Women in Animation World Summit to feature discussions on diversity
The program for the Fifth World Virtual Summit of Women in Animation was announced in conjunction with the hybrid version of this year’s Annecy International Animation Festival.
Produced by South African animation studio Triggerfish, the event will be available exclusively to WIA members from June 14-19. The public will be able to view the event on the Women in Animation website and YouTube channel the next day.
The theme for this year’s virtual summit is “The Business Case for Diversity”. Highlights include a keynote address by Judge RX’s Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Ph.D. plus a fireside chat with Marvel Studios’ Victoria Alonso.
“Over the past four summits, WIA has built a common vocabulary around diversity, inclusion, belonging and equity,” said WIA President Marge Dean. “As a global community, the organization has gone through paradigm shifts, challenges and monumental opportunities over the past year, including racial equity, a global pandemic, a rise in discriminatory violence and a strong wind contrary to inclusiveness. As WIA celebrates its fifth summit in Annecy, it is important to ensure that our global WIA community continues to learn from each other and to share not only DCI’s business imperative, but also the successes and failures that we’ve all got in trying to move forward. . “
“We are honored to partner with WIA on this important summit,” said Stuart Forrest, CEO of Triggerfish. “Triggerfish has a vision of a world where stories are told and created by the people to whom those stories belong, and WIA’s work on gender inclusion and diversity takes huge strides towards this goal, in particular. insofar as it applies to the African continent. “
Added Mickaël Marin, CEO of Citia, on behalf of the Annecy International Animation Festival: “We are very proud to once again welcome the World Summit of Women in Animation as part of our festival. WIA’s dedication to delivering insightful conversations about diversity and inclusion truly inspires us year after year.
Check out the full WIA Summit schedule below:
Welcome from WIA
President of WIA Marge Dean and CEO of CITIA Mickaël Marin welcoming viewers with the CEO of Triggerfish Stuart forrest and main producer Vanessa Sinden as an official partner of WIA for the World Summit of Women in Animation 2021.
Opening Remarks: Stories Count by Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Ph.D.
- introduction: Julie ann crommett, WIA Secretary / DCI Chairman and Founder and CEO, Collective Moxie; Equity and inclusion strategist
- Speaker: Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Ph.D., AT BUFFALO Main Artist: A New Musical and Vice President of Creative Affairs, JusticeRx
- Description of the opening speech: Stories and stories have a direct impact on how we see ourselves, the world and each other. Join Dr Amma as she shares insights and connections between her creative work, narrative change, and the African Diaspora.
Panel: Alternative career paths and opportunities for talent
- Moderator: Jinko Gotoh, Vice President and Producer of WIA, Netflix
- Loudspeakers: Meredith dean (Clinical Program Director, The Animation Project), Allison Frenzel (Arts, Media and Entertainment Education Program Specialist, California Department of Education), Corinne Kouper (SVP Development & Production, TeamTO; co-founder, ECAS; co-president, LFA), Carina Lücke (Director, Triggerfish Foundation (PBO)) and Manoir Arnon (Member of the board of directors of the Visual Effects Society and chair of its education committee)
- Panel Description: Attending art school and graduating is a privilege that is not granted to everyone. This panel discusses how to challenge the status quo and create alternative career opportunities, especially for diverse talent.
Panel: Greenlighting Diverse Voices
- Moderator: Janet Wu, Director of the original animated film, Netflix
- Loudspeakers: Peter Gal (Creative Director, Television for DreamWorks Animation), Jessica julius (Vice President, Creative Development, Walt Disney Animation Studios), Ramsey naito (President, Nickelodeon Animation Studio), Karen Rupert Toliver (Executive Vice President, Creative, Sony Pictures Animation), Sarah victor (Development Manager, Crunchyroll)
- Panel Description: The need to tell and hear representative stories of a more diverse range of storytellers has never been greater. This panel of seasoned content makers shines a light on the importance of creating stories from under-represented communities, the need for authenticity in front of and behind the camera, and a behind-the-scenes look on the way to the green light.
Video: Meet the artist
Featured artist of the World Summit of Women in this year’s animation Monica Ahanonu talks about his involvement in the project and his inspiration for the artwork.
Panel: African Creators in Animation presented by Triggerfish
- Moderator: Vanessa Sinden, Senior Producer, Triggerfish
- Loudspeakers: Omotunde Akiode (Writer, story editor), Kelly dillon (Creator, KIYA), Ng’endo Mukii (Director, Screenwriter), Malenga Mulendema (Creator, Mama K team 4), Tendayi Nyeke (Development Manager, Triggerfish), Orion ross (Vice President, Original Programming, Animation, Disney EMEA)
- Panel Description: A conversation with leading African women taking center stage with shows they have created, written and currently direct.
Featurette: Mentoring and making a difference in the world
An inspiring feature that offers insight into the history of WIA and the successful global mentorship program.
A conversation by the fireside with… Victoria Alonso
- Moderator: Julie ann crommett, WIA Secretary / DCI Chairman and Founder and CEO, Collective Moxie; Equity and inclusion strategist
- Speaker: Victoria alonso, Executive Vice President, Production at Marvel Studios
- Panel Description: Victoria Alonso shares her take on the economic power of diversity on and off the camera, and its impact on storytelling and success.
Video compilation: Women in Creative Leadership
A visual collection of short stories from some of the world’s biggest animation studios showcasing women in creative roles. Participating studios include Aardman, Animal Logic, Chromosphere, Crunchyroll, Disney Junior and Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks Animation, The Gotham Group, Illumination, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm, Netflix, Nexus Studios, Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Paramount Animation, ReelFX Animation , Skydance Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, TED-Ed, Warner Animation Group and WarnerMedia, including Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros. Animation and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe.
Closure of WIA
A closing message expressing gratitude from WIA President Marge Dean.
The Virtual Summit is supported by Global Fund Partners Animal Logic, Autodesk, NBC Universal / Illumination / DreamWorks Animation, Netflix, Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Paramount Animation, Pixar Animation Studios, Reel FX Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Animation / Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Walt Disney Company (including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm, Disney Television Animation, and Disney Junior) and WarnerMedia.