Toronto Animation Film Festival

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Where: Toronto Reference Library & Online

When: November 2-4, 2023

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Sat, Nov 12th

4:15PM - 5:15PM

Reference Library: Epic Hall

A Pipeline Studios and Shoe-Ink original production. Join the teams behind the beloved, Emmy-nominated PBS Kids series Elinor Wonders Why, the preschool series that encourages children to follow their curiosity, ask questions, and find answers using science inquiry skills. Created by Jorge Cham, a former Caltech researcher, and Daniel Whiteson, a Physics Professor at UC Irvine, and brought to life by the talented artists and storytellers from Pipeline Studios, come learn about the series’ unique development process as the creators share their unique experiences making the hit preschool series.


Bobby Ulcar, Senior Technical Director, Pipeline Studios

Bobby Ulcar has been in the animation industry since 2005. Starting as a stop-motion animator and then moving into digital animation, he had a deeper appreciation for the Node View than was reasonable for an animator, so he moved into rigging and is currently a Rigging Supervisor and Senior Technical Director at Pipeline Studios. Bobby has been a proud member of Pipeline Studios for over 14 years now and counting. He has touched almost every 2D production at the studio in the past 10 years and is constantly working on improving processes and innovation.


Daniel Whiteson, High-Energy Particle Physicist, University of California, Irvine

Daniel Whiteson is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine, and a fellow of the American Physical Society. He earned his PhD in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley and is an active researcher, using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to search for exotic new particles.


Jorge Cham, Cartoonist, PhD Comics

Jorge Cham is the cartoonist behind the popular online comic “Piled Higher and Deeper” (a.k.a. PHD Comics). He holds a PhD in Robotics from Stanford University and is a former Instructor and Research Associate at Caltech. His work as a researcher focused on Biomimetic Design and Neural Implants.


Katherine Sandford, Executive Story Editor, Pipeline Studios

Katherine’s work for children’s entertainment includes hundreds of hours of stories that have been broadcast around the world on PBS, Nickelodeon, Netflix, Sprout, Disney Jr., BBC, ITV, CBC, TVO, Treehouse, ABC (Australia) TVNZ (New Zealand) and many others. Katherine has been nominated for multiple Writers Guild awards and worked on some of the most recognized shows in children’s television, including Molly of Denali, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Corn and Peg, Little Charmers, Ranger Rob, Max and Ruby, Franklin, Franny’s Feet, Justin Time and many, many others.  As Producer she worked on the multi-award-winning The Adventures of Napkin Man and The Moblees, both for CBC and was Executive Story Editor on the PBS preschool science show Elinor Wonders Why, which was nominated for two Emmys in 2021. Katherine was thrilled to start 2022 as Consulting Producer/Executive Story Editor on the adorable new CBC show Mittens and Pants, as well as working as the Head Writer on a new yet-be-announced series of shorts that will be a part of Season 54 of Sesame Street.


D'Arcy Cooney, Director of Marketing, Pipeline Studios

Over the last decade, D'Arcy has overseen the launches of some of the hottest children's content in the world. He has successfully led the creation and execution of integrated, consumer-facing marketing campaigns across North America.

While at Phase 4 Films, D'Arcy helped relaunch kaboom! Entertainment, the company's flagship kids and family home entertainment line. During his time at eOne, D'Arcy oversaw the global digital release strategies for Peppa Pig and PJ Masks. He also successfully partnered with Google Play on their first ever free exclusive global film release.

During his time at Corus, D'Arcy managed the company’s linear kids’ brands, including YTV, TELETOON, Treehouse, Disney Channel Canada, Cartoon Network Canada and Nick Canada. He also assisted in launching Adult Swim's first ever 24-hour channel, the Nick+ subscription video on demand platform, and the YTV x Retrokid "Keep It Weird" Collection collaboration.

As the Director of Marketing at Pipeline Studios, D’Arcy leads consumer marketing for the Pipeline brands. This includes the recent exciting launch of the preschool series Doggyworld on Disney+ in Latin America. D’Arcy also oversees trade marketing initiatives for the studio - including key sponsorships with TAAFI, Kidscreen, and the OIAF.


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