Fast Track 

Sept 25 – 26, 2024


Speed-pitching sessions for animation content creators.

Available exclusively to TAC Pass holders.


If you plan to pitch a project, find the perfect production company for your ideas, and establish important relationships, Fast Track will help you get there! Fast Track: Classic provides creators with direct access to pitch their animated projects to leading executives for up to four 12-minute speed-pitching meetings. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Fast Track: Pitch Development provides creators with projects in earlier stages of development, to receive valuable feedback on their pitch bible and presentation.

Fast Track’s line-up of leading executives consists of producers and buyers from platforms and distributors from around the world! These executives reflect a wide range of production interests and expectations, and will be looking for:

    • Series, shorts, features, and VR/AR projects
    • Target audiences ranging from preschool to adult
    • Development stages from concepts to completed projects
    • Content from any market (worldwide)


New This Year

TAC attendees must have all of the following elements to participate in a Fast Track Classic meeting

    1. Project info: title, genre, demographic, format
    2. Logline and synopsis
    3. Character descriptions/biographies
    4. Concept Art
    5. At least one episode synopsis (if pitching a series)
    6. Key creator biographies

If you do not have all of these elements before the festival, you can register to participate in the ‘Fast Track: Pitch Development’ session. 

Animation content creators looking to participate in Fast Track ‘Classic’ or ‘Pitch Development’ sessions: 

Producers, distributors, broadcasters looking to take pitches at Fast Track: 

  • Log in to the OIAF Visitor Portal or create a new account
  • Complete the ‘TAC: Buyer Accreditation Form’

If you have any questions or concerns please contact: Henzy, Pitching & Industry Events Coordinator


Fast Track Participants

The list of participating executives will be updated on an ongoing basis, check back here throughout the summer for new additions.  

Preliminary 2024 participants include:

Annick De Vries, Producer, Image-in Productions (Canada)

Dave Padbury, Producer, Guru Studios (Canada)

Genna du Plessis, Producer, Industrial Brothers (Canada)

Grégory Magné Grand, Director, Film & Series Development, Tonic DNA (Canada)

Katie Wilson, Vice President, Channels & Global Acquisitions, Wild Brain (Canada)

Kayla McNally, Senior Director, Current Series, Kids & Family, Boat Rocker (Canada)

Kirsten Hurd, Commissioning Editor, TVO Kids (Canada)

Marcio Shima, Business Developer & Executive Producer, Hype Animation (Brazil)

Melissa Vega, Head of Sales and Acquisitions, Folivari (France)

Sierra Martin-Persi, Supervising Producer, A Studio Digital / Bento Box (USA)

Tommy Gillespie, Senior Director, Content Production, PBS Kids (USA)

If you are a buyer interested in taking pitches at Fast Track please contact: Henzy, Pitching & Industry Events Coordinator

2023 Fast Track Participants:

2023 Participating Executives Included:

James Belfer, Founder and CEO, Cartuna (United States)

Cara Bleskie, Senior Manager, Development, Nelvana (Canada)

Catherine Branscome-Morrissey, Executive Producer & Distribution President, Branscome International (United States)

Karen Burrows, Associate Producer/Development Executive, Vérité Films (Canada)

Lisa Cinelli, Executive in Charge of Production, CBC (Canada)

Steve Couture, CEO, Epic Storyworlds (Canada)

Carla de Jong, Executive Producer/Head of Production & Development, Sinking Ship Entertainment (Canada)

Annick De Vries, Producer, Image-in (Canada)

Aron Dunn, Chief Content Officer, Lakeside Animation (Canada)

Annie Frenette, Chargée de projet / co-programmatrice, Films Jeunesse Distribution (Canada)

Daniel Gies, Co-founder, Art + Tech Director, E.D. Films (Canada)

Tommy Gillespie, Senior Director, Content Production, PBS (United States)

Andrea Griffith, VP of Content and Development, Sphere Media (Canada)

Kirsten Hurd, Commissioning Editor, TVO Kids (Canada)

Tanya Kelen, CEO, Producer, Distributor, Kelencontent (Canada) 

Heath Kenny, CCO, Mercury Filmworks (Canada)

Bryan Korn, VP, Creative Content, Sony Pictures Television – Kids (United States)

Marianne Lambert, Director of Co-productions and Acquisitions, TFO (Canada)

Chantal Ling, VP Originals & Co-Productions, Mercury Filmworks (Canada)

Grégory Magné-Grand, Original Content Director, Tonic DNA (Canada)

Kayla McNally, Senior Director, Current Series, Kids & Family, Boat Rocker Media (Canada) 

Cory Morrison, CCO, Big Jump Entertainment (Canada)

Dave Padbury, Development Executive, Guru Studio (Canada)

Desiree Peeters, Submissions Lead (0-12), BBC Children’s (United Kingdom)

Sylvie Rochon, Creative Producer and screenwriter, Creative Producer and screenwriter (Canada)

Tammy Semen, COO, Industrial Brothers (Canada)

Martha Sepulveda, Senior Development Executive, CAKE Entertainment (Canada)

Marcio Shima, Head of Production & Business Development, Hype Animation (Brazil)

Linda Simensky, Head of Animation and Scripted Content, Duolingo (United States)

Renaud Sylvain, CEO & Producer, Happy Camper Média (Canada)

Christine Thompson, Head of Animation Production, Dark Slope (Canada)

Mustafa Uzuner, Distributor/Producer, Acephale (Canada)

Diana Yurinova, VP Global Operations, OTTera (United States) 

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