Art + Biz Day

Sept 27, 2024

Co-presented with:

Art + Biz Day: BRIC @ TAC

Helping all creators find their career path


OIAF in partnership with BRIC Foundation presents Art + Biz Day: BRIC @ TAC at the National Arts Centre (NAC) 1 Elgin Street. Art + Biz Day includes a full morning of programming focused on breaking, reinventing, impacting, and changing the animation industry. Open to all TAC and Animapass passholders.

BRIC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit company dedicated to increasing representation in Entertainment, Gaming, Media and Tech. Founded in 2018 by Alison Mann, Nicole Hendrix, and Jill Gilbert, BRIC Foundation was created to change how entertainment companies approach and discuss hiring around diversity. By teaming up with Education, Government, Non-Profit, and Industry partners, BRIC is proud to be creating equitable pathways for future generations of diverse creators to tell their stories and make an impact on the world. More information can be found here:

Day 3: Panels and Activities

Friday, September 27

National Arts Centre (NAC), 1 Elgin St. 

Advice from Animators

Canada Room

Alison Mann (Co-Founder, BRIC Foundation & Talent Manager and President of Fourth Wall Animation at Fourth Wall Management)

Embark on a journey with seasoned animation industry professionals! Uncover valuable insights on professional growth, building connections, acing interviews, and securing future employment. This gathering of veterans aims to provide reassurance, optimism, and motivation as you navigate the industry and the next chapter of your career


Alison Mann, Co-Founder, BRIC Foundation


Examining One’s “Self” with Pixar SparkShort Director Searit Huluf

Canada Room

Named one of the Top 10 Animators to Watch on Variety, Searit Huluf is here to dive into her incredible career journey, discuss challenges, and celebrate her achievements as an Animation & Live-Action Director, Writer, and Producer. This one-on-one conversation with Aubry Mintz, Executive Director of ASIFA-Hollywood, and time for audience Q&A will explore Searit’s inspirations, foundation, and dynamic career within the animation industry, which will include a short Behind-the-Scenes presentation of the making of Self. Join Searit to contemplate ideas for finding opportunities and minimizing systemic challenges, while empowering the next generation of animators to pursue their dreams and step into leadership roles, including as directors.

Guest: Searit Huluf, director of Self

Moderator: Aubry Mintz, Executive Director, ASIFA-Hollywood



Navigating the Animation Pipeline: Industry Roles & Career Strategies

Canada Room

Join Alison Mann, Talent Manager/President of Animation at Fourth Wall Management and Co-Founder of the BRIC Foundation, for a presentation about Navigating the Animation Pipeline. In addition to exploring the various roles that exist within the animation industry, Alison will share strategies designed to advance your career, including BRIC’s new Digital Badging program, portfolio best practices, and interview tips.

Speaker: Alison Mann, Co-Founder, BRIC Foundation


Meet a Mentor Sessions

Le Salon

Are you an emerging creator looking to forge connections at the OIAF? Entry-level members of the animation industry can sign up for a 10 minute meeting with a studio representative and/or industry experts. Priority access will be given to participants from underserved communities. These are meetings where participants can ask for demo reel reviews, pitch projects, gain portfolio feedback, and make new connections in the animation industry.

The sign-up link is coming soon!


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