Illustrators Survival Corner

The Illustrators Survival Corner ( Online Event ) is a programme exclusively designed for illustrators, picture book editors and anyone professionally interested in the fascinating world of illustrated children’s books.

After three buoyant editions, the CCBF Illustrators Survival Corner has established itself as the meeting point for emerging illustrators and picture book professionals who wish to enhance their career perspectives with technical and professional knowledge. Co-organised with Milan-based illustration school Mimaster in collaboration with the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the Corner has brought together 1,500 participants around over 45 events, which included masterclasses, portfolio reviews and workshops.

A few days, after the closure of CCBF, the Illustrators Survival Corner is continuing in a digital form, with a special event —Destination China! — a two-day online event focused on the best practices for non-Chinese illustrators to approach the Chinese publishing market.

On 27 November, a publisher, an agent and an artist from China will join you in a masterclass to talk about the publishing trends inthe local illustration market; they will also give you tips on how to present a portfolio or a book project and how to introduce yourself as a professional in China. ( This event will be streamed on the CCBF official facebook. )

As a complement to the masterclass, a series of online portfolio reviews will be held on 30 November. Four Chinese publishers will evaluate your artworks to provide you with professional suggestions and reply all your questions about Chinese picturebook and illustration market.

Event programme
( all times are indicated according to the Beijing time zone )

Masterclass: Destination China! Find Your Way to the Chinese Publishing Market*
Friday 27 November 16.00–17.00 (Beijing time)

Speakers:
Huang Xiaoyan, Founder and CEO, Everafter Books
Jin Xiaojing, Illustrator; Art Director, Beidou Publishing House
Sara Wang, CEO, Sìdee Cultural Communication
* Online masterclass is held in English

Subscriptions to the masterclass are closed but you can follow the event live streaming:

Destination China Online Portfolio Reviews
Monday 30 November

13:00-14:00: Yan Xiaoli, Editor-in-Chief, Dandelion Children’s Book House
* Consecutive interpretation in English and Chinese

14:20-15:20: Li Xin, CEO, Thinkingdom Children’s Book International
* Consecutive interpretation in English and Chinese

15:40-16:40: Sara Wang, CEO, Sìdee Cultural Communication
* Session held in English

17:00-18:00: Huang Xiaoyan, Founder and CEO, Everafter Books
* Session held in English

All the Destination China Online Portfolio Reviews are fully booked !

Nov 13 2020
10:00 11:30

Illustrators Survival Corner

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)

Reviewers:
Liu Li (China), Art Director, Dolphin Media
Luo Xiting (China), Art Director and Picture Book Editor, Daylight Publishing
George Sun (China), Deputy General Manager, Ronshin Group; Editor-in-Chief, Lelequ Children's Books

* Event in Chinese only

11:45 13:15

Illustrators Survival Corner

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)

Reviewers:
XuJie (China), Director, Picture Book Editorial Department, Yingtong (Imprint of Zhejiang Juvenile and Children’s Publishing)
Yan Xiaoli(China), Editor-in-Chief, Dandelion Children’s Book House
Zhang Yue (China), Editor-in-Chief, Hsin-Yi Children's Culture Development

* Event in Chinese only

13:30 14:45

Illustrators Survival Corner

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)

Reviewers:
Chen Hui (China), Chinese Language and Literature Professor; Director, Research Centre on Picture Books, Beijing Normal University
Jiu’er (China), Illustrator and Picture Book Author
Shang Fei (China), Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Postwave

* Event in Chinese only

15:00 16:30

Illustrators Survival Corner

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)

Reviewers:
Hu Yue(China),Picture Book Editorial Supervisor & Liu Ying (China), AoyoumaoPicture Book Chief Editor; Ronshin Group
Yang Yining (China), Children’s Reading Main Editor & Wang Xuang (China), Editor; Guangxi Normal University Press (Shanghai Branch)
Yu Lu (China), Senior Editor, Jieli Publishing House

* Event in Chinese only

15:00 16:30

Illustrators Survival Corner

MASTERCLASSES : Picture Books, Non-fiction Books, Art installation, Toys, Fashion, and a Thousand Other Ways to Float between Artistic Vocation and the Market Demand

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)
Nov 14 2020
10:00 11:30

Illustrators Survival Corner

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)

Reviewers:
Li Bo (China), Editor-in-Chief, Beijing Poplar Culture Project
Qin Yinzhi (China), Art Director, Design Department Deputy Director, China Welfare Institute Publishing House
Yu Hongcheng (China), Illustrator

* Event in Chinese only

11:45 13:15

Illustrators Survival Corner

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)

Reviewers:
Gu Dong (China), Freelance Illustrator
Li Aixia (China), Founder, Shanghai Children's Picture Book Research Centre, Shanghai Printing and Publishing College
Zuo Wei (China), Picture Book Author

* Event in Chinese only

13:30 14:45

Illustrators Survival Corner

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)

