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LIAF 2021: UK Animation Industry Event Session 4: Funding and where to find it

December 4, 2021
5:00 pm
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LIAF 2021: UK Animation Industry Event Session 4: Funding and where to find itLIAF presents the 2021 UK Animation Industry Event – six panels giving insider access to some of the hottest topics of the year. We’ve gathered together some of the most passionate, honest and insightful experts from a wide range of different areas and backgrounds who are ready to cover all manner of vital topics to give you much food for thought.

Animation doesn’t stand still; and debates and discussions with animators and creative experts are the best way to get in touch with what’s happening, whether it’s a look into the minds of some of the most creative forces making music videos in the 2020’s, the advance of games engines, teaching kids with animation, how to get more people with disabilities into animation roles, current UK funding opportunities and a deep dive into the technology behind the Netflix series ‘Love, Death and Robots’.

For anyone currently working in the film and animation industry, thinking of working in the industry or just plain curious, these six talks are indispensable.

The panels will be chaired by Saint John Walker, Deputy Dean/Director at Escape Studios and Julian Scott, animation consultant at Film London.

LIAF 2021: UK Animation Industry Event Session 4: Funding and where to find it.

FL-funding-sessionFinding the money to develop and produce animated projects can be hard.  The same can be said for getting out to markets and conferences to raise production finance and market your IP.  But there is money available if you know where to look and who to talk to and the application process is less daunting than many imagine.  Couple that with the UK’s very efficient and user-friendly animation tax credit system and the funding possibilities start to open up.

Join us to hear from the funders themselves, networks and experts on the tax credit system, what’s available, who to talk to and how to apply.

Chaired by Julian Scott, Animation Consultant at Film London


Chair: Julian Scott – Animation Consultant at Film London

julian-scottJulian Scott is a BAFTA-nominated Executive Producer. He has been developing, financing and co-producing feature films and television in the international arena for over 25 years. As animation consultant for Film London, his focus is on generating inward investment for London’s animation studios, by finding partners outside the UK seeking creative and financial soulmates and advising on the UK animation tax credits. Other areas of his work include tackling skills and creative gaps in the animation industry and lobbying to get proper recognition for animation in the UK creative sector and advising studios on business and creative development.

Andrew Baker – CEO of Cantilever Media

Andrew BakerAndrew Baker is CEO of Cantilever Media and an award winning Producer and Executive Producer. Andrew is currently in production on a CGI animated family feature based on Terry Pratchett’s award winning book “The Amazing Maurice”. Andrew co-founded Kidscave Entertainment in 2014 which developed, funded and produced ‘Robozuna’, a Netflix Original and CITV co commission with ITV Global. In 2018 Andrew founded Cantilever Media to produce animated and live action children’s and family projects in both film and television as well as documentary features. Andrew consults for New York Media Law Firm SmithDehn and was previously founder of the UK’s largest business affairs consultancy Rights TV, and Head of Business Affairs at ITVKids.

Anna Mansi – Head of Certification

Anna MansiAs Head of Certification, Anna works closely with key stakeholders in government and across the Screen Sectors to provide advice and guidance on the application processes for all of the cultural tests, co-production treaties and policies relating to all of the Creative Sector tax reliefs for film, High-end, Animation Television, Children’s Television and Video Games. Anna regularly speaks on panels at conferences and events to promote the tax reliefs such as the Children’s Media Conference, the Develop Games conference and many others. In addition Anna has organised BFI led seminars and events for all the Screen Sectors. She is in the GI Biz 100 women in the UK Games Industry and Anna is a trustee for the Video Games industry’s charity ‘Games Aid’ and an ambassador for AutisticaPlay the video games arm of the charity Autistica. She is also a Patron for Safe in Our World, the video games industry mental health charity.

Annabel Grundy – UK Global Screen Fund Manager

Annabel GrundyAnnabel is the UK Global Screen Fund Project Manager, having joined the BFI in March 2021 from a role overseeing UK-wide major programmes for BFI Film Audience Network, growing audiences for independent cinema through expanded film programmes and large scale events. Working in film since 2002, her past experience spans audience development, film festival production and cinema exhibition in the UK and Australia as well as working with BFI, British Council, UK Film Council and Screen Skills in a variety of sector development and funder roles. As project manager for UKGSF she works across all open funding strands, assessing financial viability of projects, and ensuring the fund meets its commitments to the UK screen industry and government.

Our Funding Partners

Arts Council England
With Special Thanks to the Arts Council England


Film London, Film Hub London, BFI FAN, National Lottery

Event supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.