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Congratulations Finalists for our Big Pitch Competition!

Karen Jackson | Nov 11, 2022

Gadzooks! We're at it again bringing you two extremely talented writers who have submitted their very own original ideas to be judged by a top-notch panel of Development Executives in the Animation Industry. We are honoured to select Rajan Kapila and James R. Backshall as our finalists!

Rajan Kapila has been working in the animation industry for the past 10 years and has enjoyed every part of it. He has had the great joy of working on some incredible projects such as Angry Birds: Summer Madness, Nature Cat, Care Bears: Unlock the Magic, Give a Mouse a Cookie, and many, many, more. Over his time in the Animation Industry, he has been able to experience many aspects of the production pipeline that he feels has been a great influence whenever working on various projects. Currently working as a location designer and before that a storyboard artist, he has always been a storyteller and believes that working in Animation is his true calling. Rajan said "I am here to inspire, educate, and entertain through my stories" and it is with honour that he has come to TAAFI's Big Pitch competition "to present my stories to the world and discover a platform to showcase a truly entertaining and inspiring story for the world to see."

James R. Backshall is an Emmy-nominated Canadian screenwriter and IP development specialist with over 30 years experience, and 300 + produced broadcast credits writing for hit shows such as PAW Patrol and Max & Ruby. James has also developed courses and mentored new talent at local colleges, helping to foster the next generation of animation excellence in Canada - all for the love of cartoons!

Judging our finalists is Athena Georgaklis, Head of Development at Nelvana, Darin Bristow, Executive Creative Director at Pipeline Studios, and Lorna Withrington, Vice President of Development/Animation at WildBrain. We can't forget our host for the evening, TAAFI Co-Founder and Owner/Producer at Friends & Enemies.

We are honoured to have Rajan and James at TAAFI's Big Pitch Competition this year and would like to thank our Premiere Sponsor WildBrain for their incredible support and for providing the WINNER of the Big Pitch with a cash prize of $1000 and a meeting with their development team! First place winner will also receive a Wacom Cintiq 16 sponsored by Wacom!

Tune in Friday, November 11th at 6:00PM to Crowdcast for the Big Pitch Competition to hear the pitches, the feedback, and who will claim the coveted title of Big Pitch Winner 2022!

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