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International Animation Speakers come to Edinburgh for MOVE Summit 2019

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The MOVE Summit 2019 will be held on 20th, 21st & 22nd February 2019 in association with Axis Studios.

MOVE 19 will include local and global animation speakers, featuring leading Scottish animation and VFX studio, Axis and international studio Pixar, USA; Smith and Foulkes, Nexus Studios, London; and leading international animation school, Gobelins presenting at Emerging Talent Day as well as at MOVE Industry days.

MOVE Summit has grown year on year to sold out audiences. The inaugural year 2017 was attended by 240 delegates over the course of one day. In 2018 the audience doubled to 480, over two days, three venues, with four times the content. Building on that success, MOVE 19 will be the biggest yet – with capacity for 750 over three days, with day one dedicated to Emerging Talent sponsored by and held at Whitespace, and two days dedicated to Industry, sponsored by Axis Studios, taking over the entire Pleasance Courtyard – MOVE 19 is an exciting industry event not to be missed.

MOVE Summit has been Scotland’s premiere animation gathering since 2017 delivering keynote speakers from international studios, demos from leading software experts, workshops, panels, creative reviews  and exhibition as well as fun evening networking activities at MOVE Late. MOVE brings together animation industry leaders, practitioners and students, from 2D and 3D animation, VR/AR, VFX, motion graphics, design and games; joined by creative educators and industry support agencies, to create a community led, dynamic and accessible event for the entire industry.

Noah Klocek, Production Designer, Pixar Animation Studios said:

I couldn’t be more thrilled about being invited to take part in the MOVE Summit. It’s exciting to be part of an event with such a passion for and commitment to the future of animation in Scotland and around the world. I look forward to learning just as much as sharing with all the amazing folks coming together for this wonderful event’

MOVE Summit founder, Tom Bryant of Interference Pattern, said:

With MOVE Summit now going into its third year we have been thrilled to see it grow so much in such a short space of time. We founded MOVE because we wanted to bring the community together to listen, talk, debate and celebrate the vibrant and thriving animation and VFX sectors. The event’s popularity validates these aims and highlights the need for such focal-point industry events. I’m thrilled that MOVE Summit has grown to fill this gap in the Scottish sector and will hopefully continue to grow to become one of the must-attend animation and VFX events in the UK calendar.

This year we have expanded again and are now in a larger venue, giving us the space to extend our reach into more areas where the animation skillset is in demand; from animated feature films and seamless visual effects to real time interactive experiences, games and immersive visualisations to motion graphics.

NESTA recently said that the skills of animators will be in growing demand over the coming years and we hope that MOVE can be a valued part of the industry ecosystem with it’s Emerging Talent strand; giving students unprecedented access to industry professionals and practices. With the support of leading Scottish studio Axis, the team here at Interference Pattern and co-organisers Stampede, MOVE19 can bring the widest reaches of the animation community together to celebrate their creativity, nurture talent and encourage commercial development.

Caroline Parkinson, Director of MOVE Summit 2019, said:

I’m excited to help the MOVE team deliver its biggest Summit yet. At its heart, MOVE is all about building an enterprising and connected animation community that develops stronger commercial connections throughout Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Jonathan Mortimer, Education Curator said;

The MOVE Summit presents an incredible opportunity for students, recent graduates and professionals, to learn more and gain greater awareness of the local industry and the wider sector, which reaches across the world of Animation & VFX.

Our goal each year is to enrich the student experience of Animation/VFX in Scotland; by providing a diverse gathering of local and international talent, panel discussions, Creative Challenges and portfolio reviews from industry professionals.

There is no animation industry without talented and inspired individuals.

Alberto Valverde, Creative Europe said:

It’s great to see how MOVE Summit keeps growing as a key date in the calendar for the Scottish animation sector. Creative Europe Desk UK has increasingly supported the conference and we are happy to see an extended programme focussed on skills development and emerging talent for this year’s edition. With France being an example of successful networks and links between schools, festivals, studios and broadcasters, we’re excited to support the strong presence of world class French and European professionals coming to Edinburgh to take part in MOVE 19.


MOVE 19 will be held on 20-22 February 2019:

  • 20th – Emerging Talent day at Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, Edinburgh.
  • 21st and 22nd – MOVE Summit – Industry days at Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, Edinburgh.

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