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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


Hugo Van Essen


Big Pitch Finalist Hugo van Essen was born and raised in a tiny town in rural Netherlands that was once liberated by Canadian troops long ago. He now works, climbs, and writes in Toronto. He has worked everywhere, from car garages to all-female construction companies to just regular production companies. Hugo holds a bachelor's in American Studies from the guttural-sounding University of Groningen, as well as a certificate in writing & producing from Humber College. Hugo’s project Ferdinand was chosen as a semi-finalist for the pitch competitions of the Ottawa International Animation Festival and a finalist for the Toronto Animation Industry Conference. 

6:00PM - 7:00PM

Epic Hall

The Big Pitch presented by Pipeline Studios

Do you have the perfect idea for an animated tv show or web series? Are you wanting to learn the ins and outs of pitching from trained professionals? Are you ready to put your ideas out there-- and in front of experienced industry professionals? Then you're in luck; as our Big Pitch is back for 2023's Industry Conference!

The competition is open to Canadian residents only and finalists must be able to present their project IN-PERSON!!

Prizes included for winners of the competition from Pipeline Studios!

We look forward to seeing all of your amazing submissions and wish all entrants the best of luck!

With Aron Dunn Chief Content Officer, Lakeside Animation Ben McEvoy Executive Producer, Friends & Enemies Hugo Van Essen Writer Paula Peroff Animator Wes Bryant Director, Pipeline Studios

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