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WOMEN IN ANIMATION PRESENTS:

THE BUSINESS CASE FOR DIVERSITY

This year’s 2021 Women In Animation Virtual Summit At Annecy will be presenting the theme of “The Business Case For Diversity”.

Commenting on the theme, WIA Secretary/DEI Chair Julie Ann Crommett added, “The business case is not just that diversity, equity and inclusion are good for business empirically (they are), but that we each as businesses and individuals have a part to play in making change. Many companies, organizations and industries have committed to doing better – seizing the case for DEI. We get further faster by being more transparent with each other, more transparent as an industry and truly building a global community of practice and thought leadership. Our hope is this Summit begins to model what transparency and action can and should be in our industry.”

View the program schedule below which includes a series of thought provoking discussions and films featuring a diverse group of women across the Animation Industry.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

WELCOME FROM WIA

WIA President Marge Dean and CITIA CEO Mickaël Marin welcome viewers and introduce Triggerfish as WIA’s official partner for the 2021 World Summit.

SPEAKERS (Click to expand)

MARGE DEAN


President WIA
Head of Studio, Crunchyroll

MICKAËL MARIN


CEO, CITIA

STUART FORREST


CEO, Triggerfish

VANESSA SINDEN


Senior Producer, Triggerfish

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – STORIES MATTER

Narratives and stories have a direct impact on how we perceive ourselves, the world and each other. Join Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin of JusticeRx and At Buffalo: A New Musical as she shares insights and connections between her creative work, narrative change and the African diaspora.

SPEAKERS (Click to expand)

JULIE ANN CROMMETT (Introduction)


Founder and CEO, Moxie Collective
Equity and Inclusion Strategist

AMMA Y. GHARTEY-TAGOE KOOTIN, Ph.D.


Lead Artist, AT BUFFALO: A New Musical
Vice President of Creative Affairs, JusticeRx

THE BUSINESS CASE FOR DIVERSITY

This year’s 2021 Women In Animation Virtual Summit At Annecy will be presenting the theme of “The Business Case For Diversity”.

Commenting on the theme, WIA Secretary/DEI Chair Julie Ann Crommett added, “The business case is not just that diversity, equity and inclusion are good for business empirically (they are), but that we each as businesses and individuals have a part to play in making change. Many companies, organizations and industries have committed to doing better – seizing the case for DEI. We get further faster by being more transparent with each other, more transparent as an industry and truly building a global community of practice and thought leadership. Our hope is this Summit begins to model what transparency and action can and should be in our industry.”

View the program schedule below which includes a series of thought provoking discussions and films featuring a diverse group of women across the Animation Industry.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

WELCOME FROM WIA

WIA President Marge Dean and CITIA CEO Mickaël Marin welcome viewers and introduce Triggerfish as WIA’s official partner for the 2021 World Summit.

SPEAKERS (Click to expand)

MARGE DEAN


President WIA
Head of Studio, Crunchyroll

MICKAËL MARIN


CEO, CITIA

STUART FORREST


CEO, Triggerfish

VANESSA SINDEN


Senior Producer, Triggerfish

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – STORIES MATTER

Narratives and stories have a direct impact on how we perceive ourselves, the world and each other.

Join Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin of JusticeRx and At Buffalo: A New Musical as she shares insights and connections between her creative work, narrative change and the African diaspora.

SPEAKERS (Click to expand)

JULIE ANN CROMMETT (Introduction)


WIA Secretary/DEI Chair
Founder and CEO, Moxie Collective
Equity and Inclusion Strategist

AMMA Y. GHARTEY-TAGOE KOOTIN, Ph.D.


Lead Artist, AT BUFFALO: A New Musical
Vice President of Creative Affairs, JusticeRx

GENERAL INFORMATION

Dates:  June 14 – 19, 2021


Location:  Virtual Events Online


Sponsors:  View 2021 Summit Sponsors


Festival Website:  www.annecy.org

2021 SUMMIT ARTWORK BY

Artist:  Monica Ahanonu


Website: www.mahanonu.com


Instagram: @monicaahanonu

DISCUSSION PANEL: ALTERNATE CAREER PATHS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR TALENT

Attending art school and obtaining a degree is a privilege not afforded to all.  This panel discusses how to challenge the status quo and create alternative career opportunities, especially for diverse talent.

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JINKO GOTOH (Moderator)


Vice-President WIA
Producer, Netflix

ALLISON FRENZEL


Arts, Media, and Entertainment Education Programs Specialist,
California Department of Education

ARNON MANOR


Visual Effects Society Board Member
& Chair of its Education Committee

CARINA LÜCKE


Director, Triggerfish Foundation (PBO) 

CORINNE KOUPER


SVP Development & Production, TeamTO
Co-Founder, ECAS
Co-President, LFA

MEREDITH DEAN


 Clinical Program Director, The Animation Project

DISCUSSION PANEL: GREENLIGHTING DIVERSE VOICES

The need to tell and hear representational stories from a more diverse range of storytellers has never been more important. Led by Netflix’s Director of Original Animated Film, Janet Wu, this panel of seasoned content decision-makers shines a light on the importance of making stories from underrepresented communities, the need for authenticity in front of and behind the camera, and a behind-the-scenes look at the path to Greenlight.

