Pitching Opportunities
Pitching Opportunities

Pitching Opportunities
TAC offers two specialized programs dedicated to pitching: Pitch THIS! and Fast Track


digital_dimension_logo_2018.jpgDo you have a great idea for an animated series for kids?     

Pitch THIS! is TAC's signature opportunity to show off your new project! TEN pitches will be selected and the creators will be paired with industry mentors who will help them develop their ideas. 

All ten pitches will be presented on Wednesday, September 25th for final selection. Two lucky finalists will be selected to take the stage and compete for the coveted grand prize at the official Pitch THIS! event on Thursday, September 26th. The finalists will pitch to a panel of platform execs and the entire TAC audience, which will include over 350 potential buyers and financiers within the industry.

The winner will be awarded a grand prize including:
•    $5,000 cash prize from Digital Dimension
•    Toon Boom Animation Software licenses for Harmony and Storybook Pro, plus training!*
•    Entertainment Legal Services from Edwards PC, Creative Law

Entering Pitch THIS!
•    Open to Canadian projects only (creation team must include at least one Canadian resident or citizen)
•    Maximum of 2 submissions will be accepted per production company
•    Pitched series should be aimed at children ages 2—11
•    Accepted formats: Web links or PDF
•    The submission deadline has been extended to August 23rd, 2019, 5 pm EST

Proposals should include:
•    Project synopsis, including logline and character descriptions
•    At least one episode synopsis
•    Concept art
•    Bios of key creators

Send your Pitch THIS! proposals to: presentations[at]animationfestival.ca

NOTE: Full TAC passes are available to selected participants at a 50% discount. Without a TAC pass, selected participants will be admitted ONLY to the two Pitch THIS! related events. 

*Toon Boom prize details: 1-year license of Harmony Premium and Storyboard Pro. Half a day personalized online training. Must claim licenses and training before October 2020. 

Speed pitching sessions for animation content creators.  

If you plan to pitch a project, find the perfect production company for your ideas, and establish important relations, Fast Track will get you there. Fast Track gives you one shot to meet with each of your targets for 12-minute long “speed pitching” meetings. 

Fast Track’s line-up consists of producers, platforms, and distributors from around the globe! These executives come from a wide range of production interests and expectations and will be looking for features, shorts, and TV series. Target audiences range from preschool to adult. Content ranges from gender-specific to gender-neutral. Styles range from visually-driven to dialogue-driven.   

Fast Track is exclusively for fully registered TAC passholders.
  TAC passholders must complete a brief PRE-SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE that will be used to determine eligibility for Fast Track. The registration portal will open at 12 pm Eastern Time on Thursday September 5th and close at 5 pm Eastern Time on Friday September 20th.

Executives are being updated below on an ongoing basis. 

Fast Track Executives
Raquel Benitez, CEO/Executive Producer, Comet Entertainment Inc.
Shannon Bishop, Manager, Creative Affairs, Entertainment One, Family & Brands
Mary Bredin, President/Creative Producer, Team TO/Green Tiger Club
Jordan Cavallo, Senior Manager, Acquisitions, Distribution360
Lisa Cinelli, Producer, Development and Co-Productions Children’s and Youth Programming, CBC Kids
Oneida Crawford, Development Coordinator, Muse Entertainment Enterprises Inc.
Ghislain Cyr, President & Producer, Sardine Productions Inc.
Andrew Davies, CEO & Executive Producer, Studio Moshi
Sandrine de Saint Sardos, Consultant/Strategist in Co-productions, Productions, Creative Development, and Distribution,
Jean de Vivie, Executive Producer, Image-in Atlantic
Vu Dieu Linh Do, Head of Product Marketing and Distribution, VinTaTa Animation Studio
Hugues Dufour, Production Executive, Teletoon, Original Programming, Corus Entertainment
Fred Faubert, Chief Creative Officer, Digital Dimension
Amanda Feder, Programming Coordinator - Acquisitions, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Mike Geiger, Creative Director, Industrial Brothers
Tanya Green, Head of Animated Series, Sinking Ship Entertainment
Guy Harvey, Animation Content Manager, Digital Dimension
Andrew Healey, Development Executive, Portfolio Entertainment
Kirsten Hurd, Acquisitions, TVOkids, TVOkids
Brandon Lane, Development Producer, Nelvana
Scott Lowe, Producer, Renegade Animation
Rachel Marcus, Vice President, Creative Development, Guru Studio
Kayla McNally, Development Manager, Boat Rocker Studios Kids & Family
Cory Morrison, Executive Vice President of Development, Big Jump Entertainment
Dave Padbury, Development Coordinator, Guru Studio
Valérie Peltier, Youth Cinema Acquisitions Agent, Groupe Média TFO
Todd Ramsay, Creative Director, Yeti Farm Creative
Nicole Rivera, Director of Development, Original Series, Cartoon Network
Sylvie Rochon, Content Producer, Digital Dimension
Adam Rumanek, Founder / CEO, Aux Mode
Nancy Florence Savard, President & Producer, 10th Ave Productions
Coral Schoug, Producer, Kids & Family, Sonar Entertainment
Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Rose Stacey, Coordinator, Atomic Originals, Atomic Cartoons
Asalle Tanha, Manager of Development, Cartoon Network Studios
Valérie Tannier, Senior Manager, Original Content and Programming - Youth Dept, Radio-Canada
François Trudel, VP & Executive Producer, Groupe PVP Inc.
Jermaine Turner, Exec Director - Development, Disney Television Animation
Tim Tyler, Producer / Director, Cheshire Smile Animation Inc.
Kitty Walsh, Manager Development, Disney Jr.
Ariel Waymouth, Supervising Producer, Studio Moshi
Travis Williams, Director of Development, Mercury Filmworks
David Wollos, Consultant / Agent, TheThinkTank Emporium
Xiaojuan Zhou, President, Attraction Distribution