Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF), March 18 - 21

This came in today via the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ANIME FAIR 2009 (TAF) Tokyo Big Sight (March 18-21) Be a part of the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2009 to be held from March 18-21, 2009. This is your opportunity to network with close to 300 companies from Japan’s dynamic animation industry. Take advantage of the Canadian Booth at TAF 2009 to demonstrate your company’s creative products and services in one of the world’s hottest animation markets! The Tokyo Anime Fair (TAF), a four day annual event launched in 2002 is a high profile animation event opened to both trade (first two days) and the general public (last two days). Last year, 289 companies - including 79 from abroad participated in the event which drew more than 120,000 people including more than 20,000 trade visitors during the two business days. When it comes to visitors, the event is also known to draw buyers from a number of countries such as China, Korea and Taiwan. For companies in the animation production field or the animation technology or services sector, TAF presents an excellent opportunity to meet important players from the Animation world, including broadcasters, animation production firms or distributors. For more details on the TAF, please see the official Tokyo Anime Fair Website at http://www.tokyoanime.jp/en/ . This year, the Embassy has secured space for a small scale Canada booth (18 m2) at the venue. This limited space will comprise a reception desk, a meeting area and an audiovisual corner. Some wall space may also be available for the use of posters. We invite Canadian companies interested in promoting themselves to a Japanese and Asian audience to join us to display and use their promotional and audiovisual material. Canadian companies already scheduled to attend the event, or interested in doing so, are welcome to use the Canada booth as their base during the four day event as delegates. This will provide participants with an opportunity to reach out to an audience of contacts from the Japanese animation industry. If unable to attend TAF, companies are welcome to send us promotional or audio-visual material for display on their behalf. As a participating delegate (CDN $250 participation fee), you will have: - exhibitor status (but no booth) at the Canada booth; - an exhibitor pass; - access to a common space at the Canada booth; - an opportunity to present your brochures at the booth, and to have your audio-visual material presented; For those companies interested in joining us, we would ask that you advise us of your participation no later than this Friday, Feb. 21. Once confirmation of your participation is received, we will provide you with more detailed instructions concerning payment of the participation fee. Contact: Pierre Delorme Trade Commissioner Embassy of Canada 7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8503, Japan Tel: (+ 81-3) 5412-6232 Fax: (+81-3) 5412- 6250 email: pierre.delorme@international.gc.ca

This would be great to go to.
I'm curious if the readership has ever taken advantage of these types of events or trade missions. I know how beneficial they have been in other times and other industries. When India opened up as a destination for service work, these kinds of opportunities lead to a lot of work between Canadian companies and studios over there. Now, Japan is obviously a very different market, but do you think having a poster up of your latest creation could net some interest? As always, any input and feedback is welcome.
I'm not an anime guy, but I still think this would be a gas.

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