The
Animation
Conference

TAC is an industry forum that brings together over 500 influential content creators and buyers. Heavily focused on networking, the event hosts panels, keynotes, and pitching opportunities with the goal to foster the growth of the animation industry.

Introduced in 2004 to meet the industry’s need for a North American setting in which to meet, discuss industry trends, and do business in an intimate and laidback environment, TAC connects Canadian producers and content creators with international partners and offers animation professionals in television and new media a busy schedule of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking events.

TAC is the only event in Canada designed to cater to professionals in the animation industry, including those working in content creation, development, production, distribution, and marketing.

This year’s event takes place September 21-23, 2022.

TAC 2021 by the numbers:

 

719

TAC Passholders

 

 

214

Fast Track Meetings

 

 

43

Talks & Networking Events

 

TAC Pitching

TAC is an invaluable resource for the animation industry, offering two specialized programs dedicated to pitching:

Pitch THIS!

TAC’s signature pitching competition (with a mentorship component) introduces up-and-coming creators with key industry contacts and a chance to win a prize package valued at $10,000 CAD.

Fast Track

TAC’s speed-pitching event, pairing creators and producers with development and acquisitions executives and international buyers. Executives can sign up here to take pitches and receive a complimentary TAC Pass (valued at over $600 CAD).

 

 

TAC Networking

In addition to the many parties and social events throughout the Festival, TAC offers a number of networking events specially created to help you mingle with your targets, build relationships with your peers, and have a good time doing it.

Toon Boom Boat Cruise

TAC’s beloved opening night party takes place on the scenic Ottawa River with an open bar.

Co-Pro Focus

A spotlight on international companies looking to partner with Canadian producers and information about Canada’s international co-production treaties.

The Animators’ Picnic

Presented by Cartoon Network Studios, the picnic marks the closing afternoon of TAC, bringing together executives, artists, filmmakers, and animation students for pumpkin carving contests, food, and drink.

Also at TAC

The Delegate Lounge, Networking Luncheons, and Happy Hours.

 

 

TAC Programming

TAC offers a wealth of knowledge through its exclusive talks and panels, as well as access to screenings and other Festival programming.

Industry Panels and Talks

TAC offers a series of panels exploring current industry issues, including technology trends, co-productions, successful content creation and much more.

Past speakers have included:

  • Seth Green and Matthew Senreich (Robot Chicken)
  • Lauren Faust (My Little Pony)
  • Mike Rianda (The Mitchells vs. the Machines)
  • Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
  • Daniel Chong (We Bare Bears)
  • David Silverman (The Simpsons)

OIAF Screenings

TAC Delegates can take in OIAF screenings including the competition screenings (features, shorts, Young Audience, Animated Series, VR), special screenings and retrospectives, and out-of-competition panorama screenings as well as talks, activities, and parties. Your TAC Pass gives you access to the entire Festival during TAC, while a TAC AnimaPass includes TAC and the entire five days of OIAF.

 

 

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