Women in Animation (WIA) and Les Femmes s’Animent (LFA), together with The Walt Disney Studios, are pleased to present the second annual Women in Animation World Summit in conjunction with the Annecy International Animation Festival and Mifa 2018.

The Women in Animation World Summit  will take place on Monday, June 11th at the Impérial Palace Hotel (Allée de l’Impérial, 74000 Annecy) and will feature a day-long symposium of panels and discussions spotlighting top executives and filmmakers from around the world covering a range of topics affecting women working in the animation industry today, such as “Inclusion,” “NextGen World View,” “What 50/50 Means to Allies,” “A Conversation with Oscar-Celebrated Women Directors” and “Developing Diverse Talent.”

Live Stream: WIAWorld Summit

Available for live streaming on Monday June 11


Monday, June 11, 2018


Impérial Palace Hotel
Allée de l’Impérial, 74000
Annecy, France


Day-long symposium of panels and discussions covering a range of topics such as:


NextGen World View

What 50/50 Means to Allies

A Conversation with Oscar-Celebrated Women Directors

Developing Diverse Talent


Opening Session – Inclusion
Julie Ann Crommett, Vice President of Multicultural Audience Engagement at the Walt Disney Studios and WIA Secretary

Julie Ann Crommett

NextGen World View
*Moderated by Julie Ann Crommett (Vice President of Multicultural Audience Engagement at the Walt Disney Studios and WIA Secretary)

Hear the views of several NextGen filmmakers on inclusion, intersectionality and the near future when 75% of the workforce will be NextGen.


Solène Azernour
Director, Skylander Academy

Fernanda Frick
Director, Here’s the Plan

Hélène Leroux
Co-director, Back to the Moon

Bin-Han To
Co-director, Revolting Rhymes

Fawn Veerasunthorn
Story Supervisor, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It-Ralph 2

What 50/50 Means to Allies
*Moderated by Mark Osborne (Director, “The Little Prince” and WIA Chair of Male Allies)

The panelists will define what ally means and how to be an influencer for a more equitable future.


Eric Beckman
CEO/Founder, GKIDS

Anthony Leo
Producer, The Breadwinner

Roland Poindexter
VP, Television Development, Fox Family

Carlos Saldanha
Director, Blue Sky Studios

Shuzo Shiota
President / CEO, Polygon Pictures

A Conversation with Oscar-Celebrated Woman Directors
*Moderated by Bonnie Arnold (Producer, DreamWorks Animation)

Discussion of what it takes to create an award-winning film – the experience, the challenges and the journey.


Vicky Jenson
Director, Shrek, Shark Tale

Dorota Kobiela
Director, Loving Vincent

Nora Twomey
Director, The Breadwinner

Developing Diverse Talent
*Moderated by Vanessa Morrison (President of Fox Family)

Industry leaders discuss their views on the importance of finding, developing and nurturing diverse talent.


Jenny Gilbertsson
Film Commissioner Children and Youth, Swedish Film Institute

Andrea Miloro
Co-President, Fox Animation

Mireille Soria
President, Paramount Animation

Cara Speller
Executive Producer, Passion Animation Studios