The animation event of the year

TAAFI INDUSTRY 2018 is a 2-day event offering exclusive talks from top animation artists and creators. This year’s conference is the first of its’ kind for Toronto, with world-class speakers, workshops as well as parties, and is sure to knock those lovely socks of your beautiful feet.

Our most exciting new format, TAAFI INDUSTRY collects our wildly popular industry keynotes, panels, workshops and sneak peeks of festivals past, and offers them to you on a shiny pink platter of creative decadence in a dedicated weekend long format that lets you, our animation-loving audience, dig deep into inspiring and informative content. 
This year’s conference will include over two and a half days of programming across multiple streams, combining keynote speakers, panels and sessions with networking events and workshops spanning a lovely weekend in early November on Toronto’s waterfront. Programming is already underway with announcements regarding key speakers arriving soon!


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Extraordinary Speakers

The world of animation is changing – our speakers represent a diversity of stories, ideas and designs that are changing the industry and are bound to inspire.













Event Schedule

The inaugural TAAFI Industry conference will encompass two days, three stages, multiple venues and a dance floor full of your best animation buds.

  • Day 1

    November 3, 2018

  • Day 2

    November 4, 2018

  • VIP Programming


  • Fred Siebert was one of the first to see the potential of animation on non-traditional platforms. With Frederator Networks, Siebert became a pioneer in streaming video and has become one of the leading independent producers of cartoons for multi-platform. Now he has teamed up with Michael Hirsh and Rainmaker Studios to create WOW! Unlimited Media and is on the verge of launching a new kids channel in Canada. Hear him talk about the past, present and future of animation.
    Where
    Corus Quay

  • Thanks to the success of Bojack Horseman and Big Mouth; animated comedies for adults have returned to the spotlight in 2018. Join us as we look at some of the new faces of Primetime Animation and see what the future holds for this genre.
    Where
    Corus Quay

  • Much like James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante, the success of this scrappy show is the result of a coordinated effort by numerous local Ontario studios, each bringing their particular skills and expertise to bear as they bring to life the world of The Expanse for viewers over the past three season. As the crew embarks yet again on another adventure in the ever expanding universe, and onto a new home on Amazon Prime, we welcome the creative leaders of four Ontario studios who organized a solar coup, as we explore the outer reaches of collaboration between studios, and what it means for the future of the VFX industry in Ontario.
    Where
    GBC Stage

  • Hear from the artists responsible for some of your favourite characters spanning incarnations of Loony Tunes, Animaniacs, Johnny Bravo, The Chipmunks and Bunnicula, in a group discussion of character design trends and the most difficult choices designers have to make. How much should the current trends affect your approach? What are the different challenges of creating original characters versus redesigning classic properties? What loyalty does an artist owe to the originals when a character gets rebooted or adapted from other mediums? All this and more in a lively talk about the characters you love!
    Where
    Corus Quay

  • It's 2018 and kids content is starting to reflect the reality of the world around us in terms of the stories and characters we tell on the screen. Join us for a look at some of the new shows that are bringing great stories reflecting the world we see today.
    Where
    GBC Stage

  • It's back! Pitchapalooza returns as we invite participants to spend some one-on-one time with various industry executives from across Canada. Separate sign-up required.
    Where
    Corus West

  • Join us for an in-depth, behind the scenes conversations with Joe Ksander and Kevin Adams, directors of the Netflix hit ‘Next Gen’, one of the year’s most exciting independent animated feature films, produced right here in Toronto by Tangent Entertainment with some of Toronto’s finest!
    Where
    Corus Quay

  • Hear from cutting edge content creators who have found their success by working outside the mainstream.
    Where
    GBC Stage

  • Classic characters and brands have always been in style but what goes into the process to bring them to a new audience. Find out as we explore the world of reboots, revivals and spinoffs!
    Where
    Corus Quay

  • Meet established and emerging artists using animation to tell stories that are both rooted in sacred storytelling traditions, as well as from a very contemporary perspective, as we discuss how the landscape is changing for indigenous storytelling in Canada and abroad.
    Where
    GBC Stage

