The WOMEN IN ANIMATION virtual summit at Annecy presents the theme of “Reimagining the Future: Race, Solidarity and the Culture of Work.”

Attending art school and obtaining a degree is a privilege not afforded to all. Moderated by Jinko Gotoh, this panel discusses how to challenge the status quo and create alternative career opportunities, especially for diverse talent.

This year’s Summit covers two world-shaking topics – the pandemic and the recently reinvigorated global call for social justice – and their momentous effects on the animation industry.

Programme Overview: 
Black Women In Animation: Looking to the Future 
Intersectionality and Solidarity 
Producing in a Rapidly Changing World 
Artists Creating from Home: A Series of Home Studio Visits

Speakers: 
Jade Branion (Writer), Camille Eden (VP of Animation Recruitment and Talent Development, Nickelodeon Animation Studio), Misan Sagay (Screenwriter, Netflix), Karen Rupert Toliver (Executive VP of Creative, Sony Pictures Animation), Julie Ann Crommett (VP, Multicultural Strategies, Walt Disney Studios; Secretary of WIA), Erika Dapkewicz (Lead Editor, Sony Pictures Animation), Shari B Ellis (Production Manager, Gaumont Animation), Kaitlyn Yang (Founder, Alpha Studios), Rita Mbanga (Producer, Sandcastle Studios/Sunrise Productions), Carina Schulze (Chatrone Partner; Exec Prod/Writer), Osnat Shurer (Producer, Walt Disney Animation Studios), Christina Lee Storm (Founder, Asher XR), Niki Lopez (Creator & Co-Exec Prod, Nickelodeon), among others. 

Available from Wednesday 17th June on the Annecy online video platform