The children’s media industry is changing rapidly. We can’t predict the future, but we can analyse and act on all developments, and take a critical look at current trends. And most importantly we can get to know the audience - media savvy children that always seem to be one step ahead. That’s exactly what we will be doing at Cinekid for Professionals 2015.

The Future is Now!

Children are completely immersed in media. As we’ve seen over the past decade future trends become the new reality within a very short period of time. How to remain relevant, and how to prepare for change within finance, content and execution, is much debated. The speed at which children’s media consumption patterns are changing, and how the latest technological developments unfold on all levels, makes this a highly urgent and important topic for examination and debate during the Cinekid for Professionals Conference.

However, we also want to offer a sober assessment of all the latest developments in the field. Is VR going to be the basis of the new popular gaming console - or indeed of our future cinematic experience? Popular platforms such as YouTube and Netflix are constantly evolving, but which way are they heading? Is traditional linear TV really dying? What must national broadcasters do to remain relevant in the face of new and emerging global trends? What are the innovations that will impact current and future audiovisual works and how can we successfully embrace these?


Tools for the future now

Professionals who don’t keep up with today’s developments, such as contemporary transmedia practices, will be lost in the face of tomorrow’s new developments. To strengthen the audiovisual industry it is essential therefore that we continually share knowledge and keep our sector professionals well informed and updated, and to encourage open-minded and realistic awareness of possibilities and demands. The latest developments require acute adjustments to the traditional methods of production and distribution on a creative, financial and executive level. The CfP conference & seminar programme will provide the ammunition to help professionals within the children’s media industry remain robust, well-informed and competitive.

Save the date!

Cinekid for Professionals takes place from 19 – 23 October in Amsterdam. Some important events to underline in your calendar:

Wednesday 21 October: Professionals Conference
Leading conference researchers, innovative A/V companies and emerging players within the children’s media industry provide us with insights and practical tools to adapt to the changing industry during this full day conference.

Thursday 22 October: Media Literacy Seminar
In this afternoon seminar we will address future developments in media literacy, such as immersive learning, game-based learning and peer-to-peer engagement and rights issues.

Thursday 22 October: Cinekid MediaLab Academy: Technological Imaginary Masterclasses
Get your hands dirty with leading new media experts, and experience artistic research practice first-hand within multidisciplinary teams. Read more about the masterclasses here.

More information about the programme, speakers, tickets and practical information will be available shortly.