25. Mai 2017 Johannes Wolters


May 23, 2017


Sponsored by The Walt Disney Studios, symposium will feature presentations and panels

spotlighting top executives and filmmakers from around the world

discussing key topics affecting women working in the animation industry today


Los Angeles, CA — Women in Animation (WIA) and Les Femmes s’Animent (LFA), together with The Walt Disney Studios, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD) and Hiventy, are pleased to present the very first WOMEN IN ANIMATION WORLD SUMMIT in conjunction with the Annecy International Animation Festival and Mifa 2017.

The WOMEN IN ANIMATION WORLD SUMMIT will take place on Monday, June 12th at the Impérial Palace Hotel (Allée de l’Impérial, 74000 Annecy) and will feature a day-long symposium of panels and discussions covering a range of topics such as “Exploring Unconscious Bias,” “50/50 by 2025 – How Are We Getting There?” “Developing Diverse Stories” and “Artist Experiences.”

„Annecy has always been a place of debate and exchange, and we are proud to support and welcome such great dialogue during the first-ever WOMEN IN ANIMATION WORLD SUMMIT at Mifa. Our support of this initiative carries on from our festival theme of honoring women in 2015, and the two years of rich collaborations with WIA and LFA that have followed,“ added Mickael Marin, CITIA Managing Director, Head of Economic Development & Mifa.

“During Mifa 2014, we invited Marge Dean and other women from WIA to present their work promoting women in the animation industry. This inspired a group of women in France to launch a sister organization in 2015, Les Femmes s’Animent (LFA). This year in Annecy, LFA is thrilled to co-host the first WOMEN IN ANIMATION WORLD SUMMIT, as well as a series of breakfast meetings each morning promoting dialogue and consciousness raising. We look forward to welcoming everyone interested in our joint efforts.” says LFA President, Corinne Kouper.

“We are honored to co-host the first WOMEN IN ANIMATION WORLD SUMMIT at Annecy, with Mifa’s continued support of our advocacy,” says WIA co-President Marge Dean. “Our big focus for this year is on recognizing and understanding unconscious bias, an achievement which will help everyone work together towards WIA’s goal of bringing equity to creative leadership in our industry by 2025,” she adds.

The Women in Animation World Summit’s day’s schedule and speaker lineup is:


Impérial Palace Hotel, Rotonde Room


9:30am -10:30am — Exploring Unconscious Bias 

              Julie Ann Crommett (Vice President of Multicultural Audience Engagement at the Walt Disney Studios and WIA Chair of Industry Relations) will present an introduction to the topic of “Unconscious Bias.” Julie Ann will be introduced by WIA co-president, Marge Dean.


10:30am – 12:00pm — 50/50 by 2025 – How Are We Getting There?

            Lindsay Nadler (Director, Human Resources, Walt Disney Animation​ Studios) will lead a discussion with top industry filmmakers and executives such as Jinko Gotoh (Producer, Warner Animation Group and WIA Secretary), Alison Mann (Vice President of Talent, Illumination Entertainment), Corinne Kouper (Director of Development of TeamTo and president, Les Femmes s’Animent) and Lindsay Watson (Animation Producer, CANUK Productions Ltd. and president, Animated Women UK) on how to reach WIA’s goal of 50/50 gender balance in creative leadership roles within the animation industry by 2025.


2:00pm – 3:00pm — Artist Experience

Moderated by Karen Dufilho (Executive Producer, Google Spotlight Stories), this panel will feature artists from all areas of the animation industry – features, TV, shorts, gaming, VR/AR – such as Dorota Kobiela (Co-director, Loving Vincent), Jorge Gutierrez (Writer/Director, ReelFX), Wendy Rogers (VFX Supervisor/Creative Executive, Cirrina Studios), Celine Sciamma (Writer/Director) and Xin Yu (CEO & Creative Director of ShangHai Left Pocket Studio and ShangHai Left Pocket Media) talking about their experiences in the current animation community.


3:00pm – 4:30pm — Developing Diverse Stories

Moderated by Julie Ann Crommett (Vice President of Multicultural Audience Engagement at the Walt Disney Studios and WIA Chair of Industry Relations), this panel featuring Jessica Julius (Creative Executive, Walt Disney Animation Studios), Emilie Blezat (Studio Canal China) and Melissa Cobb (Head of Studio and Chief Creative Officer, Oriental DreamWorks) will be a discussion about developing projects and telling cultural stories with authenticity.


In addition to Monday’s events, Les Femmes s’Animent (LFA) will host a series of breakfast meetings open to all festival attendees Tuesday-Friday, June 13th – Friday, June 16th from 8:30-10:00am at the Brasserie du Parc (12 Rue Centrale, 74940 Annecy-le-Vieux). These meetings will be informal and inspiring gatherings dedicated to promoting and building a better place for women in animation. Each day will cover a new topic and feature an exciting lineup of top female animation talent from around the world:


Tuesday, June 13th

Women Directors in Annecy

Highlighted speakers include: Léa Krawczyk (À Perdre Haleine), Katrin Rothe (1917 – Der Wahre Oktober), Anne Magnusen (The Men Who Knew 75 Languages), Lucrèce Andreae (Pépé le Morse)


Wednesday, June 14th

Women in the Chinese Animation Industry

Highlighted speakers include: Jie Chen (Producer, Big Fish & Begonia), Jiajia (Director), Xin Yu (CEO & Creative Director of ShangHai Left Pocket Studio and ShangHai Left Pocket Media), Monica Huang (Producer), Chao Wang (Jury Annecy films des fin d’études)


Thursday, June 15th

The Women of: My Life as A Zucchini & The Man Woman Case     

Highlighted speakers include: Armelle Giorennec, (Producer, My Life as a Zucchini) Marianne Chazelas (First Assistant Director, My Life as a Zucchin)i, Kim Keukeleire (Director of Animation, My Life as a Zucchini), Christel Grandchamp, (Costume Designer, My Life as a Zucchini) Vanessa Riera (Costume Designer, My Life as a Zucchini), Joëlle Oosterlinck (Scriptwriter, The Man Man Case) Anaïs Caura (Writer/Director, The Man Woman Case),), and Hélène Gendronneau (Producer, The Man Woman Case).

Friday, June 16th

Engaged & Emerging Filmmakers dialogue with Bonnie Arnold                      

Highlighted speakers include: Bonnie Arnold (President, DreamWorks Animation), Anca Damian (Director, Crulic, The Magic Mountain), Iryna Kosttyuk (Producer, Mavka, the Forest Song), Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec  (Co-director, The Swallows of Kabu and Dorota Kobiela (Director, Loving Vincent).


Women in Animation (WIA) envisions a world in which women share fully in the creation, production and rewards of animation, resulting in richer and more diverse entertainment and media that move our culture forward. The mission of WIA is to bring together a global community of animation professionals to empower and support women in the art, science and business of animation by increasing access to resources, creating opportunities for education, encouraging strong connections between individuals, and inspiring excellence. For more information or to join WIA, please visit http://www.womeninanimation.org.


The French association Les Femmes s’Animent (LFA) is dedicated to raising awareness in gender discrepancies and stereotypes in all facets of the animation industry.  We work to encourage equal opportunity for women in the creation, production and distribution of animation. We share a common goal with women’s organizations across the globe whose combined efforts hope to insure 50/50 in 2025. More information on the organization can be found here: http://lesfemmessaniment.fr.

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