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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


Kevin Micallef

Creative Director of Development, Nelvana

Kevin Micallef is a 29-year veteran of the Animation TV and Feature Film Industry, currently the Creative Director of Development at Nelvana Enterprises. Previously directing a number of shows that range from preschool to teen including the TV series Elinor Wonders Why which received Two Emmy Nominations, for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Preschool Series. Grossology, which was nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards and Detentionaire, which received three Canadian Screen nominations as well as a nomination for Best Teen Series at the Cartoons on the Bay Festival. Prior to Directing, Kevin was an animator for Walt Disney Studios, Sony, Warner Bros and Lucas Arts on such features as Lilo and Stitch, Osmosis Jones and Eight Crazy Nights.

12:15PM - 12:45PM


Nelvana Presents: Creative Sparks in Trying Times: Navigating Animation’s Turbulent Waters


As the animation industry flows through a wave of uncertainty, dive into a discussion surrounding the challenges facing creative talent today. Veteran director and former animator Kevin Micallef, and creator and designer Sunita Balsara share their advice on staying afloat and remaining resilient during trying times.

With Kevin Micallef Creative Director of Development, Nelvana Melissa Graham Director of Production, Nelvana Sunita Balsara Designer, Nelvana

4:45PM - 5:45PM


Mind the Gap: Navigating the Industry After Graduation presented by Sheridan College and Pipeline Studios

Recent animation grads, it's been a long trip just to get here, and you've finally arrived at your destination - the animation industry. But even after 3 to 4 years of studying and honing your craft, making the transition from classroom to studio can feel daunting. You're not alone! Many have taken the same steps and felt the same mixture of excitement and apprehension you're feeling now.

Theresa Scandiffio is joined by Kevin Micallef, Lindsey Weeks, and Natali Topalovska, who will be sharing their own early career experiences and touch upon the unique challenges facing grads today.

With Kevin Micallef Creative Director of Development, Nelvana Lindsey Weeks Human Resources & Studio Coordinator, Pipeline Studios Natali Topalovska Production Workflow Manager, Brown Bag Films

Moderator: Theresa Scandiffio Associate Dean, Animation and Game Design, Sheridan College


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