Toronto Animation Film Festival

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Where: Toronto Reference Library & Online

When: November 10-12, 2022

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Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair


Jessica Borutski

Supervising Director, Nickelodeon

Working in the industry since 2003, Jessica had her start in animation at Spumco working on The New Ren and Stimpy. From there she ventured to the East Coast and worked with Collideascope and Copernicus on various projects, from music videos to television series. Soon after she created her own short film entitled "I Like Pandas" This earned Jessica the "Frederator Flash Film of the Year Award". Fuel Industries, an adver-gaming agency, hired Jess in 2005. She art directed many projects there and worked with clients such as Kraft Foods, Johnson&Johnson, and McDonald's, creating beautiful immersive online gaming. The popularity of her short film earned her notice from WB. She was approached by them to re-design the Looney Tunes, and from there went on to direct the "Merrie Melodies" part of the show. She also re-imagined Bugs and the gang again for the Wabbit series, which evolved into "The New Looney Tunes Show". Jessica went on to work on many of the WB legacy properties. One DC Nation Short, featuring Shazam, entitled "WISDOM" that she produced was nominated for an Emmy. She also produced the series Bunnicula for Cartoon Network International. Today Nickelodeon is her new home and she is currently the Supervising Director on Loud House.

9:15AM - 10:15AM

Reference Library: Epic Hall

Opening Keynote with Jessica Borutski

Grab a cup of coffee and get warmed up for a great day of talks with Canada's own Jessica Borutski! Along with moderator Joel MacKenzie, we're kicking off the day's programming with a look back on some of Jess's career highlights, like creating a fresh look for the Looney Tunes characters, her current role at Nickelodeon as supervising director the hit show The Loud House, and her thoughts about where her career may take her in the future, as she balances work and life while developing her own projects.

Suggested dress code: denim.

With Jessica Borutski Supervising Director, Nickelodeon

Moderator: Joel MacKenzie Artistic Mercenary


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