Professional Development
Professional Development
Professional Development

Professional Development Day and The Animation Career Fair

Each year the Festival hosts a day of presentations from the industry bigwigs aimed at students, young animators and fans looking to unwrap the mysteries of the major animation studios. Professional Development Day was created to provide an opportunity to festival goers who want to gain access and insights into what can at first seem like an intimidating area of the animation world. Returning to Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, the packed day features a variety of panels, master classes, info sessions, in-depth interviews and Q&As. Past presentations have featured animation experts from Pixar, Cartoon Network, Disney and Nickelodeon. These experts share an enthusiastic and personalized account of the life of an industry professional, along with thoughts on their creative process. They provide valuable insight on the ins and outs of working in the industry, and information on how to help you reach your career goals. Take this advice on selling your skills for a career in animation downstairs to the Kildare Room for the Animation Career Fair (more on that below!) 

With a range of speakers, including producers and directors, showcasing their work, at Professional Development Day you will also get an exclusive, behind the scenes look at some of the best from the major studios. Learn about how your favourite tv series and films were made, get a preview on upcoming work and see how an idea evolves through each stage of production. Stay tuned here for exciting 2017 line-up announcements!


Past Highlights Include:

The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short “Sanjay’s Super Team”

Director Sanjay Patel and producer Nicole Grindle gave an insightful peek behind the curtains at Pixar Animation Studio's Oscar nominated short, "Sanjay's Super Team." The filmmakers discussed the production process as well as the unique inspiration for this incredibly personal film. 

"Doughnuts fo-shonuts!": Behind-the-scenes of Regular Show

The Emmy Award winning series from Cartoon Network returned for another fun and unpredictable presentation. Key members of the crew walked through the process from storyboards to final episodes and everything in between, with some exclusive footage. 

Pen & Ink: Creating Characters with Nickelodeon

Indie comic book heroes & co-creators Dave Cooper & Johnny Ryan discussed how they created the wildly warped characters in Nickelodeon's animated series, Pig Goat Banana Cricket. Joined by Executive Producer David Sacks, the talented trio shared their unique approach to story, comedy and did a walk-through on character creation with live onstage drawings. 

In Conversation with Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Ron Clements & John Musker

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Little Mermaid, the film's directors Ron Clements and John Musker sat down with Director of Industry Programming Azarin Sohrabkhani for an in-depth interview. The duo are still busily working at Walt Disney Studios on new projects, and have collaborated on several Disney features including Aladdin (1992) and The Princess and the Frog (2009). Clements and Musker shared stories from their years at the legendary studio and the fine art of directing some of the world's most memorable films.


Animation Career Fair 

If you are looking for the perfect animation school or the right job in animation, do not miss the Animation Career Fair. This is your chance to chat one-on-one with representatives from some of the top animation schools and studios. Gain valuable information and make important connections. Bring your portfolio and take the first step in your career. Everyone starts here!

This year’s Professional Development Day & Animation Career Fair takes place Saturday, September 23 at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts. Mark your calendars!