Women In Animation Sets Program For 2022 World Summit In Annecy – Deadline

Women in Animation today unveiled the program for its sixth annual Global Summit, in conjunction with this year’s Annecy Animation Festival and Mifa 2022.

The theme of the event, which will take place at the Imperial Palace Hotel on June 13, is “Gender Justice: A Global Call for Inclusion in Animation”. The one-day symposium will include panels and focused conversations featuring thought leaders, filmmakers and executives from around the world discussing gender justice – a system of fairness and equity for people of all genders and gender identities, including men, women, transgender and non-binary people.

This year’s WIA World Summit is the first to take place in person, in the age of Covid. Like all previous summits, the sixth will be streamed live and available to the general public via the WIA website from 9:30am-4:30pm CEST / 12:30am-7:30am PST, with a lunch break from 12:20pm-2:30pm PST. The summit will also be recorded and subsequently posted on the WIA website.

“Over the past six years, WIA has led critical conversations on the world stage around diversity, inclusion and equity through our Women in Animation Global Summits. We’re extremely proud of the work we’ve done, but we’re not done,” said WIA President Marge Dean. “I am delighted that the theme of our sixth Global Summit is looking at how gender justice can be a solution to some of the issues plaguing the industry, including a very real labor shortage. We want to ensure that people of all gender identities have the power and access to opportunities to improve their lives. I look forward to many thought-provoking and thought-provoking conversations at this year’s summit. »

“We are at an inflection point in our industry and in the world where there is an urgent and necessary need to look more inclusively at the concept of gender, to challenge traditional power dynamics and to seek to build community. creative fair on a global scale. In doing so, we expand the talent pool, create environments where all artists thrive, and tell the best and most exciting stories,” said Julie Ann Crommett, WIA Secretary/DEI Chair, Founder and CEO, Collective Moxie; Equity and Inclusion Strategist.” The theme of the WIA Global Summit will reflect exactly that – what is gender justice, why is it so urgent and how can creating equity and Does inclusion across gender identities really help solve the global labor needs of our industry and push us towards the next great creative renaissance.

Mickaël Marin, CEO of CITIA, added on behalf of the Annecy International Animation Festival: “After three long years, we are very happy to once again host an event that has become essential to support the changes in our industry. Working with WIA – an organization whose mission is to bring real fairness to all people in our industry – is always inspiring. I warmly thank all the associations (including Les Femmes s’Animent, MIA, FIAPF, etc.) who work daily for change and have contributed to the success of this edition. Annecy will always be by your side.

The official WIA Summit program can be found below:

Welcome from the WIA and the Annecy Festival
President of WIA Marge DeanCEO of CITIA Mickael Marin and head of the Mifa, Veronique Encrenaz welcome viewers and participants.

Presentation of the theme by Julie-Ann Crommett, Secretary of WIA/Chairman of DEI and Founder and CEO, Collective Moxie; Equity and Inclusion Strategist

PANEL: What does gender justice look like around the world?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for gender justice, and its challenges around the world vary as much as geography. This discussion features voices from around the world expressing what women, non-binary and transgender people face in the international animation industry and what gender equity looks like for them.

Moderator: Eleanor ColemanVice President, Les Femmes s’Animent


Mounia Aram – Founder & President, Mounia Aram Company (Morocco)
Paula Boffo – Director, comic artist, Ojo Raro (Argentina)
Maureen Fan – CEO and co-founder, Baobab Studios (USA)

PANEL: How is gender justice a solution to the labor shortage?
The animation industry is experiencing a labor shortage. This panel talks about the future of animation work as well as how people of underrepresented genders are uniquely positioned to help provide solutions to this very real problem.

Moderator: Jill Hopper – Head of Global Production Strategy and Planning, DreamWorks Animation


Adrianna “AJ” Cohen – SVP/Global Head of Feature and Episode Production, Mikros Animation
Ramsey Naito – President, Paramount Animation & Nickelodeon Animation
David Prescott – Senior Vice President, Creative, DNEG Animation

PANEL: Case Studies: Gender Inclusion Programs
Several organizations share how their gender inclusion programs are improving underrepresented people’s access to the animation workforce around the world.

Moderated by: jena olsonCOO, WIA


Deepa Joshi – Co-CEO, Relentless Rains
Delphine Nicolini – Artistic Producer, Les Femmes s’Animent
Sajda Ouachtouki – Senior Manager, Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company (FIAPF/WIA Delegate Program)
Miles Perkins – EU Commercial Director, Media and Entertainment, Epic Games
Vanessa SindeProducer, Ballista

CAT IN THE HEART OF FIRE: Inclusive hiring: Solving the labor shortage in animation
Leaders in global creative talent development, animation and DEI will recap the day’s learnings and discuss the importance of intentional and inclusive talent development as a multifaceted and essential part of meeting unique storytelling needs , artistic authenticity and solutions to labor shortages in animation. industry.

Moderator: Julie-Ann Crommett, Secretary of WIA/Chairman of DEI and Founder and CEO, Collective Moxie; Equity and Inclusion Strategist


Marya Bangee – RISE Vice President – ​​Representation and Inclusion Strategies, The Walt Disney Studios
chris mac – Director | Investment and development of creative talents IO EMEA, Netflix
Janine Weigold – Manager, EMEA Animated Series, Netflix

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