepts, designs, codes, animates, directs and solves problems. B-Reel – A Full Stack Creative Agency, made by makers.

    b-reel.com >

“We are super curious to meet new talents & exchange thoughts and be part of an amazing event.”

#advertising #agency #production #concept_artist #illustration

EMANUEL MUGRAUER, VALERIE OPITZ (DE)
EMANUEL MUGRAUER, VALERIE OPITZ (DE)
  • antoni is the lead agency of Mercedes-Benz for the European market. The agency located in Berlin-Mitte currently consists of 100 specialists from all disciplines working on integrated communication solutions for the automobile manufacturer from Stuttgart. Head of Art Production is Emanuel Mugrauer. Together with Valerie Opitz they take care of all creative executions.

    antoni.de >

“Surprise us!”

#agency #art_buying #concept_artist

MORGANE LE FRANÇOIS (FR)
MORGANE LE FRANÇOIS (FR)
  • Founded in 2013 by Morgane Le François, La Suite is an illustration agency based in Paris, sister agency to Tiphaine. La Suite represents the finest French and worldwide talents in the industry, in all types of visual work; traditional media or digital illustrators, set designers, embroiderer, paper artist, motion designers… Our roster is now composed of twenty-four young accomplished professionals, working with international brands and agencies.

    lasuite-illustration.com >

“We are always interested in meeting emerging talents in illustration and animation. As the range of our clients and projects grows more diverse, we would love to meet new creatives, especially 3D artists, motion designers, and character designers.”

#illustration #advertising #animation #commercial #music_video

KIRSTEN FRENZ, MARIAN PAUL (DE)
KIRSTEN FRENZ, MARIAN PAUL (DE)
  • VCCP Berlin was founded in 2008 with rented desks and private laptops, with the vision of setting up an international creative agency working out of Europe’s most transformational city. Just like the London HQ, the agency is based on the principles of simplicity, collaboration, un-preciousness and integration, with everything centred on ideas rather than channels. Kirsten Frenz has been Senior Art Director since 2010 and Marian Paul Art Director since 2014 at VCCP. they work for clients such as BMW Motorrad, O2, Sloggi, NIKE, Converse and Ferrero, with a focus on conception, brand development and graphic design.

    vccp.de >

“When do you know it is the best you can do? What defines your personal style and how did you find it?”

#advertising #art_buying #animation #concept_artist #games

LISA HASSELL (UK)
LISA HASSELL (UK)
  • WE ARE GOODNESS is a UK based illustration agency founded by Inkygoodness director Lisa Hassell. Having worked in the creative industry for over six years as a curator, design writer and producer, her passion for illustration and visual art is ever-growing. From their first sell-out London show ‘Play’ in 2010, to exhibiting on the Pictoplasma ’Character Walk’ just 12 months later, Inkygoodness have had the pleasure of working with some of the most talented artists in the industry, building a global community that now surpasses 50k.
    Their sister agency WE ARE GOODNESS is the next chapter in this journey. A creative agency for the advertising, editorial and publishing industries, WE ARE GOODNESS represent an eclectic roster of multi-disciplinary designers and illustrators working across paper craft and typography, street art, tactile illustration, animation and character design.

    wearegoodness.com >

“We are actively seeking fresh talent to join our agency roster, particularly meeting with versatile illustrators and animators with distinctive visual style and commercial potential.”

#agency #direction #publishing #design #illustration

KERSTIN KRAUS, FRANZISKA MÖCK (DE)
KERSTIN KRAUS, FRANZISKA MÖCK (DE)
  • Heimat is one of the leading creative agencies in Germany. Well-known for their extraordinary campaigns for Hornbach, Otto or Google. Heimat is not just a typical ad agency – our aim is to combine outstanding ideas with creative and funny concepts and bring them to life with artists from all over the world. Kerstin Kraus has over 20 years of experience in the global creative sector. Working as a senior art buyer, photo editor, curator, project manager, photo producer, creative coach, artist agent and visual consultant. With multi-faceted and broad knowledge, she offers total creative support, individualised consultation, and the perfect solution for any artistic venture.

    heimat-berlin.com >

“We are always searching for something surprisingly new and looking forward to see talented artists and new inspiration while joining international flair.”

