Toronto Animation Film Festival

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Where: Online

When: November 18-22, 2020

Previous Events:

Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair

Studio Sessions


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 


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

Wed, Nov 18th

Thu, Nov 19th

Fri, Nov 20th

Jam Filled

Sat, Nov 21st

Elliott Animation

Sun, Nov 22nd

6:45PM - 7:45PM


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


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

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


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