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


Jonathan Corbiere

CEO, Thought Café

Jonathan Corbiere is CEO of Thought Café, an award-winning motion graphic studio that promotes social justice, self-education and critical awareness. Thought Café creates animated shorts that break down issues, visualize important concepts, and explain and deliver messages for NGOs, other not-for-profits and charities, politicians, great thinkers, writers, and anyone else who has an important message or concept to share with the world. We believe that motion graphics are the perfect medium through which to educate the world online, inspire conversation around current issues, and raise critical awareness.

Jonathan is an experienced entrepreneur working in film, gaming, and Web3 technologies and is also launching the studio Degenerative Labs.

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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