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Toronto Animation Industry Conference

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Where: Online

When: November 18-22, 2020

Previous Events:

Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair

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!

5

days

40

speakers

1

jam packed stream

20

sessions

2

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.

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Ron Clements, Director, Disney

Ron Clements is a renowned storyteller and filmmaker at Walt Disney Animation Studios. With his longtime collaborator, John Musker, Clements has written and directed iconic feature films that have become part of Disney’s legacy, including beloved classics like “The Little Mermaid” in 1989 and “Aladdin” in 1992, as well as Disney’s 2009 return to hand-drawn animation, “The Princess and the Frog.”

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Dana Terrace, Creator & Executive Producer, Disney

Dana Terrace is creator and executive producer of Disney Channel's animated fantasy-comedy series "The Owl House."

Terrace previously served as a director on Disney's Emmy® Award-nominated "DuckTales."

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Terrace was featured as one of Variety's "10 Animators to Watch" in 2017 and Animation Magazine's "Rising Stars of Animation" in 2019.


And dozens more speakers!

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Athena Georgaklis

Head of Development, Nelvana

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Andy Suriano

Executive Producer, Nickelodeon Animation

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Aaron Long

Director - Bojack Horseman, Tuca and Bertie, Netflix & Shadow Machine

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Ant Ward

Executive Producer, Nickelodeon Animation

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Brandon Lane

Development Producer & Director, Nelvana

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Brenda Chapman

Writer & Director, 'Twas

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Bobby Chiu

Concept Artist & Entrepreneur, Schoolism

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Cory Morrison

Co-Founder & Creative Director, Big Jump Entertainment

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Cait MacDonald

Ambassador Coordinator, TAAFI

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Carl Beu

Color Supervisor, Nickelodeon Animation

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Céline Desrumaux

Production Designer, Pearl Studio

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Doug Goldstein

Co-Head Writer, SyFy

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Fable Siegel

Director, Lackadaisy

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Freddy Carrasco

Director / Illustrator, Freelancer

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Gary Ye

Supervising Director, SyFy

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Guillermo Martinez

Director, Sony Pictures Animation

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Gyimah Gariba

Show Creator & Designer, Guru Studio

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Goran Backman

VFX Supervisor, Pixomondo

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Hannah Daigle

Creator of Satina, ScumHouse Studios

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Ian Worthington

Animator, Worthikids

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Jennifer Griffiths

Executive Director, Big Jump Entertainment

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Jonas Diamond

Executive Producer, Smiley Guy Studios

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JoAnn Purcell

Program Coordinator of Illustration, Seneca College

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Joel Gregorio

Producer, Corner Gas

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Janice Walker

Studio Producer, Yowza! Animation

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Jonni Phillips

Filmmaker & Animator, Independent Animator

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Joel & Spencer

Creators - Animators - Drinkers, Freelance Weenies

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JJ Conway

Head of Story, Nickelodeon Animation

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Kevin Molina-Ortiz

Head of Story, Nickelodeon Animation

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Kris Pearn

Director & Writer, Netflix

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Kevin Lima

Director, 'Twas

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Mark Theriault

VFX Supervisor, Tangent Animation

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Mike Valiquette

Creative Director & Owner, Go Lucky

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Mathias Richard Horhager

Director, Brown Bag films

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Michelle Melanson Cuperus

President, Headspinner Productions Inc.

