June 2018

Summer interns

We're happy to welcome our two summer interns all the way from Hong Kong Baptist University. Here's what they say about working at Valley Moon.

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Jenny



"I am very glad that I have the chance to grab this very last chance to be an intern in Valley Moon before I officially graduate from university and step into the society. Valley Moon has given me so many opportunities to try something that I have never experienced before, for example going to inspiring talk and talking with amazing people, as well as getting involved in projects, these help equipped me to be ready in entering to the industry. This is absolutely a once in a lifetime experience."

Mara




"I’m so grateful for my internship in London and thank you for giving me the opportunity to be one of the Valley Moon girl in this 2 months. I’ve met some amazing people it has helped me grow, both professionally and personally and learn the film industry. This has definitely been an experience I will never forget."

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Annecy 2018

It was great to see our friends from FilmUA, Cartoon Saloon, Animortal and MacKinnon and Saunders at Annecy International Festival of Animation 2018. 
We were also happy to see such a huge presence of Chinese Animation studios at the China Pavilion. 
We met lots of new friends and are excited to work with some of them in the future!


May 2018

CAnnes Film festival 2018

We were thrilled to be at Cannes Film Festival again this year, meeting friends from all around the world such as Axin from China Nebula Group and our film UA friends who where there with Mavka, as well as new friends and contacts. 


THE BREADWINNER UK release

The Breadwinner came out in the UK on the 25th May! We were delighted to attend a full-house Q&A screening with Nora presenting the film. The audience response was phenomenal. We've also been spotting The Breadwinner posters everywhere around London , including Stylist magazine, Time Out Magazine, and amazing 5 Star reviews in the Evening Standard.
Also, don't miss the beautiful exhibition of The Breadwinner artwork on the -2 floor of Curzon Soho! 


APRIL

Nora Twomey in China

April was a big month for Valley Moon! Jane and Axin (China Nebula Group)  welcomed Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon into Beijing for the Chinese premiere of The Breadwinner at Beijing Film Festival at the Chinese Film Archive, which was a sold-out screening with a wonderful Q&A after.
The Embassy of Ireland in China also hosted a big reception at Beijing Film Festival with lots of VIPs, and Nora was whisked around attending many lectures, panels and interviews.
We also went to Shanghai and Hangzhou for CICAF (China International Cartoon and Animation Festival) and there was a great article in the China Daily written about Nora linked here


March

Territory

 

March brings two exciting releases that Territory has been working their UI and VFX magic on. 

We also would like to congratulate Territory with their involvement with Blade Runner 2049 as the motion picture won, among others,  two Academy Awards as well as two BAFTA Awards. Ready Player One, which also features the works of Territory, has been released, and has happily gathered numerous stellar reviews. 

As for The Breadwinner, their continue to swoop prizes from left and right, they might have not gotten their hands on an Oscar - although they were nominated, however they swooped the Canadian Film awards, winning in four categories: Best Adapted Screenplay, Achievement in Music for the Original Score and Original Song, and Achievement in Sound Editing. We are very proud of all the the Breadwinner Team. March has indeed been a exciting month for us!

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018

CHINESE NEW YEAR

The Breadwinner's China Marketing is well underway and just in time for Chinese New Year.

We at Valley Moon wish you all a successful Year of the Dog!
 

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January 2018

Cartoon Saloon Awards Season

January has been an amazing start to the year for our client Cartoon Saloon and their newest feature "The Breadwinner", with a nomination for Best Animated feature in both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.

They have also had six nominations for the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Original Score, Best original Song ,Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, and Best Editing.

LA Film Critics have also awarded The Breadwinner Best Animated Feature

The Breadwinner is also nominated for 10 awards at the 45th Annual Annie Awards including Best Animated Independent Feature.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association has also nominated The Breadwinner for Best Animated Feature.

The Breadwinner currently has a 93% Rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

We would like to congratulate Nora Twomey, Angelina Jolie and the rest of Cartoon Saloon and wish them the best of luck in the awards season. 


December

Axin

We were so happy to have a visit from one of our partners Axin (China Nebula) to London. We took her to meet some of our friends and family of Valley Moon.

 

Merry Christmas to you all and we will you a successful 2018!


Triple Threat Showcase

Was so good to be invited to the Triple Threat Showcase at BAFTA with the three awesome shorts "Dead End" by Bryan Larkin, "Kowloon Killers" by Leif Johnson and "Express Delivery" by Beau Fowler. These three guys are definitely ones to watch! 


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5th China britain film festival award ceremony

It's always a pleasure to be at the China Britain Film Festival award ceremonies to celebrate the talent in the Film Industry across both territories. Congratulations to all the winners!


October


Pikkuli

We were so happy to have bumped into our lovely Finnish friends Metsämarja Aittokoski from Pikkuli! Hope you're having a nice time in London!


