The Asian Festival of Children’s Content is 1 week away! And I’m looking forward to it on several levels.
As an author, it’s my big book-candystore outing where I get to meet a diverse group of children’s content creators and buy an array of books from the Festival Bookstore and collect autographs on the spot.
As a stay-home mum to my preschooler, it’s my annual 1-week childcare leave ie. I get to leave my child with various family members for 7 full days where I can indulge in adult conversation!
This is my final shout-out for AFCC where you can still sign up for a Full-Day or Full-Festival Pass!
Final Kid Portion Highlights:
1) AFCC ‘s country of focus this year: CHINA
After 30 years of development, China has achieved its unprecedented golden era in children’s publishing trade. In 2014, the China market has shown a 10% growth; this anticipates it will continue to rise in the next ten years. In all various picture book markets, China possesses the largest growth among countries.
A delegation of Chinese authors, illustrators and publishers will be at AFCC on 4th and 5th June as well as hold an exhibition at the Central Library Exhibition Area.
AFCC 2015’s Guest Illustrator is Cai Gao, once named China’s most outstanding children’s artist.
More on the China programme of events at AFCC’s Country of Focus Page.
2) Media Summit
As content creation in today’s marketplace is going 360 degrees strategy-wise, AFCC will also have a 1-day Media Summit, with speakers whose profile includes producers, television/film executives, commissioning editors, screenwriters, authors, publishers, app developers, animators, filmmakers and content creators.
Storytelling from an App
“Storytelling from an App” will see our panellists discuss more about augmented reality, book markets for story apps, “real” and “fictional” worlds, and the future of story apps!
Eric Huang, Development Director at Made in Me, an award-winning company in London, was previously the Managing Editor at Penguin in Melbourne, a Publisher at Funtastic, and Head of Licensing at Parragon Books in the UK.
Shirin Yim Bridges, Head Goose of Goosebottom Books, Gosling Press, is an Ezra Jack Keats award-winner for her first book, Ruby’s Wish, The Umbrella Queen made TIME magazine’s Top 10 list for 2008, and she is also publisher of Booklist Top 10 Nonfiction Series Dastardly Dames.
Saad Chinoy, Chief Geek, Tusitala (RLS) Pte Ltd.) is charged with Technology for Tusitala, where he’s been developing a digital publishing platform that leverages mobile devices to create unique user experiences.
Connecting with Children through Transmedia Storytelling
“Connecting with Children through Transmedia Storytelling” will see UK producer Alison Norrington (Founder of Storycentral) highlighting examples from animation, broadcast and blockbuster movies, and telling us more about children’s consuming stories and transmedia storyworlds that resonate with them.
Unleash Your Potential with Online Platforms
Finally, I will be on a closing panel for the AFCC “Unleash Your Potential with Online Platforms” with three other panellists (creators and participants) behind NaNoWriMo, 52-Week Illustration Challenge, 24-Hour Comics Day, and the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge – discussing how online challenges push illustrators and authors to discover their maximum potential.
So, here’s my final goodie bag offering:
Share this final post on Facebook or your Blog and stand a chance to win an autographed complete 4-book set of my Toy Titles FREE! For postage reasons, this is open to participants living in Singapore only.
Closing Date is Fri 29th May so share away now!
Also check out AFCC’s programme offerings here.
Earlier AFCC Kid Portion posts: