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The Animation Guild to Host Careers Panel at OIAF 2020

‘Animation through the Ages’ will examine career longevity, challenges, and keys to success with industry veterans offering insights from their own career journeys and experiences.

On September 26, The Animation Guild will host a panel, “Animation through the Ages,” at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, where participants will discuss career longevity and how to thrive at every stage of an animation career, from your 20s to your 60s and beyond.

The panel will explore the challenges each age group faces and offer insights from professionals on their career journeys and the key to success.

The Ottawa International Film Festival has been hosting screenings, exhibits, and workshops since 1976. This year’s event will take place online from September 23 to October 4, 2020. Passes will provide access to screenings, talks, and the whole virtual OIAF experience. Most events will be recreated virtually, such as studio and school booths; networking events; parties; and even the festival favorite, the pumpkin carving contest! New this year is the Artist Gallery, providing an opportunity for participants to have their work seen by studios and recruiters.

Animation Through the Ages

WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm EDT

WHERE: Live Stream and VOD for festival pass holders (tickets/passes available here)


  • Reem Ali-Adeeb is a supervising character designer on Little Ellen, she was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. She has previously worked as a character designer and supervising designer on shows such as Harley Quinn, Green Eggs and Ham, Teen Titan Go!, and DC Super Hero Girls.
  • James Baxter is the director of character animation at Netflix Animation. Originally from Bristol, England, he has worked on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King. He then ran his own eponymous studio producing animation for Enchanted, Kung Fu Panda, and more.
  • Alan Bodner is the art director on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Funhouse. An Emmy Award-winning artist, he did art direction Disney’s Tangled series, Warner Bros. Looney Tunes series, and The Iron Giant.
  • Jessica Borutski is the supervising director of Nickelodeon’s The Loud House. She started her career on The New Ren and Stimpy and went on to redesign Looney Tunes for Warner Bros. In addition, she imagined the book Bunnicula into an animated TV series and creatively produced it for Cartoon Network International.
  • Joel Lee is a visual development/background artist at Netflix Animation. Raised in Singapore, his career includes work at ShadowMachine as a background designer and painter.
  • Latoya Raveneau is a director on the upcoming Disney+ series, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. Brooklyn born, she has storyboarded/assistant directed on such projects as Disney Junior’s Puppy Dog Pals and the Adult Swim series, Final Space.
  • Eric Robles is the co-creator and executive producer of Nickelodeon’s and Netflix’s newest animated series Glitch Techs. He worked previously as the creator and executive producer of Nickelodeon’s five-time Emmy Award-winning Fanboy and Chum Chum, and he has held lead designer roles at DreamWorks Animation, Walt Disney Animation, Universal Studios Creative, Cartoon Network, MGM Animation, and The Jim Henson Company.
  • Alex Salyer is a director on Q Force! Among the numerous shows he has worked on are Bojack Horseman, Tuca and Bertie, HarmonQuest, The Simpsons, Party Legends, and Andy Cohen Diaries.

Source: The Animation Guild