With Annecy simply across the nook and Pleasure Month now in full swing, Girls in Animation (WIA) has revealed a brand new alliance with GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ+ media advocacy group, to host the 2023 WIA World Summit on the Annecy Worldwide Animation Competition.
Key visitors collaborating on this yr’s summit embody Nimona graphic novel creator and movie co-producer ND Stevenson; Shrek director Vicky Jenson – who can be internet hosting an Annecy WIP session for her upcoming movie Spellbound; Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation president Ramsey Naito; BAFTA New Expertise-winning filmmaker Anna Ginsburg; and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner).
The seventh annual WIA World Summit will kick off on Monday, June twelfth on the Impérial Palace Lodge a day-long program together with panels and targeted conversations spotlighting key thought leaders, filmmakers, and executives from all over the world discussing gender justice — a system of fairness and equity for folks of all genders, gender identities and shows.
As is all the time the case with WIA’s summits, this yr’s occasion shall be live-streamed and accessible to the general public by way of the WIA web site beginning at 9:30 a.m. CEST/12:30 a.m. PST. It’s going to even be recorded and uploaded to the WIA web site for future viewing.
WIA President Marge Dean mentioned of this yr’s summit:
WIA is proud to collaborate with GLAAD in service of our shared imaginative and prescient of gender justice in animation. We look ahead to gathering so many key thought leaders to debate this yr’s theme, ‘Break the Field: Redefining Gender and Management.’ The day shall be stuffed with thought-provoking, strong discussions on the complexity of gender, together with all of the wonderful issues that may occur in our business when folks break away from stereotypes and societal expectations.
GLADD senior director of leisure analysis and evaluation Megan Townsend added:
I’m so excited to be becoming a member of WIA for a day stuffed with impactful conversations on gender and storytelling. As we see a rise in anti-LGBTQ payments right here within the U.S., genuine and inclusive storytelling is extra impactful than ever in each combatting disinformation and uplifting our voices. The inclusive animated movies and sequence highlighted at Annecy and thru WIA’s work shall be seen by audiences of all ages the world over and might spark conversations that speed up acceptance for households of every kind.
Right here’s how WIA describes this yr’s WIA World Summit program:
Session One – Unpacking: What’s Gender?
- This instructional session led by Megan Townsend, GLAAD senior director of leisure analysis & evaluation, unpacks the language and common assumptions of gender, the methods we’re all impacted by these assumptions, and the way we are able to transfer nearer to the fact of gender justice in our international business.
Session Two – Genuine Storytelling
- Our experiences, values, and identities are foundational to the tales we inform. This panel – moderated by Tendayi Nyeke and together with Paula Boffo, artistic director at Ojo Raro; cartoonist and author Molly Knox Ostertag; and author and animator Leslie Pulsifer – explores the methods by which gender shapes who we’re and the tales and artwork we create in consequence.
Session Three – Main Various Artistic Groups
- Main artistic groups comes with distinctive rewards and challenges, particularly when the tales being instructed are deeply private. This panel, moderated by WIA president, Marge Dean, examines how leaders can reject gendered expectations and harness the artistic energy of a various workforce. Panelists embody Emilie Walmsley, head of animation for Eddy Animation; ND Stevenson, writer and illustrator of Nimona and creator/showrunner of She-Ra: Princesses of Energy; award-winning filmmaker and director at Unusual Beast, Anna Ginsburg; and Noriko Matsumoto, government producer and model director at Dwarf Studio.
Session 4 – Redefining Danger as Funding
- Danger and failure are integral elements of the artistic course of. Moderated by Julie Ann Crommett, this panel — that includes Deepa Joshi, co-CEO of Incessant Rain animation studios; Nosipho Maketo-van den Bragt, president and founding father of Chocolate Tribe; Lou Bones, artistic expertise director at PSYOP; and director of Shrek and the upcoming Spellbound, Vicky Jenson — explores the inequitable results of success in addition to failure for artistic leaders who’re traditionally underrepresented in our business. What can we study when issues don’t go as deliberate? How can we reframe threat and failure to create a extra equitable business?
Closing Hearth Chat – Genuine Management
- On this hearth chat with Ramsey Naito, president, Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, and Nora Twomey, co-Founder & artistic director of Cartoon Saloon, we study artistic management by the lens of gender and discover what is feasible after we embrace management types which might be genuine. We’ll additionally discover how leaders who break the field can successfully collaborate to make sustainable change of their group and in our business.