Toronto Animation Film Festival

Toronto Animation Industry Conference

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Where: Toronto Reference Library & Online

When: November 2-4, 2023

Previous Events:

Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair


Ella Cooper

Director/Producer, Brown Rabbit Studios

  1. Ella Cooper is an award winning independent producer, multimedia artist, educator, writer and director based in Toronto who has been working in the arts, film and cultural sector for over 20 years. Ella is the founder of Black Women Film! Canada a not for profit supporting the development of Black women in film and media. She also enjoys running Brown Rabbit Studios, a new BIPOC production company focused on content creation for tv, lifestyle, arts and children programming with a new animation in development with CBC Kids & Karen Chapman. Ella received the Tiffany’s Hometown Hero Award and was nominated for the 2019 TAC Mayor's Arts Award for cultural leadership and featured as one of 33 Black Canadians Making Change Now in Chatelaine magazine. Her photo series ‘Witness’ was just selected as 2020 Editors Pick in Canadian Art Magazine and her documentary, dance and video installation works have been presented in galleries, public spaces and film festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Berlin. She was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre, Picture Berlin and is supported by the Ontario, Toronto & Canada Arts Councils. As an impact producer, renowned facilitator and social entrepreneur, Ella has founded successful not-for-profit arts networks in her 20s, created and funded multi-arts projects across Canada, played leadership roles in program development, marketing, social media, outreach and fundraising for established arts organizations. Ella is known for her leadership and arts empowerment programs for diverse communities internationally. She was interim Director of Arts Management at University of Toronto Scarborough, and continues to be a featured speaker for national and international conferences.

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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