Reviewers:
Gui Tuzi (China), Picture Book Author, Illustrator
Hu Jie (China), Art Director, Fox Family Education & Technology
Wang Feifei (China), Deputy Editor-in-Chief, CITIC Press Group

* Event in Chinese only

14:45 16:15

Illustrators Survival Corner

MASTERCLASSES : The Illustrators Survival Guide: How it's Made, by Mimaster

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)

Speakers:
Giacomo Benelli (Italy), Coordinator, Mimaster Illustrazione, Milan
Ivan Canu (Italy), Illustrator, Writer and Director, Mimaster Illustrazione, Milan

* Consecutive translation in English and Chinese

* International speakers will be connected to the venue through online channels

15:00 16:30

Illustrators Survival Corner

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)

Reviewers:
Li Xin (China), CEO, Thinkingdom Children’s Book International
Miao Hui (China), Chief Brand Officer, Xinron Kids
Yang Le (China), Editor, Duku Cultural Exchange

* Event in Chinese only

16:15 16:45

Illustrators Survival Corner

MASTERCLASSES : 2020 Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition: Award Winners Announcement

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)
Nov 15 2020
10:00 11:30

Illustrators Survival Corner

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)

Reviewers:
Fei Jia (China), Former Senior Artistic Editor, Shanghai Juvenile and Children's Publishing House
Huang Li (China), Illustrator; General Manager, Taiyangwa Design Studio
Wu Peng (China), Freelance Illustrator, Picture Book Artist

* Event in Chinese only

11:30 12:45

Illustrators Survival Corner

MASTERCLASSES : Tools for a Good Creative Bath: Soap, Pencil and a Piece of Paper!

Illustrators Survival Corner (Copyright Zone)

Speaker:
Guilherme Karsten (Brazil), Illustrator
Xue Zhidan (China), Deputy General Manager and Marketing Director, Magic Elephant

* Consecutive translation in English and Chinese

* International speakers will be connected to the venue through online channels

Nov 27 2020
16:00 17:00

Illustrators Survival Corner

MASTERCLASS: Destination China! Find Your Way to the Chinese Publishing Market

Online Event

How to participate:
This event is free and limited to 100 participants.
It is necessary to pre-register to obtain your access link.

Pre-register here

For questions and enquiries, please contact destinationchina.ccbf@outlook.

* All times are indicated according to the Beijing time zone

* Online masterclass is held in English

Nov 30 2020
13:00 14:00

Illustrators Survival Corner

Destination China Online Portfolio Reviews

Online Event

How to participate?

Seats are limited to 10 artists per session.
Pre-registration is mandatory to participate (you can sign up for ONE portfolio review of your choice only).
Portfolio reviews will be held througha video conferences system.

Upon pre-registration you will be asked to upload your portfolio (3MB max PDF file), as to allow the reviewer to study your work in advance and maximise your time. Each participant will be attended for a maximum of 6 minutes by their reviewer.

Pre-register here

For questions and enquiries, please contact destinationchina.ccbf@outlook.com

* All times are indicated according to the Beijing time zone

* Consecutive interpretation in English and Chinese

14:20 15:20

Illustrators Survival Corner

Destination China Online Portfolio Reviews

Online Event

How to participate?

Seats are limited to 10 artists per session.
Pre-registration is mandatory to participate (you can sign up for ONE portfolio review of your choice only).
Portfolio reviews will be held througha video conferences system.

Upon pre-registration you will be asked to upload your portfolio (3MB max PDF file), as to allow the reviewer to study your work in advance and maximise your time. Each participant will be attended for a maximum of 6 minutes by their reviewer.

Pre-register here

For questions and enquiries, please contact destinationchina.ccbf@outlook.com

* All times are indicated according to the Beijing time zone

* Consecutive interpretation in English and Chinese

15:40 16:40

Illustrators Survival Corner

Destination China Online Portfolio Reviews

Online Event

How to participate?

Seats are limited to 10 artists per session.
Pre-registration is mandatory to participate (you can sign up for ONE portfolio review of your choice only).
Portfolio reviews will be held througha video conferences system.

Upon pre-registration you will be asked to upload your portfolio (3MB max PDF file), as to allow the reviewer to study your work in advance and maximise your time. Each participant will be attended for a maximum of 6 minutes by their reviewer.

Pre-register here

For questions and enquiries, please contact destinationchina.ccbf@outlook.com

* All times are indicated according to the Beijing time zone

* Session held in English

17:00 18:00

Illustrators Survival Corner

Destination China Online Portfolio Reviews

Online Event

How to participate?

Seats are limited to 10 artists per session.
Pre-registration is mandatory to participate (you can sign up for ONE portfolio review of your choice only).
Portfolio reviews will be held througha video conferences system.

Upon pre-registration you will be asked to upload your portfolio (3MB max PDF file), as to allow the reviewer to study your work in advance and maximise your time. Each participant will be attended for a maximum of 6 minutes by their reviewer.

Pre-register here

For questions and enquiries, please contact destinationchina.ccbf@outlook.com

* All times are indicated according to the Beijing time zone

* Session held in English