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WIA, LFA Finalize Sponsors, Livestreaming of Annecy Summit

Groups set day of panel discussions and events focused on the topics ‘Inclusion and Intersectionality.’

Elizabeth Ito created the logo for the 2018 Women in Animation World Summit, taking place during the Annecy International Festival of Animated Film.

Women in Animation and Les Femmes s’Animent announced the final list of sponsors for the second Women in Animation World Summit, set to take place on June 11 at the Impérial Palace Hotel in conjunction with the upcoming Annecy International Animation Festival and Mifa 2018.

This year’s summit sponsors include: DreamWorks Animation, Netflix and Walt Disney Animation Studios at the Gold Level; Blue Sky Studios, Paramount Animation, Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Animation, Warner Animation Group and Warner Bros. Animation at the Silver Level; and the CNC (Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animée), Cube Creative Productions, Cyber Group Studios, Piste Rouge, SACD, SPFA, TeamTO and 22D Music Group at the Bronze Level.

WIA also announced that the organization will be sharing the insights and ideas revealed at this year’s summit in real time with a global audience by livestreaming the full day of presentations and panels via Facebook Live. The Women in Animation World Summit livestream will be available for the duration of the festival to anyone who is interested in tuning into the WIA Facebook page throughout the week, and then will be privately accessible to WIA and LFA members after the festival ends on June 15.

The Women in Animation World Summit is 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. The day will begin with a keynote presentation by Julie Ann Crommett, VP of multicultural audience engagement at the Walt Disney Studios and WIA secretary, who will introduce the topic of “Inclusion and Intersectionality.” Crommett will give an overview of the concepts of diversity, inclusion and belonging and explore the business data and creative case. She will refresh last year's unconscious bias highlights with data on how inclusion drives business results in our global marketplace, and will explore ways to facilitate change.

The panels for the day will include: “NextGen World View, ” moderated by Crommett; “What 50/50 Means to Allies,” moderated by Mark Osborne, director, The Little Prince, and WIA chairman of male allies; “A Conversation with Oscar-Celebrated Women Directors,” moderated by Bonnie Arnold, DreamWorks Animation producer and head of the WIA Advisory Board; and “Developing Diverse Talent,” moderated by Vanessa Morrison, president of Fox Family.

Midway through the day, Melissa Cobb, Netflix’s VP of kids and family, will moderate a lunch conversation with a select group of leaders and influencers to further discuss the topic of inclusion and intersectionality, focusing specifically on developing diverse talent in the industry. The day will end with a cocktail/mixer open to all summit attendees.

For a full listing of panels and speakers, check the WIA website here or the Annecy listing here.

As previously announced, in addition to Monday’s events, WIA will receive the MIFA Animation Industry Award on Tuesday evening, marking the first time the award has been given to an organization.

For the third year in a row, WIA and LFA also will host a series of breakfast meetings open to all festival attendees, each morning from 8:30-10 a.m. June 12-15 at the Brasserie du Parc, located at 12 Rue Centrale in Annecy. These meetings will be informal and inspirational gatherings dedicated to promoting and building a better place for women in animation while furthering the conversation that begins with Monday’s summit.

Source: WIA and LFA

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.