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Mark Woodyard

Muscian, Woodyard Music

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Olivier Malric

FX Lead Animator, Freelance FX Artist

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Ross Stewart

Director, Wolfwalkers

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Ryan Adams

FX Supervisor, Jam Filled Entertainment

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Sylvie Trouvé

Director & Stop-Motion Animator, See Creature Animation

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Spike Trotman

Cartoonist & Publisher, Iron Circus Comics

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Steve Hong

Animation Supervisor, Pixomondo

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Stephen Sloan

Head of Studio, Look Mom! Productions

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Simone Giampaolo

Director, Aardman Animations

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Steve Wolfhard

Storyboard Artist / Post Director, Disney TV

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Thalia Lemon

Storyboard Director, Stellar Creative Labs

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Tomm Moore

Co-founder & Creative Director, Cartoon Saloon

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Tom Ragazzo

Producer, Black-ish

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Tracy Butler

Illustrator & Comic Artist, Lackadaisy

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Willem Wennekers

Showrunner, Portfolio Entertainment

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Winty

Horse Riding, California

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Winrik Haentjens

CG Supervisor, Pixomondo

Wed, Nov 18th

Thu, Nov 19th

Fri, Nov 20th

Jam Filled

Sat, Nov 21st

Elliott Animation

Sun, Nov 22nd

6:45PM - 7:45PM

Online
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Opening Keynote featuring Ron Clements

Director and Writer, Ron Clements, will be kicking off our 2020 festival with the opening keynote address.  Ron is best known as the director of Disney classic films such as Moana, The Princess & The Frog, Treasure Planet, Hercules, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

With Ron Clements Director, Disney

8:00PM - 9:00PM

Online
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EVERYONE needs to watch RISE of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Break out the Saturday morning breakfast cereal early!

With its bold redesigns and frenetic pacing, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles split audiences when it arrived in 2018, but fans were steadily won over by the skillfully developed characters, vibrant storytelling, sharp comedy, and even edgier action. (That's a sword pun, I tried.)  While "Strike hard and fade away, without a trace" is sound advice for any ninja, hard to track toys and infrequent airings left audiences hungry for more, even before the series was cut short in August 2020 and production shifted to focus on the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

Join Executive Co-Producers Ant Ward and Andy Suriano, Colour and Design Supervisor Carl Beu, Director and Storyboard Artist JJ Conway, and Annie Award Winning Sakuga Guru Kevin Molina-Ortiz for an in-depth celebration on the heart, art, and artistry of Nickelodeon's newest and most innovative adaptation of the world's favorite half-shelled heroes, and share some never-before-seen content.

With Andy Suriano Executive Producer, Nickelodeon Animation Ant Ward Executive Producer, Nickelodeon Animation Carl Beu Color Supervisor, Nickelodeon Animation JJ Conway Head of Story, Nickelodeon Animation Kevin Molina-Ortiz Head of Story, Nickelodeon Animation Thalia Lemon Storyboard Director, Stellar Creative Labs

9:00PM - 11:00PM

TAAFI Discord Server
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Drink n' Draw - Wednesday Edition

Grab a cold one! Grab a pencil! It's time for the after-party - join the festival crew for a live post-conference art session on our shiny new Discord Server

New to Discord? It’s like an online chat room with different topics. 

Still scared? Don’t worry we’ll walk you through it.

Order your beer in advance from Collective Arts Brewery and have it delivered for FREE using the promo code TAAFIxIndustry

Wednesday's Drink n' Draw will be hosted by Thalia and Barnabas with some very special guests in attendance.

With Joel & Spencer Creators - Animators - Drinkers, Freelance Weenies Thalia Lemon Storyboard Director, Stellar Creative Labs TAAFI Discord Server Online, Skynet

Studio Sessions

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Animation Trivia with Yowza! Animation

Get to know animation history with a supervisor at one of Canada's most prestigious animation studios. We are animating on shows you might have watched as a kid and look forward to seeing you for a fun trivia game!

Go to Animation Trivia 

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Thomas and Friends

Please join Campbell Bryer, one of the directors of Nelvana’s adaptation of Thomas the Tank Engine for a discussion about the property, its evolution from 3D to 2D and what it’s like to work on a property with such a long and successful history. Moderating will be Nelvana’s Head of Operations, Ross Maudsley.

Go to Thomas and Friends Session

Student Pass - Online Access

Limited quantities available

Early Bird Special

$24

Regular

$30

Full 5 day conference pass

20 x Sessions

40 x Speakers

Networking Spaces

General Pass - Online Access

Limited quantities available

Early Bird Special

$48

Regular

$60

Full 5 day conference pass

20 x Sessions

40 x Speakers

Networking Spaces

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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.

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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

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