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Puffin Rock in China

As Cartoon Saloon's China consultant, we are proud to say that the Emmy-nominated Puffin Rock has been a huge success on China's Tencent platform with one episode attracting 50 million views! 


Brand Licensing Expo 2017

It was so much fun to be at the Brand Licencing Expo for the third year, and this year was better than ever! 

We spotted some of our favourite friends!


BFI Future Films

We were thrilled to be at the BFI Future Films "SOUND" event. We learnt so much especially from Marc Price's fascinating presentation about Sound Mixing and Design. Was great to meet so many enthusiastic film makers. Can't wait for the next one!


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BladeRunner 2049

Congratulations to Territory for their VFX and on-screen graphic work on Bladerunner 2049, which opened to raving five-star reviews, hailing it as the best film of the century. 


The Breadwinner

Congratulations to Nora Twomey and Cartoon Saloon on their Premiere of The Breadwinner. With the world premiere starting in Toronto Film Festival and then onto the BFI London Film Festival for the European Premiere which we were honoured to be invited to.
The theatre was packed as we sat down to watch an emotional, poignant film with great moments of humour. The audience all around us were sniffing and wiping away tears. We were thrilled to see a Special Thanks credit to Jane and Valley Moon! Thank you so much!
There was a short Q&A with Nora and Saara Chaudry, the hugely talented young actress who plays the lead Parvana.

Afterwards, we celebrated with the wonderful team at the afterparty! We can't wait until it hits the cinemas next year!


SEPTEMBER

Fighting Spirit Film Festival 2017

We went to the 2017 Fighting Spirit Film Festival for the European Premiere of Foxy at the Boleyn Theatre London.
It was met with huge enthusiasm, especially from the little ones in the audience


Think Asia: Think Hong Kong

 

We were honoured to be invited to the Think Asia: Think Hong Kong conference outside the Queen Elizabeth II Tower in Westminster. It was great to learn about doing business with Hong Kong and to meet and listen to such inspiring business men and women. 


August

Order of Kings

We are pleased to announce that our trip to China with Ben Lloyd Holmes, producer of Order of Kings to meet with China Nebula was a huge success. The contract for Chinese Distribution of the Knights of the Damned trilogy was signed, and we can't wait to watch it at the end of next month! 


Bad Match

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We were honoured to announce that we were invited to London Fright Fest's European premier of Bad Match by Boulderlight pictures, whom we are also facilitating the Chinese Distribution for on behalf of Chinese Nebula.


JULY

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We are sad to say goodbye to our Intern Alkie who has flown back to Hong Kong for the start of her new semester. However, we are thrilled to officially invite Giulia onto our team! 


June

 

A Warm Welcome to our new member

Valley Moon is becoming bigger and bigger now! Not only Alkie from Hong Kong has joined our family, another intern Giulia from Italy, currently studying at SOAS University of London, became a member of family as well! Let's see how she feel about her time in Valley Moon!

"After my short 2-week microplacement here ended, I knew that I had to come back - and here I am! My supervisors and colleagues are amiable and caring, and despite my personal lack of knowledge and experience in the field, I am treated as an equal and assigned tasks that both challenge and develop me as a person. Working at Valley Moon is a constant adventure and learning-process and an excellent opportunity for me and my future career planning. It's great to be back!"


 

New member of our big family

Valley Moon now has a new member, Alkie, our new intern who is from Hong Kong Baptist University. Our whole team welcomes Alkie to join our big family! Let’s check out how Alkie feel about her internship at Valley Moon.

“It is my pleasure to work in Valley Moon and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to be the intern in this company. My supervisors Jane, Ruby and Linda and other coworkers are very nice to me. Apart from this, I have gained many real working experiences here and I got a lot of chances to engage in various events or projects. I believe that the skills and knowledge that I have learnt will be beneficial to me forever! Also, I really appreciate their help and support to me in these two weeks. I hope that I can contribute more to Valley Moon during the rest of my internship.”


 

Shanghai Film Festival Winners

Click the link above to see a list of the winners for the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival


 

Cartoon Saloon China Contract

We are excited to announce that we have helped Cartoon Saloon's "Puffin Rock" and "The Breadwinner" sign a contract with China.

This month we have been hosting two lovely marketing interns Meng Xin and Alkie who have been bringing some fresh eyes to the Valley Moon family. 


MAY
MAY 26, 2017

It was a privilege to be invited to the 70th Festival de Cannes.
Valley Moon were busy attending conferences in the Chinese Pavillion, meetings with Production houses in the Marche du Film, industry events and parties.
It's always great to meet talented professionals from all around the world and we look forward to working with them.


MARCH
APRIL 5, 2017

The highlight of March was being invited to attend the celebration of the 45th anniversary of UK China relations at Lancaster House.
A toast to the next 450 years!