Toronto Animation Film Festival

Toronto Animation Industry Conference

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Where: Toronto Reference Library & Online

When: November 2-4, 2023

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Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair


Darren Cranford

Co-Owner/Director, Keyframe Digital + Krow VFX

Darren Cranford is Co-Owner and Director of Keyframe Digital, as well as Krow VFX. The studio has been operating in the animation and movie business for over 25 years and has done work for all major Production studios, such as Universal, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. Darren is a member of the Director's Guild of Canada, the Visual Effect Society, and an active member of CASO. He has directed and Supervised hundreds of series - from Directing Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate, and Hilarious House of Frightenstein, to overseeing the VFX of their studio for shows like The Expanse (all seasons). Keyframe Digital and Krow VFX have been known for movies, such as X-Men, Zombieland, and many others, as well as series shows, such as Expanse, Altered Carbon, What We do in the Shadows, and Jack Reacher: The Series.  

Krow VFX is currently working on Chucky Season 2, Hilarious House of Frightenstein Season 2, and a plethora of other unmentionable movies and series shows. 

4:30PM - 5:30PM

Reference Library: Novella Room

Starting a Studio: Presented by CASO

From Startup to Success — Stories from Studio Founders

For many of us, starting a studio and ‘hanging our own shingle’ is the ultimate dream. Becoming your own boss, hiring your friends and co-workers, and striking out on your own. It’s all very exciting, but where do you start? How do you build not just the studio itself, but the client base? How much does it cost and what are the pitfalls?

Join a panel of studio founders as we engage in a lively discussion of starting your own studio — from start-up to success — as we explore the pathways and pitfalls of building a studio, along with the new opportunities or challenges that face budding studio entrepreneurs.

With Darren Cranford Co-Owner/Director, Keyframe Digital + Krow VFX Ella Cooper Director/Producer, Brown Rabbit Studios Jonathan Corbiere CEO, Thought Café Ricardo Curtis Owner, House of Cool

Moderator: Ben McEvoy Producer, Friends & Enemies


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