November 2-4th, 2023!
LIVE IN-PERSON this year at the Toronto Reference Library! PLUS some exclusive ONLINE events for our international friends. The Toronto Animation Industry Conference 2023 is 3-days of snuggling up to creators, directors and the best ANIMATION | GAMING | VFX peeps we can find!
Catch it all live, Toronto time (ET) or come back and watch the online segments for three months after.
VIRTUAL SESSIONS HERE: https://www.crowdcast.io/c/taafi2023/lobby
*Friday and Saturday will be IN-PERSON ONLY!
**Any passholder can watch online segments later.
Plan on joining us each day for a selection of epic curated treats, and stick around after to rub elbows with fellow attendees and a slew of super nice speakers.
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Whether it's showrunners or creators, directors, designers, writers or effects artists we have you covered. Oh sorry did you say producers, local and international studios, workshops and parties? Yeah we got that too. Our speakers represent a diversity of stories, directions and designs that have shaped the industry and are animating to inspire our future.
And dozens more speakers!
Opening Keynote: Mindy Johnson
Author of Ink and Paint's Mindy Johnson, the woman who literally wrote the book on the contributions of women in Animation, is coming IN-PERSON to Toronto to open our conference! A powerful speaker and visionary, Mindy's talk is one you can't miss!
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Behind-the-scenes
Canada enters the Spider-Verse!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse blew audiences away with its boundary pushing imagery and animation, blending an eclectic array of styles seamlessly with dazzling results. The sequel, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, pushes the boundaries even further, thanks to a team of talented artists, including home-grown talent from right here in Canada! Now, TAAFI enters the Spider-Verse with JP Welsh, (Senior Character Animator) Sheldon Lisoy, (Compositing Lead), and Dani Devereux (Matte Painting Supervisor) as they trace the threads they spun into the multi-dimensional web of this groundbreaking animated blockbuster.
Big ideas deserve big opportunities, come show us yours!
TAAFI is looking for two great pitches to go head to head in front of a diverse panel of animation industry experts and yours could be one of them! Pitch competitions usually only offer critiques by industry execs. The Big Pitch will have a panel of judges representing departments throughout the animation pipeline. You’ll learn not only what makes a pitch sell but how to make it work from every angle. Submit your animated TV or web series concept by October 2, 2023 for a chance to be chosen as one of our two finalists who will pitch to a live audience from the TAAFI main stage.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
Click here for more info!
TAAFI Meet & Greet
The TAAFI Industry Meet & Greet is a special chance to have a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with various industry experts from around the world from such studios as Pipeline Studios, Dark Slope, Nelvana, Wildbrain, and more!
Register for the event here!
Seneca College Diversity Scholarship = Free Passes!
Seneca Polytechnic is proud of its long-standing partnership with TORONTO ANIMATION ARTS FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL and to be the exclusive sponsor of the Diversity Scholarship Program.
Seneca takes pride in the vibrant and diverse community we serve and recognizes that a culture of equity, inclusion and diversity must be based on an understanding of the whole person that values all of our differences. We commit to critically analyzing, identifying, and dismantling the barriers to access, student success, and employee potential.
This scholarship program is aimed at underrepresented groups, and consists of complimentary in-person and online tickets to attend the upcoming TAAFI Industry Conference on November 2-4, 2023.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Meet the Artist Behind This Year's TAAFI Industry!
Jeanna LeClair is a graphic designer, artist, and illustrator. She has been a part of TAAFI for over eight years, translating the show themes into signs, posters, booklets, banners, badges and more! Jeanna has been the main creative lead behind the last three TAAFI Industry Conference events, going big with bright colours and graphics to bring a fresh new look each time.