Escape From Pirate Asylum named Best In Show at 2019 Asian Animation Summit

Pop Family Entertainment’s new concept Escape From Pirate Asylum was named Best In Show at Kidscreen’s Asian Animation Summit in Seoul overnight.

Now in its eighth year, the Asian Animation Summit is an annual event designed to showcase Asia’s strongest animated projects looking for investors and partners for concepts presented from Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia and Australia.

Escape From Pirate Asylum is the tale of one boy, one orangutan and no way out!  When young boy (and wannabe pirate) Junicus and his haughty Orangutan tutor Lord Claude are wrongfully captured and imprisoned on the world’s most impenetrable island prison, Pirate Asylum, they soon realise it’s no ordinary clink!   Mysteries must be solved if they ever hope to escape alive!  

Co-created by Suren Perera and Thomas Duncan-Watt, and developed with Pop Family Entertainment, the 52 x 11 minute animated comedy series was one of 25 concepts presented to an audience of the world’s major children’s broadcasters and distributors including Disney, Nickelodeon, Netflix, Entertainment One, Zodiac, Wildbrain, CBBC and Turner, with Escape From Pirate Asylum named Best In Show. 

Pop Family Entertainment’s Carmel Travers said: “We were honoured that Escape From Pirate Asylum was selected to be presented at this year’s Asian Animation Summit and grateful for the support of Screen NSW to attend.  To be named Best In Show is a both testament to the calibre of the concept and a reflection of the strong international response to the show.”

Escape from Pirate Asylum’s co-creators Suren Perera and Thomas Duncan-Watt said: “We knew going in that it meant pitching to the best, against the best in the industry, so not only getting into the showcase, but to be named Best In Show with such a calibre of voters is just amazing."

Escape from Pirate Asylum’s presence at the Asian Animation Summit was assisted by a travel grant through Screen NSW.