As the World Health Organization declares COVID-19 officially a pandemic, several more events in the kids industry have taken a hit. Animation Dingle (pictured) has been cancelled, and Cartoon Media’s Cartoon Business event and Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards have been postponed.
After the US banned all travelers from Europe and schools closed in Ireland, Animation Dingle has decided to cancel this year’s event scheduled to take place on March 20 and 21. The annual conference, screening and workshop showcase is in its eighth year in Dingle, Ireland. All tickets will be refunded, but the Animation Dingle Student Awards and the Young Animator of the Year award will still take place as a closed door event, broadcast on March 20 at 8pm GMT, details will follow at a later date, according to a statement from the organizers.
“Obviously everyone involved in the organization of Animation Dingle are deeply disappointed, but we look forward to welcoming you to an even bigger, better festival next year,” says a spokesperson for the event.
Cartoon Business, set for March 24 to 26 in Gran Canaria, Spain, has been moved to December 9 to 11, 2020 in the same location, according to the event’s website. Led by the organizers of Cartoon Forum and Cartoon Movie, the seminar style event focuses on a financing and revenue models.
Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards were scheduled to take place on March 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, and are being postponed, “in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show,” says a Nick spokesperson. No information has been announced about when the show will be moved to.
The postponements come after a difficult couple of weeks for the kids industry: Reed MIDEM decided last week to cancel MIPTV 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. The event was scheduled to take place from March 30 to April 2 and will return April 12 to 15, 2021.
Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which was scheduled for March has been bumped to May. And as Italy closes its borders, Italian pubcaster Rai has launched a new kids programming block on Rai2 and launching new content on its other kids channels.