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


Ricardo Curtis

Owner, House of Cool

Ricardo Curtis is one of the animation industry’s most successful professionals, and has played a pivotal role in the production of over 20 successful feature films.

Jamaican born and Toronto native, Curtis relocated to Los Angeles after graduating from Sheridan College’s Classical Animation Program. Working with Pixar, DreamWorks Animation Studios, Fox and Warner Bros, he contributed to a number of projects as a story artist (The Incredibles, Monsters Inc.), Head of Story

(Book of Life, Horton Hears A Who), Supervising Animator (Osmosis Jones) and was an animator and designer on The Iron Giant.

Curtis returned to Canada in 2004 to launch House of Cool with Wesley Lui. As Co-Founder and Creative Director, his keen eye for talent and artistry have cultivated long-term relationships with Dreamworks, Netflix, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Universal and Apple.

Curtis has developed and sold properties to Disney, Bravo!, DHX and Teletoon, earning accolades at MIPCOM for his work. He has produced, written and directed

short films, pilots, television series, specials, a novel and commercials. Curtis is a member of Sheridan College’s board that sets the educational curriculum, as well as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Most recently Ricardo directed Ice Age: The Great Eggscapade for Fox/Blue Sky Studios and Masters of the Universe for Mattel. Curtis has written and is slated to direct an original House of Cool property currently titled Amoeba and the upcoming Clive Barker film, Night of the Zoopocalypse.

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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