LIL CRITTER WORKSHOP EXEC DIRECTOR - Walid Omar, GCMA CEO - Adam Ham & LIL CRITTER WORKSHOP Animation Director - Brian Chong
SPP 2015, held on 13th to 15th July 2015 in Seoul, Korea in its 15th year, was organised by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and SBA (Seoul Business Agency) in association with Malaysia’s Global Creative and Media Agency (GCMA). The event attracted approximately 300 serious local (Korean) and international delegates, representing 18 countries, namely Argentina, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain and the United States.
A total of 75 submissions from 16 countries were submitted for the Project Competition, of which ‘Hogie the Globehopper’ by Malaysia’s Lil Critter Workshop won one of top 3 honours. The other 2 awards were snatched up by Korean Animation Studios, namely ‘Wolfdaddy’ of Now or Never for Best Creativity Award and ‘Loco Zoologica’ of Grafizix for Best Technology Award. Out of 20 SPP Finalists, 4 were from Southeast Asia: ‘Pumpkin Reports’ of Young Jump Animation (Malaysia), ‘Abu & Otak’ of Ano Pica Studios (Malaysia), ‘Hogie the Globehopper’ of Lil Critter Workshop (Malaysia) and ‘Miles & Stone’ of Kumata Animation Studio (Indonesia).
Lil Critter Workshop’s winning entry, ‘Hogie the Globehopper’ is about the adventures of Hogie, a curious tree frog and his best friends Bernie the Dragonfly and Lorna the Duck. Their globe-hopping explorations are designed to teach young children aged 2 to 6 years old about cultures, languages, the unique features of various communities around the world and the importance of embracing them as the global neighbours that they are.
Walid Omar, the Executive Director of Lil Critter Workshop said that their winning entry was created with the support from MyCreative Ventures and the government’s MAC3 Fund, “We are very thankful to the Malaysian government for supporting our project despite it being a property that needed a lot of work, and now we are finally able to move on to production. Hence, we are very honoured that the government is promoting Malaysian Creative Industry and opening opportunities for local animation companies to showcase their work to the world.”