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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


Tabitha Fisher

Professor - Animation - Bachelor of Arts, Sheridan College

Tabitha is an animator, writer, and educator, and is currently a Full-Time Faculty member at Sheridan College's Honours BA Animation program teaching 2D Layout and Short Film Workflow to the second year cohort. Graduating from animation school in Toronto in 2007, she has held many positions within the Animation industry as well as supervised BG Paint and 2D Layout on various productions. Tabitha has competed an MFA at OCAD U in Digital Futures (2020) where her research focuses on the effect of online sharing culture on creativity. In 2011, she created/directed the animated short Missed Connection through The NFB’s Hothouse program, and in 2023 wrapped production on a 5-minute satirical rock opera titled Hey, Men! about the rise of populist bro-culture, which will make its festival debut in Spring 2024.

3:30PM - 4:30PM

Epic Hall

My Indie Funding Journey

As creative-types, we dream of the day we can finally produce our dream projects– though getting the proper funding for your independent film sounds like a daunting task. But worry not; for we’ve brought together the greatest team since Chocolate and Peanut Butter to share their funding stories and secrets with you!

Join independent animator Tina Nawrocki (Syrenka: Legend of the Warsaw Mermaid), Cloudrise Pictures’ Denver Jackson (The Worlds Divide), and Sheridan College’s Tabitha Fisher (Hey Men!) as they explain their experiences with crowdfunding via platforms like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, acquiring grants through platforms the Canada Council for the Arts and the NFB Film Assistance Program, how they handle self-financing their projects in addition to external funding, which funding avenue is right for the film you want to make, and a sneak preview at their incredible upcoming films!

We’re so excited to hear what these phenomenal independent filmmakers have in store for us!

With Denver Jackson Filmmaker, Independent Tabitha Fisher Professor - Animation - Bachelor of Arts, Sheridan College Tina Nawrocki 2D Animator and Director

Moderator: Terry Ibele Animator


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