Attention geeks and enthusiastic people watchers, the China International Animation Game Expo returned for its 7th time in Shanghai yesterday!
Set to run for only 5 days and being held at the China expo pavillion, “China’s only large-scale animation and Internet gaming show” will be an event not worth missing.
Among other events, the main attraction at this year’s CCG is said to be the national cosplay competition.
One of Asia’s favorite past times, cosplay involves men and women dressing up as their favorite video game/manga/movie characters. To get a taste of what this might look like, here are pictures from last year’s Chinajoy event.
The CCG is expected to have over 280 exhibitors this year and is set to be the biggest yet.
However this success has not quelled China’s animation community cries of concern.
“According to a report from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China produced more than 220,000 minutes of animation last year, making the country the world’s leading animation producer ahead of Japan. However, in terms of artistry and originality, only a few Chinese cartoon productions are impressive and influential, industry experts said.”
But don’t worry Chinese anime enthusiasts, the government is here!
“China will enhance policy support to boost development of the industry, officials have said. The government will add a national animation award to its current awards categories….Every three years, 30 excellent animation projects and animators will be honored….Chinese animation studios and companies with a registered capital of more than 800,000 yuan are also likely to get tax exemptions when importing overseas animated films and comics used in research.”
Tickets for the CCG are RMB 50 (weekday), RMB 70 (weekend)
Call for tickets: + 86 21 400 610 3721
Official CCG website: www.intl-cg.com
Shanghaiist will be taking a field trip to the expo so expect a full rundown and review soon!
By Patrick Keefe