WIA Vice President
Jinko Gotoh is a BAFTA winner and an Oscar-nominated producer and consultant for the animation industry. Her strengths and passion include discovering and nurturing diversified creative talent and charting new technologies and creative processes.
Born in Japan, Jinko’s passion for animation sparked at an early age after two profound experiences: a viewing of Lady and the Tramp and a resounding meeting with Astroboy‘s creator Osamu Tezuka.
Her extensive producing screen credits include 2020 BAFTA winner and Oscar-nominated Klaus, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, BAFTA winner The Little Prince, Oscar-nominated The Illusionist, 9, and Oscar-winning Finding Nemo.
Jinko started her feature animation career as the CGI producer on Space Jam. Jinko then became the Director of Digital Production at Walt Disney Feature Animation, overseeing the inevitable move to CGI animation and its extensive application on Dinosaur and many more films, including VFX work for The Secret Lab. Since leaving Pixar in 2003, Jinko’s assignments have taken her around the globe, working for major studios and independent films.
Jinko is devoted to advancing women and all underrepresented people in the industry. She serves as vice president for Women in Animation and as a Board of Governors for The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. She is also a member of BAFTA, DGA, and PGA and serves on various committees for these organizations. Beyond that, she is also a founding board member of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, which provides K-4 music education to underserved neighborhoods.
Jinko is a frequent speaker at various conferences and festivals. She has also served as a juror for many film festivals, including Annecy Animation Festival, Siggraph, Chicago International Film Festival, Goa International Film Festival, and most recently, at the inaugural Niigata International Animation Film Festival.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Math and a Master of Fine Arts in Film from Columbia University.
Jinko was an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University School of the Arts in the fall of 2021.
She is also a published poet and the happy rescuer of many dogs.