#advertising #art_buying #fine_arts

NICOLAS PITZALIS (FR)
NICOLAS PITZALIS (FR)
  • Lezilus is an illustration agency based in Paris, founded in 2005. Their focus is on advertising and magazines. They have an alliance with Illustrissimo and Agent 002, and together the three agencies work with around 100 illustrators, French and international.

    lezilus.fr >

“We want to meet creative, talented, new illustrators and partners!”

#illustration #publishing #design

ANDREA WENDT, JÖRN SCHWARZ (DE)
ANDREA WENDT, JÖRN SCHWARZ (DE)
  • 2 Agenten is the only German agency with an exclusive focus on representing illustrators. It was established in 2006 by Andrea Wendt and Jörn Schwarz, who had previously worked in advertising and felt there was a need to fill this gap. Based in Berlin, the company represents a fine collection of international illustrators who work for advertising, editorial and animation clients.

    2agenten.com >

“Illustrators with an unseen and distinctive handwriting, to enrich our agency portfolio, are more than welcome.”

#illustration #animation #commercials #musicvideos

# TOY COMPANIES, GAMES & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

RADOST KEREFEYNA, AGNESE CAGLIO, ANDRÉ DALL, SØREN LETHIN (DK)
RADOST KEREFEYNA, AGNESE CAGLIO, ANDRÉ DALL, SØREN LETHIN (DK)
  • LEGO Preschool Front-end is a small innovation team within the LEGO System organisation.
    We specialise in creating and preparing medium to long term product & marketing concepts for the future of play. We base all our innovation on explorative processes and extensive user integration.

    LEGO.com/duplo >

“We are looking for experienced illustrative and design talent with passion for preschool – to help us reboot our LEGO DUPLO figures & stories.”

#toys #games #interactive #publishing #children_books

JASON FLANAGAN (DE)
JASON FLANAGAN (DE)
  • YAGER is an independent developer of computer and video games based in Berlin, Germany. We are an English-speaking studio that employs more than 100 people from 20 different countries. As passionate gamers ourselves, our focus is on the games we love to play: AAA, multi-platform experiences for a global audience.
    Jason Flanagan is Art Director at YAGER, currently working on the Dreadnought project. Having grown up in the US, he joined YAGER in Berlin in 2007, as Lead Artist on SpecOps: The Line.

    yager.de >

“We look forward to discovering passionate and dedicated artists wanting to work on AAA video game projects.”

#games #interactive #animation #concept_artist

NICOLAI HERTLE, CHARLIE-CAMILLE THOMAS (DE)
NICOLAI HERTLE, CHARLIE-CAMILLE THOMAS (DE)
  • Fab Lab Berlin is an open Digital Fabrication Studio and one of Berlin´s finest Maker Hubs. Anyone can learn here how to use 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, design software and electronics to make (almost) anything he or she wants. It is part of the international Fab Lab network and offers access to a professional DIY studio and a great community of makers.
    Nicolai Hertle co-founded the Lab in the heart of Berlin in 2013. He is a trained carpenter and product designer with a focus on interior design and digital production. His knowledge about techniques in prototyping and production of character art and toy design evolves from an enduring enthusiasm for figurative character design. He recently supported participants and delivered a talk at the Pictoplasma Academy.

    fablab.berlin >

“I want to get more designers and artists to use the Fab Lab´s resources to make their creatures live.“

#engineering #prototyping #manufacture #toys #fine_arts #production

# FUNDING, LEGAL ADVISE, MARKETPLACE

DANIEL RASSOULI (DE)
DANIEL RASSOULI (DE)
  • Attorney-at-law Daniel Rassouli is a professional for art and business law. He has several years of work experience as a General Counsel for an auction house and as a Legal Counsel for an international media company. His clients benefit especially from his deep understanding of the art and cultural industries and his network of industry stakeholders. He regularly publishes articles in journals and speaks at conferences.

    artandbusinesslaw.de >

“Be it copyright infringement or licensing regulations – I would like to help, should your art works and projects have raised legal questions.”

