“TeamTO is actively developing new animation software to enhance production quality,” says Guillaume Hellouin, Founder and CEO of TeamTO. He adds that it is also expanding its flagship line-up of original IP animation characters as well as launching mobile games and peripheral products, with great success.

Song of the Sea, an animated film by Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, was nominated for Best Animated Feature at last year’s Academy Awards. The studio’s Managing Director, Gerry Shirren said the company places great emphasis on developing original IP products, and that investing the time required to create a quality production is the main reason for a film’s success.

Bliss Concepts Ltd from Hong Kong and DandeLion Animation Studio from Japan have their sights set on Mainland market opportunities. “The Chinese Mainland animation market is enormous, with huge demand for sustainable animation series,” says Samuel Choy, General Manager of Bliss Concepts Ltd.

Nishikawa Kazuhiro, Direcor of DandeLion Animation Studio adds, “We would study the preferences of the Chinese audience, and add Chinese cultural elements to our animation works, so that even a foreign tale would have its appeal.” Happening simultaneously alongside FILMART, the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) hit a record number of about 350 applications this year. Out of which, 25-30 items will be shortlisted for the HAF 2016 Projects.

Entertainment Expo Hong Kong (EEHK)

Launched in 2005, the EEHK attracts leading players in the Asian entertainment industry- running from 14 March through 4 April. The 12th edition of the EEHK kicked off on 14 March with attending guests including Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Hong Kong SAR Government; Margaret Fong, Executive Director, HKTDC; Terry Lai, Chairman, HKTDC Entertainment Industry Advisory Committee; and Leon Lai, Ambassador, Hong Kong Entertainment.

“The Expo is a diversified platform. It hosts trade exhibitions, serves as a film-financing marketplace, and stages various conferences and business sessions for industry players. It also encourages participation from the public in music and film festivals, and a star-dusted award presentation ceremony to honour outstanding achievements in the industry,” says Peggie Liu, Senior Service Promotion Manager, HKTDC.

She adds, “After a decade of effort and contribution from different organisers of the various events, the expo has promoted steady development of the entertainment industry and become a diverse worldclass business platform for industry players from around the world. The expo has become an annual mega event, attracting entertainment industry players all over the world to come to Hong Kong.”