Welcome to Toronto’s Animation Industry Conference! THE ONLINE EDITION (Eastern Time)
TAAFI INDUSTRY 2020 is 5 days of pretty cool industry talks by a selection of the finest folks who create the art we love. From directors and creators to producers and artists, our focused track of featured programming is sure to peak your interest. From feature film or effect animation to television, international directors to local indie heroes, our programming mixes the best of animation in all its forms. Catch it all live, Toronto time (ET) or come back and watch what you missed for 3 months after. Our new online portal will be pretty neat for both watching and interacting with fellow attendees.
Hope you can join us live online for a week of inspiration. It’s going to be refreshing!
jam packed stream
virtual networking events
We’ve got a smattering of creators and showrunners, a handful of directors, a dash of designers, a smattering of writers, and a dusting of effects artists. Our speakers represent a diversity of stories, directions and designs that have shaped the industry and are animating to inspire our future.
John Musker, Director - Moana, Little Mermaid, Disney
John Musker is a 40 year veteran of the Walt Disney Animation Studio where co-directed all your favorite films. Including The Little Mermaid (1989), Aladdin (1992), Hercules (1997), Treasure Planet ( 2002), The Princess and the Frog ( 2009) and most recently Moana (2016.)
Elizabeth Ito, Writer, Storyteller, Director, Netflix
Elizabeth Ito's many credits include supervising director on Adventure Time, feature storyboard artist on Hotel Transylvania, Astroboy, and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
Aaron Long, Director - Bojack Horseman, Netflix & Shadow Machine
Aaron Long is an animator and filmmaker from Toronto. He currently lives in Los Angeles, and has directed for Bojack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie, Triptank and more.
Cort Lane, Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment, Marvel
Cort Lane has taken on a newly-created position at Marvel as senior vice president, Animation & Family Entertainment. Most recently he has developed and co-exec produced ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, MARVEL'S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, HULK AND THE AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H. and the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY animated series and shorts.
And dozens more speakers!
Bianca de Guzman
Cesar Dacol Jr
Mathias Richard Horhager
Michelle Melanson Cuperus
S. Elize Morgan
Big ideas deserve big opportunities, come show us yours!
TAAFI is looking for two great pitches to go head to head in front of a diverse panel of animation industry experts and yours could be one of them! Pitch competitions usually only offer critiques by industry execs. The Big Pitch will have a panel of 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. Submit your animated TV or web series concept by November 2nd, 2020 for a chance to be chosen as one of our two finalists who will pitch to a live audience from the TAAFI main stage.
TAAFI Meet & Greet
The TAAFIxINDUSTRY Meet & Greet is a special chance to have a 10 min one on one meeting with various Industry Experts from around the world from such studios as Guru, Headspinner, Epic Story Media, CBC, Industrial Brothers and more! Click Here