#law #copyright #licensing #art_buying #fine_arts

ILIL BECKER, JEAN-CHRISTOPHE SIMON (DE)
ILIL BECKER, JEAN-CHRISTOPHE SIMON (DE)
  • KissKissBankBank, the first European Crowdfunding Platform, was founded at the beginning of 2010 in Paris and is dedicated to creativity and innovation in all fields. Since its foundation it became one of the world leaders, helping around 20,000 projects collecting more then 46 million Euro worth of funding.
    Ilil Becker, KissKissBankBank Project specialist in Berlin, studied Theater and Cinema and arrived to Crowdfunding via Film-Production. By now she is on a crowdfunding-pedagogical mission. Ilil will be joined by Jean-Christophe Simon, the founder of Films Boutique GmbH, a Berlin-based company specialised in Feature films sales and production.

    kisskissbankbank.com >

“We invite you to be a part of the sharing economy and DIY spirit by learning first hand how to use the tool of crowdfunding properly in order to make your creative ideas a reality!”

#funding #animation_feature #self-publishing #games

MARTIN KRANZ, ANDREA LIPPKI (DE)
MARTIN KRANZ, ANDREA LIPPKI (DE)
  • Juniqe is the online destination for curated art prints, apparel and accessories. We revolutionise the European affordable art market by making art accessible to the masses, while catering to the individual. We curate exciting designs by authentic artists and inspire people to make art present in their everyday lives: owning art becomes a reality for everyone.

    juniqe.com >

“We’re looking for new talents across (almost) all artistic fields, such as illustration, graphic and typographic design, painting, drawing and photography.”

#art_buying #marketplace #fine_arts

# PUBLISHING

EMILY FORD (UK)
EMILY FORD (UK)
  • Emily Ford is the Senior Commissioning Editor for leading children’s publisher, Macmillan Children’s Books in London. Macmillan has an impressive list of award-winning books by authors and illustrators from across the globe and also works with brands and licenses. Emily has been commissioning authors and illustrators for Macmillan for over ten years, after working at Harper Collins and Penguin Books. She specialises in full colour, highly illustrated picture books and activity titles, working with established authors and illustrators as well as developing newcomers to the industry. They come from a variety of creative backgrounds, including digital and graphic arts, fine arts, animation, film and TV, all of which keeps the list diverse, dynamic and constantly evolving.

    panmacmillan.com >

“I am looking for exciting new storytelling talent that would translate well to the diverse world of illustrated children’s publishing.”

#illustration #publishing #children_books #comic_books #graphic_novels

* line-up subject to change

Pictoplasma’s new online Community for Contemporary Character Design and Art.

SHOW CHARACTER/

PICTOFOLIO

Pictofolio.com is Pictoplasma’s new online Community for Contemporary Character Design and Art, entering BETA 2.0 for this year’s conference attendees: The registered artists, designers and illustrators of the event are personally invited to share their character creations and projects, tagged by mood, species and style.

Pictofolio enables the attendees to pre-meet new like-minded friends, stay in touch with old ones, hook up regionally, inspire each other, collaborate and show character.

In preparation of the Character Forum, the site will also serve as an advance research tool for attending producers, talent scouts and art buyers to browse the artwork of the showcased talents and make arrangements to meet up during the event for a first encounter.

VISIT   PICTOFOLIO >

VENUE/

 

Villa Elisabeth
Invalidenstr. 3
10115 Berlin-Mitte

The Character Forum takes place at Villa Elisabeth – an impressing heritage building with spacious yet intimate atmosphere. A registration desk on the evening will help match talents with their counterparts, while spontaneous art happenings keep everyone entertained, and all comes together at the central bar…