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We have always advocated for a more diverse and inclusive world for kids on screen. In 2020 we raised the call behind the scenes and launched our industry initiative, Toward an Inclusive Future, to jumpstart actionable conversations among experienced and rising creators of media and entertainment for kids. Once again, The NYICFF Industry Forum will host local, national, and international creative and cultural practitioners—100% online. Join us for frank and insightful conversations and help shape the future of kids' storytelling.

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.

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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.

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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.

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2021 speakers & guests

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Frank Abney
Co-founder of Rise Up Animation, director of Netflix's Canvas, producer of Oscar®-winning short Hair Love
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Lindz Amer
Founder and CEO of Queer Kid Creative, co-host of Queer Kid Stuff, and host of Activist, You!
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Masuma Begum
Virtual Intensive Training Intern, The Animation Project
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Reginald De Guillebon
President, Folimage
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Madeline Di Nonno
CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Television Academy Foundation
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Elizabeth Ito
NYICFF Award-winning director (Welcome to My Life), creator of Netflix's City of Ghosts
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Marie Jamora
Director of Flip the Record (NYICFF 2018) and What Isn’t There, and founder of Cinema Sala
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Eché Janga
Director of Buladó (NYICFF 2021) and Helium
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Monica Lago-Kaytis
Co-founder of Rise Up Animation, Executive Producer of The Christmas Chronicles
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Guillaume Lorin
Director, NYICFF 2021 Grand Prize winner Vanille
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Halima Lucas
Writer/director of Amelia's Closet (NYICFF 2017), writer, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
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Ernesto Javier Martínez
Writer of La Serenata and When We Love Someone We Sing to Them, professor at University of Oregon
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Koji Nelissen
Producer, NYICFF 2021 Award-winner Buladó
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Halcyon Person
Head Writer at 9 Story Media
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Nienke Poelsma
Head of Cinekid for Professionals
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Miguel Puga
Co-executive producer and director of The Casagrandes
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Noelle Stevenson
New York Times bestselling writer, showrunner of Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
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Ellen Su
Filmmaker, Artistic Recruiter at Titmouse, and co-lead for Women in Animation, NYC Chapter
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Nala Turner
Lead Creative Arts Therapist,The Animation Project
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Yalda T. Uhls, PhD
Founder, Center for Scholars and Storytellers, UCLA research scientist
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Emerald Wright-Collie
Creative manager and producer, Silvergate Media and NYICFF Programming Committee member

2022 speakers & guests

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Marieke Blaauw
NYICFF Award-winning (2017's Heads Together), Oscar®-nominated filmmaker of the animation studio Job, Joris, & Marieke
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Liam Cohen
UC Santa Barbara PhD candidate in experimental condensed matter physics; longtime NYICFF attendee
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Scott Cohen
Actor (Gilmore Girls, Billions); adjunct professor, Hunter College; NYICFF Board of Directors; parent to Liam
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Priya Giri Desai
Executive Producer, BWA Studios; talent consultant and recruiter; NYICFF Board of Directors
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Kerri Grant
Award-winning writer; Executive Producer of Netflix's Ada Twist, Scientist
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Mascha Halberstad
Animator and director of NYICFF 2022 Opening Night film OINK; co-founder, Holy Motion Studio
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Camrus Johnson
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)
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Laura Ordoñez
Head of Podcast Ratings and Reviews, Common Sense Media
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Huda Razzak
Production Assistant, Netflix Animation; 2022 NYICFF Jury Award-winning filmmaker of The Ocean Duck
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Marleen Slot
Producer or NYICFF 2022's OINK and SWOP; co-founder, Holy Motion Studio
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Nic Yulo
Director of NYICFF 2022's Horizon and Knights in Newark; award-winning writer; illustrator; children's book author

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