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Toronto Animation Industry Conference

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Where: Corus Quay, Toronto, Canada, 25 Dockside Dr.

When: Saturday to Sunday, November 2-3, 2019

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Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair

Animation: Not Just For Kids

Sat, Nov 2nd

2:30PM - 3:30PM

The Spin Master Atrium Stage

We know that animation isn’t just for cartoons, but recently it seems like the rest of the world is starting to wake up to that notion, as new streaming services start to take animation seriously. Join us for a discussion on the ins and outs on crafting your ideas for a primetime world.


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. He also creates independent cartoons Sublo & Tangy Mustard and Fester Fish which appear online and in festivals around the world.


Jason Martinsen, Lead Animator, Reel FX

Jason grew up in Bayfield, Wisconsin, a very small town located on the south shore of the largest lake on the planet, Lake Superior. He studied classical animation at Sheridan College in Ontario Canada, where his student film, Mt. Ehn, won the Teletoon: Most Promising Student award. In 2002, Jason began his professional career at Naughty Dog Studios in Los Angeles, animating the hit game series Jak & Daxter, and later Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3.

A move to New York came next to work at Blue Sky Studios on feature films including Ice Age II, Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age III and Rio. Jason has combined his career moves with his love for travel; he has lived in Madrid, working on Planet 51 for Ilion Animation Studios, in London working on Iron Man and Paul for Double Negative, and in Melbourne he worked on After Earth for Iloura Studios.

In 2012, he settled in Vancouver BC at the Coalition, working on Gears of War; and at Sony Pictures Animation working on Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2, Cloudy 2, Storks, and finally, Emoji the movie. Next he returned to Blue Sky Studios in New York as senior character animator on Ferdinand.

In 2018 Jason began work with Moon Studios on their visually stunning game, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. In Jan 2019 Jason relocated to Montreal Canada, and began work for Reel FX. Current he is lead animator on Scooby-Doo (based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon).

Throughout his career, Jason has shared his passion for animation with his students. As an animation mentor instructor, and through his demo reel improvement program. In addition, he provides studio animation teams around the world with specialized training (based on project needs).


Liliana Reyes, Senior Vice President, Content, Portfolio Entertainment

As senior vice president of content for Portfolio Entertainment, Liliana leads the company’s development of television and digital media content across all platforms. Liliana has a successful track record as an executive producer and development executive with wide-ranging experience from creative development to television production and distribution. Previously, she served as vice president of development for 9 Story Media Group where for six years she spearheaded development of the company’s original animated and live-action productions. Prior to that, she was VP of acquisitions and co-productions at Salter Street Films, Canada’s leading producer of comedy content. As one of the earliest development executives to recognize and advance digital content, Liliana served as co-executive producer of the ground-breaking animated series Chilly Beach, the first web-to-TV series in Canada. Most recently, Liliana co-created and spearheaded development for Doomsday Brothers, which in partnership with N12 Productions, is Portfolio’s first adult animated comedy series. Commissioned by Corus Entertainment, the series is scheduled to air in 2020.


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