Klik.tv and Animax Asia Launch Anime Me! Contest

Apr 8th 2010

The ANIME ME! Contest invites people to imagine themselves as a character in an Anime film.

Winning entries will be made into Anime short film.

SINGAPORE – April 7, 2010 –Klik.TV is pleased to announce ANIME ME!, the first-ever creative Anime competition for the general public that invites people to imagine themselves as a character in their own Anime film. The best entries will have their ideas brought to life in 3 Anime Short Films to be produced by Klik.TV, which will be seen by millions of their peers across Asia on the region's first and leading anime and youth entertainment pay-TV channel, Animax. The Animax / Klik.TV ANIME ME! contest is proudly organised by Klik.TV with Animax Asia as the title sponsor and regional broadcast partner.

ANIME ME! is looking for ideas from people that will be inspiring enough to produce into an Anime short film. All applicants have to do is go to the ANIME ME! contest website (http://animeme.klik.tv) and submit a short creative write-up on why and how their life should be made into an Anime show.

With today's Anime spanning every subject, the only limit is one's imagination. Applicants can choose to portray themselves as regular people in real life or even create a fantastic alter-ego of themselves. E.g. if they want to become a superhero; an alien; or an animal – anything goes.

Stories do not have to be fully developed. The judges will select the best original ideas and craft these into scripts for films.

“This contest offers a tremendous opportunity for anyone who enjoys writing, even if they aren't anime fans. We welcome people to go online and share their ideas with us. The aim is to have fun and be creative.” says Galen Yeo, Creative Director of Klik.TV. “This is also a rare opportunity for someone to see themselves or their characters produced into a living breathing anime film.”

THE JUDGES

Entries will be judged by Anime and Manga industry veterans including:

- Marc Handler: Anime writer, story editor, and voice director who has worked on animation and live action feature films and TV episodes for Walt Disney, Columbia/TriStar, Warner Brothers, Universal, Fox, Cartoon Network, Miramax, Sony, Nickelodeon, Tezuka, Toei, Sunrise, ABC, Weinstein Company and Tokyo Pop. www.marchandler.com

- Rita Majkut, Established Writer / Producer of Anime series Digimon: Data Squad; Rave Master; Blue Dragon; Speed Racer X; Zatch Bell and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Rita also hosts her industry blog at www.AnimeinLosAngeles.com

- Rony Neo, Chief Operating Officer of Chuangyi Publishing – Asia's leading publisher and distributor of Manga. www.chuangyi.com.sg

THE PRIZES

3 Grand Prize winners will have their stories turned into a 3 minute short Anime film produced by Klik.TV, and get an insight into what it takes to make their character and story into a living, breathing Anime. Professional scriptwriters and animators will create an “anime makeover” for the story and storyteller.

The winning videos will debut regionally on TV on Animax Asia for one month, and worldwide online on Klik.TV. Additional prizes will be sponsored by Chuangyi Publishing.

SCHEDULE

The submission deadline is May 1 2010

The 3 Winning entries will be announced on May 20 2010

The Anime films will be produced from May to July 2010 and released worldwide in the Fall of 2010.

ABOUT KLIK.TV

Klik.TV (www.klik.tv) is an online entertainment channel for the new generation. Launched in 2009, Klik.TV's mission is to showcase dynamic content across a range of formats including entertainment news; interactive events; live action webisodes; animation and comics. Klik.TV is supported by the Creative Community of Singapore (CCS), a key initiative by the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts.

ABOUT ANIMAX ASIA

Launched 1 January 2004, ANIMAX is Asia's first youth brand specialising in the fastest growing youth entertainment genre – anime; along with youth programming including exclusive original productions, music, technology, gaming and lifestyle shows.

ANIMAX offers youth and young adults a place to escape to. An extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world where they can express their thoughts, communicate their passion and exercise their creativity. A world which celebrates the joy of youth and recognises them for who they are; a world of fun, happiness and excitement… In short, A World Less Ordinary.

Reaching 40 million viewers in 27 million homes across 18 countries, ANIMAX is wholly-owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by SPE Networks – Asia which also operates AXN, AXN BEYOND and SONY ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION. Visit www.animax-asia.com for more.


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