  • Exclusive to our VIP Passholders! Growing up in the 50s and 60s, Dan Haskett was exposed to a plethora of historic animated content on television. Dan was also fascinated by animated commercials aimed at adults. Seeing this, he believed animation would grow up with him. He also wanted to see the produce of animation masters mature in content as they did with age. While there is adult content out there, Dan believes the potential for mature content is largely untapped. In this fireside chat, Dan will share some of the mature animation that inspired him and discuss the growth we can all bring to our emerging art form. Lively Q&A included! 4:30PM - 5:30PM - Saturday, November 3
    Where
    Corus West

  • Big ideas deserve big opportunities! Two finalists will go head to head, pitching to a diverse jury of animation industry experts in pursuit of animation glory! But we're TAAFI, so we're going to try something different, just BECAUSE. Instead of the usual panel of executives The Big Pitch will have judges representing departments throughout the animation pipeline. You’ll learn not only what makes a pitch sell but how to make it work from every angle. It's going to be spectacular. It's always spectacular. You're spectacular. See you there.
    Where
    Corus Quay

  • Put down your pens and start practicing your dance moves, it's time to get social at the TAAFI INDUSTRY Bouncing Ball at Boxcar Social! We'll provide some drinks, appetizers, music and dance floor; so you just need to bring your TAAFI badge, and your best networking skills to get to know fellow attendees, say hi to your favourite speakers, and take in the incredible lakeside views. Drinks sponsored by Snowball Studios in partnership with Collective Arts Brewing! Boxcar Social 235 Queens Quay W. Toronto, ON 7:30pm - 11:30pm
    Where
    Boxcar Social (235 Queens Quay W)

  • Dan Haskett had his hand in designing almost everything in the animation Renaissance. Some of the most notable projects being “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Simpsons”, “Tiny Toons”, Animaniacs” and “Toy Story”. In this workshop, Dan will go through each project, demonstrating how he created appeal in his designs and how he imagined they would move on screen. Join us for original art, rare video footage, insight, tangents, history, and live master drawing tips galore!
    Where
    Corus Quay

  • Explore the XR revolution as we uncover the creators who are pioneering storytelling in some of the most exciting new media formats of the past century, and discuss opportunities and challenges of creating animated content for these new realities.
    Where
    GBC Stage

  • Join Linda Simensky in conversation with three of the top females in the animation business about their life, career and impressions of the world of animation in 2018.
    Where
    Corus Quay

  • Join Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward from See Creature Animation for an in-depth look into the 5 year journey to make the NFB stop motion film, Bone Mother. They will discuss the process from adapting an existing story, developing new pipelines for 3D printing, and some of the tough lessons while making a film with a young family.
    Where
    GBC Stage

  • Exclusive to our VIP Passholders! Many production artists want to eventually develop, produce and run a show, but don’t know how to get there. Well, Jessica Borutski has done just that. After many notable projects as an animator and designer, Jessica has made the move to directing, developing and producing series for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. In this fireside chat Jessica will share her insight, advice and personal story on moving up the ranks of production. Again, lively Q&A encouraged. 1:00 - 2:00PM - Sunday, November 4
    Where
    Corus West

  • Jam-Filled’s work on the Netflix series Final Space has wowed audiences with a level of animation rarely seen in adult TV cartoons. Get behind the scenes in a talk about the work that went into the backgrounds, animation and special effects bring the adventure and comedy together for this stand-out series.
    Where
    Corus Quay

  • It takes everything you got... As Mary Tyler Moore once said, sometimes you have to make it on your own. This panel showcases industry professionals who have created their own businesses outside the usual production pipeline, and how they're finding ways to survive and thrive as artists and creators.
    Where
    GBC Stage

  • Join Joel as he talks candidly about his thrilling, lucrative, depressing, strategic, and rewarding habit of making independent short films in Canada. Through case studies, he will discuss the challenges of individual projects and how ultimately the best thing you can do is just make something.
    Where
    Corus Quay

