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The 2022 Industry Forum is a three-part series of exciting, vital virtual community conversations to celebrate, support, and expand the children’s media field toward a more inclusive future. NYICFF alumni filmmakers and partnering organizations will offer creative inspiration and practical takeaway for industry leaders, aspiring filmmakers and creatives, students, culture workers and educators. This NYICFF event is designed to both ensure and demonstrate the value of a diverse and culturally inclusive workforce from idea to audience.
2022 industry forum events
June 14 — 2:00pm ET / 11am PT
Small is Mighty: Women Forging Paths in Animation
Featuring Marieke Baauw, Mascha Halberstad, and Marleen Slot
We’re shining a spotlight on multitasking animators forging their own, distinct paths to get their work made, including the director-producer team of Mascha Halberstad and Marleen Slot, who launched their own stop-motion studio, Marieke Baauw of the celebrated Oscar-nominated design and animation trio Job, Joris, & Marieke. We’ll look at creative business models that complement animation and enhance value proposition while slaying industry biases. PLUS: discover how small is mighty, from the Netherlands to New York.
June 21 — 5:00pm ET / 2pm PT
Fostering a Diverse Workforce
Featuring Priya Giri Desai, Camrus Johnson, and Huda Razzak
Moderated by Common Sense Media's Laura Ordoñez
We're thrilled to kick off the conversation with BIPOC filmmakers whose successes we celebrate and whose insights we will glean. Emerging and aspiring creators and students will leave with a roadmap for how to get their foot in the door. PLUS: best practices for studios and platforms to identify and support new talent telling diverse stories.
June 28 — 5:00pm ET / 2pm PT
STEM Stories on Screen
Featuring Kerri Grant, Nic Yulo, Liam Cohen, and Scott Cohen
Whether you are an educator, a change maker, a science and film nerd, or just love a good lab coat, join us to discover the profound impact that representation can have in supporting science-based careers and study and the outsized impact of representing diverse stories for women and girls to pursue STEM careers. PLUS: how to use these films and related materials to spark real change in the classroom and beyond.
2021 speakers & guests
Co-founder of Rise Up Animation, director of Netflix's Canvas, producer of Oscar®-winning short Hair Love
Founder and CEO of Queer Kid Creative, co-host of Queer Kid Stuff, and host of Activist, You!
Virtual Intensive Training Intern, The Animation Project
CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Television Academy Foundation
NYICFF Award-winning director (Welcome to My Life), creator of Netflix's City of Ghosts
Director of Flip the Record (NYICFF 2018) and What Isn’t There, and founder of Cinema Sala
Director of Buladó (NYICFF 2021) and Helium
Co-founder of Rise Up Animation, Executive Producer of The Christmas Chronicles
Director, NYICFF 2021 Grand Prize winner Vanille
Writer/director of Amelia's Closet (NYICFF 2017), writer, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
Writer of La Serenata and When We Love Someone We Sing to Them, professor at University of Oregon
Producer, NYICFF 2021 Award-winner Buladó
Head Writer at 9 Story Media
Head of Cinekid for Professionals
Co-executive producer and director of The Casagrandes
New York Times bestselling writer, showrunner of Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Filmmaker, Artistic Recruiter at Titmouse, and co-lead for Women in Animation, NYC Chapter
Lead Creative Arts Therapist,The Animation Project
Founder, Center for Scholars and Storytellers, UCLA research scientist
Creative manager and producer, Silvergate Media and NYICFF Programming Committee member
2022 speakers & guests
NYICFF Award-winning (2017's Heads Together), Oscar®-nominated filmmaker of the animation studio Job, Joris, & Marieke
UC Santa Barbara PhD candidate in experimental condensed matter physics; longtime NYICFF attendee
Actor (Gilmore Girls, Billions); adjunct professor, Hunter College; NYICFF Board of Directors; parent to Liam
Executive Producer, BWA Studios; talent consultant and recruiter; NYICFF Board of Directors
Award-winning writer; Executive Producer of Netflix's Ada Twist, Scientist
Animator and director of NYICFF 2022 Opening Night film OINK; co-founder, Holy Motion Studio
Two-time NYICFF Award-winning filmmaker (2022's She Dreams at Sunrise and 2020's Grab My Hand: A Letter to My Dad); actor (DC's Batwoman)
Head of Podcast Ratings and Reviews, Common Sense Media
Production Assistant, Netflix Animation; 2022 NYICFF Jury Award-winning filmmaker of The Ocean Duck
Producer or NYICFF 2022's OINK and SWOP; co-founder, Holy Motion Studio
Director of NYICFF 2022's Horizon and Knights in Newark; award-winning writer; illustrator; children's book author