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JANET WU (Moderator)


Director of Original Animated Film, Netflix

JESSICA JULIUS


Vice President, Creative Development,
Walt Disney Animation Studios

KAREN RUPERT TOLIVER


Executive Vice President, Creative, Sony Pictures Animation

RAMSEY NAITO


President, Nickelodeon Animation Studio

SARAH VICTOR


Head of Development, Crunchyroll

PETER GAL


Chief Creative Officer, Television DreamWorks Animation 

MEET THE ARTIST

This year’s World Summit Artist Monica Ahanonu talks about her involvement in the project, and her inspiration for the artwork.

SPEAKERS (Click to expand)

MONICA AHANONU


Illustrator, Los Angeles, CA

DISCUSSION PANEL: AFRICAN CREATORS IN ANIMATION
Presented By Triggerfish

Triggerfish Senior Producer Vanessa Sinden hosts a conversation with leading African women taking center stage with shows they have created, written, and are currently directing.

SPEAKERS (Click to expand)

VANESSA SINDEN (Moderator)


Senior Producer, Triggerfish

KELLY DILLON


Creator, Kiya

MALENGA MULENDEMA


Creator,  Mama K’s Team 4

NG’ENDO MUKII


Director, Writer

OMOTUNDE AKIODE


Writer, Story Editor

ORION ROSS


VP, Original Programming – Animation, Disney EMEA

TENDAYI NYEKE


Development Executive, Triggerfish

MENTORING AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE AROUND THE WORLD

An inspiring featurette that offers a glimpse into WIA’s history and successful global mentoring program.

A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH VICTORIA ALONSO

Marvel Studios’ Executive Vice President of Production Victoria Alonso shares her perspective on the economic power of diversity in front of and behind the camera, and its impact on storytelling and success.

SPEAKERS (Click to expand)

JULIE ANN CROMMETT (Moderator)


Founder and CEO, Moxie Collective
Equity and Inclusion Strategist

VICTORIA ALONSO


EVP, Production at Marvel Studios

VIDEO COMPILATION: WOMEN IN CREATIVE LEADERSHIP

A visual collection of short stories from some of the world’s leading animation studios highlighting women in creative roles. Participating studios include Aardman, Animal Logic, Chromosphere, Crunchyroll, Disney Junior and Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks Animation, The Gotham Group, Illumination, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm, Netflix, Nexus Studios, Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Paramount Animation, ReelFX Animation, Skydance Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, TED-Ed and WarnerMedia, including Warner Animation Group, Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros. Animation,Warner Animation Group and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe.

A WOMAN’S JOURNEY
Presented By Les Femmes s’Animent

Les Femmes s’Animent’s launch of a unique pan Francophone Mentoring Program for female creators who will participate in an innovative Anthology of women’s stories.

SPEAKERS (Click to expand)

LAILA AOUDJ


Director, Producer & CoFounder of DIMA Cinéma

PIERRE DALLOIS


Head of the creation unit at CICLIC Centre-Val de Loire

 

STEPHANIE LAUNAY


Producer, CoFounder of Association IKOWE and member of Les Femmes s’Animent (LFA) 

WILFRID PARE


Producer and Main Coordinator of the Association Burkinabé du Cinéma d’Animation (ABCA)

ANIMATION! PAN LATAM FEMALE DIRECTORS MENTORING PROGRAM

An introduction to the Laureates of the impressive first edition of ambitious female animation directors from across Latin America.

Sponsored by Ventana Sur and the Institut Français d’Argentine.

SPEAKERS (Click to expand)

ELEANOR COLEMAN


International Development and Pre Sales, Blue Spirit

ELOA SAHIRY


Pitch Coach and Trainer, L.A. Conseils

ELVA ARRIETA


Director “Greta´s Journal”

EMILCE AVALOS


Director “Future Woman”

HEATH KENNY


Chief Content Officer, Mercury Filmworks

MARIA COELLO


Director “Flavor Quest”

MATISSE GONZALEZ


Director “Cursed Children”

PAULA BOFFO


Director “Highland´s Shadow”

REMI GUITTET


Regional Audiovisual Cooperation Attaché
Institut Français d´Argentine

SILVINA CORNILLON


Animation! Manager

MEET THE FEMALE DIRECTORS IN COMPETITION
Presented By Les Femmes s’Animent

Short video portraits of some of the women selected this year in competition in Annecy.

DIRECTORS (Click to expand)

FATIMAH TOBING RONY


Director of “Annah la Javanaise”

HELEN ORA


Director of “Panic”

HENRIETTE RIETZ


Director of “Postpartum”

IVA TOKMAKCHIEVA


Director of “Balconada”

JASMINE ELSEN


Director of “Two Ice Creams, Please”

JOANNA QUINN


Director of “Affairs of the Art”

MARIE VALADE


Director of “Lolos”

POLYXENY KATSARI & MATINA FYKARI


Directors of “Oscar”

SUBARNA DAS


Director of “Amayi”

FOCUS ON AUDACIOUS FILMMAKING IN EASTERN EUROPE
Presented By Les Femmes s’Animent

A portrait of a unique group of women creators their exceptional vision and success which explores, against all odds, how they continue to surprise us.

DIRECTORS (Click to expand)

FLORA ANNA BUDA


Director of Entropia

LUCA TOTH


Director of Lidérc úr (Mr Mare)

NADJA ANDRASEV


Director of Symbiosis

REKA BUCSI


Director of Solar Walk

ZSUZSANNA KREIF


Director of Limbo-Limbo Travel

CLOSING FROM WIA

A closing message expressing gratitude from WIA’s President Marge Dean.

SPEAKERS (Click to expand)

MARGE DEAN


President WIA
Head of Studio, Crunchyroll