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Global Gender Parity and Inclusion in Animation Headline News

WIA and UNESCO Partner to Support Global Gender Equity in Animation

By Dan Sarto | Friday, November 10, 2023 at 9:03am

At today’s historic signing ceremony and talk in Paris, WIA president Marge Dean noted that as new animation industries are developing around the world, the two organizations can advocate for gender parity and inclusion to be built into the foundation.

Indie Shorts Headline News

ACE Canada’s ‘Ostinato’ to Debut at Spark Animation 2023

The animated short’s creative team, part of the immersive career excel-erator program, along with Netflix and Women in Animation Vancouver, will present their film’s world premiere, including a Q&A and panel, at the festival, which runs November 13 – December 31. 

A Creative Force for Change ANIMATIONWorld

Saraswathi Buyyala Balgam: An ‘Unreal Engine’ Paving the Way for Women Creators

The former Rhythm & Hues and DreamWorks Animation senior exec switched gears and jumped headfirst into animated film and series development, creating her own shows while mentoring and collaborating with Epic Games and ASIFA India to start the Women Creators Program.

Together in Solidarity Headline News

In Solidarity: An Open Letter from WIA President Marge Dean

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 7, 2023 at 12:03pm

Women in Animation’s president announces the ‘Animating Resilience: Surviving and Thriving in an Uncertain Industry’ series to empower and support industry professionals and students during ‘these tough times.’

Expanding Opportunities for Women in Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Boom Box Post: Proving Women Can ‘Cut Sound with Balls’

With women representing less than 5% of all sound professionals, Kate Finan and Jeff Shiffman, co-founders of the multiple Daytime Emmy and MPSE award-winning boutique animation sound studio, run their business with a stated mission to create more opportunities for women that includes an annual apprenticeship program and ongoing community outreach and education.

WIA at Annecy Headline News

WIA World Summit at Annecy 2023 Recap

In line with the Festival’s celebration of ‘Pride and Diversity,’ the 7th annual Summit, presented both in-person and virtually, boasted an enthusiastic and engaged crowd with a common interest in elevating diversity in animation to achieve authenticity in storytelling.

Finding New Voices in Animation ANIMATIONWorld

2022 Stories x Women Filmmakers Reflect on a Year of Collaboration and Growth

As the 2023 cohort gathers at Annecy, the inaugural group of women animators from underrepresented communities - selected by FIAPF and Women in Animation - that came together at the festival last year share their valuable lessons learned, development triumphs and challenges, and how special – and critical – the mentoring and support they’ve received has been to their projects and careers.

WIA at Annecy Headline News

2023 WIA World Summit Lineup at Annecy 2023 Revealed

Women in Animation and GLADD join forces for an in-depth look at ‘Break the Box: Redefining Gender and Leadership’ with key industry leaders joining the conversation; the festival runs June 11-17.

Heading to Annecy This June Headline News

2023 ‘Mifa Pitches’ Selections Revealed

The market's annual event showcases the best animated film projects, both new and in development; this year, out of 651 submissions, 32 projects have been chosen and will be presented June 13-15 during the Annecy Festival.

Promoting a New Generation of Animation Artists Headline News

2023 WIA Scholarship Recipients Announced

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 13, 2023 at 8:53am

Out of 192 worldwide applicants from 74 schools around the world, 15 students were awarded scholarships, with an additional 25 receiving honorable mentions.

Diversity in Animation Headline News

6th Annual WIA Diversity Awards Honorees Announced

The award recognizes individuals, films, and organizations working to expand diversity; recipients include producer Chris Nee, Epic Games, and Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib's film, ‘It's a Gray, Gray World.’

Supporting the Animation Community Headline News

Applications Open: WIA Scholarship Program 2023

Program ups the bounty for prospective recipients with new industry supporters, including Animation Focus, Animation Mentor, ArtStation, Autodesk, Foundry, and LAIKA, contributing workshops, tutoring sessions, software packages, hardware, and cash prizes for the 2023 cycle.

Schmooze it up at TAC Headline News

OIAF and TAC Are Back!

Connect with industry contacts and meet new ones at OAIF’s The Animation Conference coming to Ottawa September 21-23; the festival runs September 21-25.

Mentoring Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Vancouver Announces Career EXCELelerator Candidates

Sponsored by Netflix Canada, the ACE program creates opportunities for new and diverse voices to tell their stories; participants will receive mentoring, training, and support in developing original IP.

WIA at Annecy Headline News

‘Women in Animation World Summit’ At Annecy Program Announced

With the theme ‘Gender Justice: A Global Call for Inclusion in Animation,’ this year’s edition will be presented in collaboration with the Annecy International Animation Festival on June 13.

Sam I Am! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Serves Up a Tasty Second Season

Executive Producer Helen Kalafatic talks about the new season of the beloved Dr. Seuss-based series, debuting April 8 on Netflix, and encourages LatinX and other underrepresented groups to find their place in the animation industry.

Mentoring Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Vancouver Announces Animation Career EXCELelerator Shortlist

Sponsored by Netflix Canada, the ACE program supports animation professionals who identify as women and non-binary; 32 applicants were selected to participate in Phase 1, which includes workshops, pitch training and mentoring.

Diversity and Inclusion in Animation Headline News

4th Annual BRIC Virtual Summit Line-Up Announced

Featuring an opening keynote by KidNation founder Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, the February 11-12 event will feature an executive workshop as well as speakers from NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, Disney, and DreamWorks.

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Disney Television Animation Adds Lisa Fragner as VP, Development

Former Blue Sky Studios’ VP and Head of Development steered numerous projects from pitch to greenlight, including ‘Ice Age: Dawn of The Dinosaurs,’ ‘Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who,’ ‘Rio, Spies in Disguise’, and ‘Nimona.’

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