Professional Development
Professional Development
Leading-Edge Toon Boom Animation Techniques

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For Passholders - Professionals and Students.

The next generation of 2D digital animation tools allows artists and animators to surpass the level of quality possible before the introduction of digital productions. Using Toon Boom Harmony, artists can take an idea through to final shot within one production environment. With the addition of Advanced Animation Deformers, Special Effects and 3D Integration the limits of one animator can produce is limitless.
This advanced workshop showcases not only the technology but also preferred workflows of senior artists involved in developing workflows which have quickly become the industry standard. Take your Toon Boom animation skills to the next level by learning some advanced techniques used in animation production.

Storyboard Pro 4 Skills Workshop

For Passholders -  Students and Professionals.  (Preregistration required - call (613-232-8769)

With the launch of Storyboard Pro 4, Artists and Directors now have complete creative control over their projects and productions! With the introduction of advanced “Real Media” drawing tools and an integrated Animatic Editing Pipeline, creative teams can take their projects to the next level faster and more effective than ever before.

In this workshop, walk through the storyboard and animatic workflow using this new technology with industry veterans currently immersed in this exciting new production pipeline. Using “Sidekick” as a case study, see how each artist can go from script to final Animatic using the power of Storyboard pro 4.

Animation Career Fair


If you are looking for an animation school or you are looking for a job in animation, don't miss the Animation Career Fair taking place from 9 AM to 5 PM Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts. Head downstairs to the Kildare Room and meet with the schools at their booths.

Schools in attendance: Algonquin College, Sheridan College, VanArts, Laval University and Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) at Carleton University.

Recruiters: Guru Studios, DHX Halifax, Jam Filled Entertainment, Sony Pictures Animation and Bardel Entertainment

Si vous cherchez à intégrer une école d'animation ou même un emploi dans le domaine de l'animation, ne manquez pas la Foire à l'emploi en animation! L'événement se passe à St. Brigid's de 9h à 17h dans la salle Kildare, au sous-sol de l'édifice. Venez visitez les tables où les représentants des écoles seront ravis de vous parlez! Écoles en présence: Collège Algonquin, Collège Sheridan, VanArts, l'Université Laval et Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) de l'université Carleton. Recruiters: Guru Studios, dhx Halifax, Rainmaker, Jam Filled Entertainment, Sony Pictures Animation et Bardel Entertainment.

Recruiter Confidential

Get first-hand advice on how to sell yourself and your skills for a career in animation! A panel of animation experts kick start the OIAF's professional development presentations, sharing valuable insight and information to help you reach your career goals.

Obtenez des conseils de premier choix sur la meilleure manière de vous vendre et de faire valoir vos compétences pour lancer votre carrière dans l’animation!
Un comité d’experts de l’animation relance les présentations sur le développement professionnel de l’FIAO, partageant des idées et des renseignements précieux pour vous aider à atteindre vos objectifs de

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Brooke Keesling, Animation Guild
Kelsi Taglang, Talent Development and Outreach Supervisor, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Phil Rynda, Director, Kids & Familiy, Netflix
Kyle Mac Dougall, President, Jam Filled Entertainment
Anne Denman, Executive Director, Okanagan International Festival of Animation

Moderated By:
Azarin Sohrabkhani, Director, Industry Programming & Development, Ottawa International Animation Festival

Pixar's LAVA - Get into the Flow with Director James Murphy

The latest short from Pixar is a love letter to volcanoes and the beauty of tropical islands. But even more, it's a musical work of art whose vibrancy and spirit is matched by the enthusiasm of its director, James Murphy. In this screening and discussion, be one of the first audiences in the world to see the film, followed by an in-depth onstage interview and Q&A about how it was made, the Pixar process and how one builds from a passionate idea to an explosive on-screen vision.

Le dernier court-métrage de Pixar est une lettre d’amour adressée aux volcans et à la beauté des îles tropicales. Mais qui plus est, c’est une oeuvre musicale d’art dont le dynamisme et l’esprit font la paire avec l’enthousiasme de son directeur, James Murphy. Dans cette projection et cette discussion, soyez l’un des premiers spectateurs au monde à voir le film, suivi par un entretien détaillé sur scène et des questions et réponses sur la façon dont il a été fait, le processus de Pixar et la façon dont on arrive, à partir d’une idée ardente, à une vision explosive sur l’écran.

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James Murphy, Head of Animation, Pixar Animation Studios

Moderated By:
Jerry Beck, Animation historian, Cartoon Research

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

A behind the scenes look into the hit comedy, Regular Show from Cartoon Network! Key members of the crew will walk through the process from storyboards to final episodes and everything in between. Fun and surprises around every corner, including some behind the scenes footage!