  • The march of technology moves ever onwards, with the rise of powerful open source software capable of feature quality output, powerful realtime rendering that is reshaping entire productions, open and accessible VR/AR content creation and more, all of which opens the doors to new possibilities in creative production for studios and artists of all shapes and sizes. How will you live in this crazy new future? Come find out.
    Where
    GBC Stage

  • Exclusive for our VIP Passholders! Get up close and personal with the creative minds behind Next Gen, as they plunge further into what went into the bringing the hit movie to life, as well as tales from the trenches as they implemented an exciting new production pipeline. Lively Q&A included. 3:30PM - 4:30PM - Sunday, November 4
    Where
    Corus West

  • 6:00PM - 9:00PM - Friday, November 2 VIP passholders are invited to join us for an intimate and special evening presentation with Fred Seibert and MIchael Hirsh, followed by a reception at Hotel Ocho.
    Where
    Hotel Ocho, 195 Spadina Ave

  • Exclusive to our VIP Passholders! Many production artists want to eventually develop, produce and run a show, but don’t know how to get there. Well, Jessica Borutski has done just that. After many notable projects as an animator and designer, Jessica has made the move to directing, developing and producing series for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. In this fireside chat Jessica will share her insight, advice and personal story on moving up the ranks of production. Again, lively Q&A encouraged. 1:00 - 2:00PM - Sunday, November 4
    Where
    Corus West

  • Exclusive for our VIP Passholders! Get up close and personal with the creative minds behind Next Gen, as they plunge further into what went into the bringing the hit movie to life, as well as tales from the trenches as they implemented an exciting new production pipeline. Lively Q&A included. 3:30PM - 4:30PM - Sunday, November 4
    Where
    Corus West

  • Exclusive to our VIP Passholders! Growing up in the 50s and 60s, Dan Haskett was exposed to a plethora of historic animated content on television. Dan was also fascinated by animated commercials aimed at adults. Seeing this, he believed animation would grow up with him. He also wanted to see the produce of animation masters mature in content as they did with age. While there is adult content out there, Dan believes the potential for mature content is largely untapped. In this fireside chat, Dan will share some of the mature animation that inspired him and discuss the growth we can all bring to our emerging art form. Lively Q&A included! 4:30PM - 5:30PM - Saturday, November 3
    Where
    Corus West

Corus Quay

WHERE
Corus Quay
Toronto, CA
WHEN
Friday to Sunday
November 2 – 4, 2018
WHAT
Speakers and Schedule to be announced soon!


Get Your Tickets!

  • Student Pass

    Limited quantities available
  • Full conference pass
  • 19 x Sessions
  • 40 + Speakers
  • The Bouncing Ball
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  • VIP Pass

    Limited quantities available!
  • Full conference pass
  • 19 x Sessions
  • 40 + Speakers
  • The Bouncing Ball
  • 4 x VIP Fireside Chats
  • VIP Opening Night Reception
  • Drink Ticket (Bouncing Ball)
  • + more VIP Perks
  • $349
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Book your hotel

Coming in from out of town? Get a good night’s sleep, and a cosy place to watch your morning cartoons at the Westin Harbour Castle! Book today with the special TAAFI rate of $229, which includes Wifi, and indoor pool and more.


Book your room now!


Become a volunteer!

Volunteer with us and get an all access pass to the festival, meet the speakers, and make new friends – plus get yourself a coveted STAAFI shirt and black sharpie marker to make it truly memorable. If that’s you, sign up today!


Also, hey: do you have an animated personality? Because we’re also on the look out for a few good MCs to keep our stages rolling and our audiences gelling. Sign up here to audition for the role of a weekend!


Our Sponsors

TAAFI is a non-profit volunteer organization, supported by many of the leading animation studios and industry organizations throughout the year as well as at each of our events. Without them we couldn’t bring our programs to you, our audience.

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