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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


Wes Bryant

Assistant Director, Pipeline Studios

Wes Bryant is an 18-year veteran of the animation industry, with a passion for leading projects, elevating engaging stories, and executing the creative vision within the medium. With a background in Classical Animation, Wes has developed a unique skill set ranging across diverse disciplines, including animation, design, rigging, and storyboarding.

His tenure at Pipeline Studios, where he began as an animator over 15 years ago, has seen him grow into a trusted leader. Wes is currently directing the second season of the hit PBS KIDS series Elinor Wonders Why. He also led animation for the new SpongeBob SquarePants feature film (Nickelodeon), Hotel Transylvania: The Series (Disney Channel), Alma’s Way (PBS KIDS), and Fangbone (WildBrain).

When not wearing his many hats at Pipeline Studios, Wes is reliving his childhood, this time as a father to his 2.5-year-old daughter. A healthy balance of nature walks, dance parties, and snuggling up and watching Saturday morning cartoons together with a big bowl of cereal are weekly highlights.

5:00PM - 6:00PM

Epic Hall

The Big Pitch

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!

This year's submissions for pitch packages are already open and close on October 2nd. All packages must be uploaded in PDF format and contain the following; 


Project Synopsis

Target Audience (genre/target age group)

At least one episode synopsis

Concept Designs

Creator Bio

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 our Sponsors!

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 Producer, Friends & Enemies Wes Bryant Assistant Director, Pipeline Studios

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