Kidscreen is thrilled to announce that the eighth-annual Asian Animation Summit will take place in Seoul, South Korea once again from 20 to 22 November. It is anticipated that roughly 250 attendees will take part in AAS 2019. Over the course of the three-day event, up to 30 projects from Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, China, New Zealand and elsewhere in Asia-Pacific that are new to the market and looking for financing and partners will be presented. ‘AND NEW THIS YEAR’ is a co-development initiative to help earlier-stage projects take their next creative steps more successfully. Day one and two at AAS 2019 will kick off with a curated series of these short presentations featuring projects looking for like-minded development partners in the region. Roughly 50 per cent of projects that debuted at past AAS events have since gone into production, including such well-known series as Bluey (2017), Balloon Barnyard (2014), Kuu Kuu Harajuku (2013), Bottersnikes & Gumbles (2012), Oddbods (2012) and Origanimals (2012). A full 88 per cent of producers who have presented projects at AAS report that they met critical broadcast and financing partners at the event. And 95 per cent of them said attending AAS has helped them establish important relationships with international producers. AAS is owned and produced by Kidscreen, with support from hosting partner KOCCA (Korea); and presenting and supporting partners BEKRAF (Indonesia), MDEC (Malaysia), Create NSW and Screen Queensland (Australia), DITP (Thailand), ASIFA China and Create Wellington (New Zealand).