Un coup d’oeil dans les coulisses de la comédie à succès “Regular Show” de Cartoon Network! Des membres-clés de l’équipe exposeront leur processus de fabrication, depuis le storyboard jusqu’aux épisodes aboutis. Surprises et rires sont prévus, notamment grâce aux images filmées dans les coulisses!

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Sean Szeles, Supervising Producer, Cartoon Network Studios
Sam Marin, Voice of Pops, Benson, and Muscleman, Regular Show - Cartoon Network Studios

Moderated By:
Matt Price, Story Editor, Cartoon Network Studios

The Iron Developer

A live development exercise where an artist/writer creative team tweaks a concept based on real-time curve-balls thrown at them by a development person.  Starting out with a character and log-line, a development executive will put the creatives through the paces of aging it up, making it gender-neutral, adding a second screen component, scaling the animation back to fit a budget cut etc.  This is an exercise to give an idea of what happens in the real world to the concepts that come in the door. Moderated by Dave Skwarczek, President and Creative Director at Eat Your Lunch, an LA based broadcast and digital media studio.

Un exercice en direct ou un membre de l’équipe créative doit montrer sa capacité à rebondir à une demande lancée par la production. En partant d’un personnage et d’un synopsis, l’animateur épurera son
travail au fur et à mesure pour parvenir un résultat neutre, sans âge, ni genre ou sexe. Il recyclera des éléments existants pour remodeler son personnage et simplifiera son animation en fonction de réductions budgétaires etc. Cet exercice donne un aperçu des changements que peuvent subir les idées originales au cours de leur réalisation.
Animée par Dave Skwarczek, président et directeur de création à Eat Your Lunch, un studio de distribution et de création numérique basé à L.A.

Calling all Writer/Artist teams!

We’re seeking two eager artist/writer teams that will step up to the plate and participate in this year’s Iron Developer, a live development exercise where the creative teams tweak a concept based on real-time curve-balls thrown at them by a development person.  The event gives the Professional Development Day audience an idea of what happens in the real world to the concepts that come in the door.

Each team will be awarded two full passes to the OIAF and who know what else!

If you’re interested, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with a character design and a log-line!

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Matthew Wexler, CEO & Executive Producer, Wexworks Media
Christy Karacas, Creator, Superjail! on Adult Swim
Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

Moderated By:
Dave Skwarczek, President / Creative Director, Eat Your Lunch

Pen & Ink: Creating Characters with Nickelodeon

Sharpen your pencils and your wits as indie comic book heroes & co-creators Dave Cooper & Johnny Ryan discuss how they created the wildly warped characters in Nickelodeon's forthcoming animated series, PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET.  Joined by Executive Producer David Sacks, the talented trio will share their unique approach to story, comedy and walk you through the magic of character creation with live onstage drawings.  Moderated by: Megan Casey (VP, Current Series Animation)

Taillez vos crayons et vos esprits lorsque les héros indie de bande dessinée et cocréateurs Dave Cooper & Johnny Ryan discutent de quelle façon ils ont créé les personnages follement déformés dans le prochain série animée de Nickelodeon, PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET (COCHON CHÈVRE BANANE GRILLON).
Rejoint par le producteur exécutif David Sacks, ce trio talentueux vous fera partager son approche unique de l’histoire et de la comédie et vous guidera à travers la magie de la création de personnage avec des dessins en direct, sur scène. Animé par: Megan Casey (VP, série actuelle d’animation).

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Dave Cooper, Co-creator, Nickelodeon's PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET
Johnny Ryan, Co-creator, Nickelodeon's PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET
David Sacks, Executive Producer, Nickelodeon's PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET

Moderated By:
Megan Casey, Sr. Manager, Kids & Family, Netflix

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

As The Little Mermaid celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the film's directors Ron Clements and John Musker are still busily working at Walt Disney Studios on new projects. The duo has collaborated on several Disney features including Aladdin (1992), Hercules (1997), Treasure Planet (2002) and The Princess and the Frog (2009). Clements and Musker will share stories from their years at the legendary studio and the fine art of directing some of the world's most memorable films.

Alors que La Petite Sirène célèbre cette année son25e anniversaire, les réalisateurs du film, Ron Clements et John Musker, travaillent toujours activement au Studios de Walt Disney aux nouveaux projets.
Le duo a collaboré à plusieurs longmétrages de Disney, y compris Aladdin (1992), Hercules (1997), Treasure Planet (2002) et The Princess and the Frog (2009).
Clements et Musker partageront des histoires de leurs années passées dans le studio légendaire et l’art de diriger quelques-uns des plus mémorables films du monde.

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Ron Clements, Director, Walt Disney Animation Studios
John Musker, Director, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Moderated By:
Azarin Sohrabkhani, Director, Industry Programming & Development, Ottawa International Animation Festival