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The World Animation Summit Returns This November

The animation calendar is packed every year with exciting events. Festivals, conventions, conferences and summits take place for animation fans and professionals. One upcoming annual event is The World Animation Summit the leading West Coast event for staying up-to-date with current trends and technologies in animation and VFX. The summit takes place from November 1-3 on the grounds of the historic Garland Hotel in North Hollywood.

The summit is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Hall Of Fame Awards. The awards will be given out by presenter Eric Bauza, the voice actor known for playing Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck and many more, during the opening night gala.

The three-day summit will feature special keynotes, panels and networking breakfasts, lunches, screenings and parties with top tier executive and creative talent representing various aspects of the industry.

Hall Of Fame Recipients 2023

Hayao Miyazaki
Co-Founder, Studio Ghibli
Director, The Boy and the Heron [Ghibli, GKIDS]
Lifetime Achievement Award

Jennifer Lee
Chief Creative Officer
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Mediawan Kids & Family
International Studio of the Year
President Julien Borde

Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse [Sony Pictures Animation]
New Vision Award

Sam Fell
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget [Aardman, Netflix]

Floyd Norman
Disney Legend

Gina Shay
Trolls Band Together [DreamWorks]

Shuzo John Shiota
Polygon Pictures

Tara Sorensen
Head of Children’s Programming
Apple TV+

Conference highlights include

  • Breakfast with DreamWorks TV Chief Creative Officer Peter Gal
  • Creative Keynotes by Pixar writer/director Peter Sohn (Elemental), Hair Love and Young Love creator Matthew A. Cherry, The Inventor writer/director Jim Capobianco, and Dan Abraham and Trent Corey, writers/directors of Disney’s acclaimed short, Once Upon a Studio.
  • Award Season Feature Panel featuring the directors of 2023’s biggest animated movies, including Sam Fell (Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget), Peter Sohn (Elemental), Nick Bruno and Troy Quane (Nimona), Kirk DeMicco (Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken), Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin D. Thompson (Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse), Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (The Super Mario Bros. Movie), Jeff Rowe (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem), Walt Dohrn (Trolls Band Together), Peter Sohn (Elemental) and Chris Buck (Wish).
  •  Awards Season Shorts Panel including a screening of the year's best shorts. Features  Once Upon a Studio, I’m Hip, The Day I Became a Bird, Starling, 27, Letter to a Pig, Rosemary A.D., Our Uniform, Amarradas and Daffy in Wackyland.
  • How to create the perfect pre-school show for today's audience. With Tom Warburton (Muppet Babies, Kindergarten: The Musical), Rachel Larsen (The Tiny Chef Show), Mike Roth (Merry Little Batman), Guy Toubes (Cocomalone) and Adriano Schmid (PBS Kids).
  • Meet the masterminds behind the year’s exciting new adult animation scene. With Sean Buckelew (Scavengers Reign), Steve Levy (Krapopolis, Strange Planet, Rick & Morty), Vivien Medrano (Hazbin Hotel) and Jane Wu (Blue Eye Samurai).
  • The art of adapting comic-book properties to award-winning animated shows. With Raymond S. Persi (Snoopy Presents One-of-a-Kind MarcieSimon Racioppa (Invincible) and Steve Loter (Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur).
  •  Animation executives discuss what they’re looking for this year. With Kari Kim (Nickelodeon), Dave Jargowski (FOX Ent.), Julian Malagon (Sony Pictures TV, Kids) and Stacy Kim (Warner Bros. Animation).
  •  What’s New: Exploring new frontiers in animation technology. With David Levy (Pink Fong), Walid Omar (Lil Critter Workshop), Daisy Wall (WildBrain) and John Derevlany.
  • The year of the comeback brands. With Rob David (Mattel), Erin Gibson (Warner Bros. Animation), Sadaf Muncy (Happy Nest), Claudia Spinelli (Nickelodeon), and Rob Hudnut.

More events will be announced soon. Head over to the website to get your tickets now. “Despite all the challenges our industry has faced over the past year, 2023 has shaped up to be quite an amazing year for animation. Once again, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate and spotlight the vitality of our business and community and to spotlight the achievements of the creative forces in the animation industry,” says Summit founder and president and publisher of Animation Magazine Jean Thoren. “We invite all our friends in the global animation industry to join us once again at this one-of-a-kind event. We can’t wait to catch up with everyone and learn about the latest innovations and thrilling new projects at the Summit this year.”