Toronto Animation Film Festival

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


Sam Chou

Creative Director of Development, Kickstart Entertainment

Sam Chou is an award-winning creator and director, and founder of Toronto animation studio, Style5.tv. Sam fostered his tenacity and passion for animated storytelling in his early days, working on feature films for Warner Bros, Sony, DreamWorks, and Disney. Now, as a 20-year industry veteran, Sam has developed and directed in virtually every medium, including short films, series, commercials, web-series, and feature-length documentaries. His past directorial experiences include the animated comedy series 'City in Crisis' (Adult Swim Canada), CG action-series 'Max Steel: Team Turbo' (Mattel), and 'Kody Kapow', an animated adventure series starring Jason Alexander (Universal Kids). He co-created and directed the web-series 'Crime: The Animated Series', which premiered at both Sundance and TIFF and which won Best Series for Adults at the OIAF.

11:00AM - 12:00PM

The Spin Master Atrium Stage

A Conversation With Aaron Long

Join Sam Chou for an in-depth conversation with Aaron Long about his career starting as an intern for the Chuck Grammage studio with little experience and a ton of passion, through to his current work as a director for Bojack Horseman and Tuca & Bertie with Netflix. 

With Aaron Long Director - Bojack Horseman, Netflix & Shadow Machine Sam Chou Creative Director of Development, Kickstart Entertainment

1:00PM - 3:00PM

Corus West

Meet & Greet

Speed Dating For Professionals! 

This is your chance to have a 10 minute one-on-one meeting with various industry experts from studios such as Guru, Headspinner, CBC, Industrial Brothers and more!


With Alexandra Kavalova Art Director, Spin Master Andrew Healey Development Executive, Portfolio Entertainment Alan Gregg VP of Development, Industrial Brothers Brandon Lane Development Producer, Nelvana Drew Mullin Executive in Charge of Production Children's Content, CBC Kids Dave Padbury Developer Manager, Originals, Guru Studio Kirsten Hurd Acquisitions, TVOkids, TVOkids Lorna Withrington Director of Development, Spin Master Martha Sepulveda Director of Development, 9 Story Media Group Marlene Schmidt Head of Production, Epic Story Media Michelle Melanson Cuperus Headspinner Productions Inc., President Miklos Perlus Executive Producer, Development and Production, Pipeline Studios Shannon Bishop Manager, Creative Affairs, Entertainment One, Family & Brands Shaleen Sangha Vice President, Development and Production, Boat Rocker Studios, Kids and Family Shabnam Rezaei Co-Founder / Producer, Big Bad Boo Studios Sam Chou Creative Director of Development, Kickstart Entertainment Todd Brian Director of Development, Animation, WildBrain

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