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


James R. Backshall

Animation Writer/Story Editor/IP Development

James is an Emmy-nominated Canadian screenwriter and IP development specialist with over 30 years experience, and 300 + produced broadcast credits writing for hit shows such as PAW Patrol and Max & Ruby. James has also developed courses and mentored new talent at local colleges, helping to foster the next generation of animation excellence in Canada - all for the love of cartoons!

6:00PM - 7:00PM

Online: Crowdcast

The Big Pitch presented by WildBrain

Watch the two finalists of TAAFI's Big Pitch go head to head in front of three Industry judges. The winner takes it all in this exciting live pitching event (plus a cash prize!). If you want to have a shot, submit your pitch in the link on our Industry home page. Or email bigpitch@taafi.com

The Big Pitch is brought to you by WildBrain.

With Athena Georgaklis Head of Development, Nelvana James R. Backshall Animation Writer/Story Editor/IP Development Lorna Withrington Vice President, Development–Animation, WildBrain Rajan Kapila Location Designer, Copernicus Studios

Moderator: Ben McEvoy Producer, Friends & Enemies


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