Taking place at the University of California (USC), Women in Animation, USC, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), and CalArts are hosting a symposium in October. The aim is to empower more women and LGBTQ+ people by highlighting their contributions in the world of animation as well as explore solutions to sexual harassment, bias and lack of diversity in the industry.
Marge Dean, president of Women in Animation comments, “We believe strongly in the next generation of artists and filmmakers and are honored to join in presenting this inspiring slate of speakers.”
The symposium will have keynote speakers Brown Johnson and Brenda Chapman both of whom have backgrounds in animation. Brown Johnson has worked on both animation and children’s TV including Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer and Clarissa Explains It All whilst Brenda Chapman is the write of a number of Disney movies. Her credits include Brave, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Maureen Furniss, director of the CalArts Experimental Animation Program says, “With all the media coverage of women’s issues right now, it’s easy to presume that change is on the way. It will take a total shift in the culture, after sustained effort, to see any lasting effects. This event brings focus to important issues and provides a sense of solidarity among women at all levels: executives, established artists, and students eager to join the animation world.”
It will be between 5th and 7th October 2018 and have a number of events including panel,s presentations and screenings. For tickets visit their website here.
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