Sept 25 – 27,

2024

The Animation Conference (TAC)

This animation business forum is designed for professionals in content creation, development, production, distribution and marketing. TAC brings together key players in North America and international markets and provides a forum for active networking, practical information exchange, and trade in a comfortable and intimate environment. Running alongside the OIAF, attendees also get access to some of the world’s best talent in animation.   

 

New for 2024!  TAC moves to a new venue at the National Arts Centre (NAC)

Make Connections

TAC is one of the best industry events you’ll find for networking.  Make solid connections at organized pitching events and casual parties.

Don’t miss favourite events such as Mercury Filmwork’s Pitch THIS! and Fast Track, presented by Spin Master, a speed-meeting session that gets you in front of the buyers and production executives you want to meet.

The Toon Boom Boat Cruise is the perfect opportunity to catch up with other TAC delegates in an informal and intimate setting. This 2-hour sightseeing cruise tours Parliament Hill, The Canadian Museum of History, Rideau Falls, and other popular sites in the beautiful Capital.  We heard this year’s event will be out of this world. The Boat Cruise shuttle service runs from 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm from 1 Rideau Street.

Join fellow passholders for a delicious lunch on the Wednesday presented by IDA Ireland and Thursday presented by ICEX Spain Trade and Investment​ of TAC. For an end-of-the-day toast on Thursday – head to Jackson Café, 10 Daly Avenue, for the 5 à 7 Cocktail Reception.

 

Check this space for more program updates soon!

Art + Biz Day returns this year on Friday morning for some exciting programming that will help all creators find their career paths.
OIAF in partnership with the BRIC Foundation presents Art + Biz Day: BRIC @ TAC, a full morning of programming focused on breaking, reinventing, impacting, and changing the animation industry.
Open to all TAC and Animapass holders.  Learn more at: animationfestival.ca/tac/artbiz/

Afterwards, jump on a double-decker bus at Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, to go to the Animators’ Picnic.  

 

Day 1: Panels and Activities

Wednesday, September 25

National Arts Centre (NAC), 1 Elgin St. 

 

Meet the Canadian Broadcasters

Meet decision-makers from Canadian Broadcasters CBC, TVO Kids, etc. and hear about their current and future priorities. Panelists will discuss how they receive pitches and what they should include. They will provide insight into what’s working well for their audiences and what’s not, and how this will impact future decisions. Learn what motivates their preferences and how they work to ensure brand identity and viewer preferences.

 

 

Meet the International Broadcasters & Streamers​

Hear from international broadcasters such as PBS Kids and Adult Swim, as well as streamers,  about what’s new on those platforms. Panelists will discuss how they acquire content and what their current priorities are. They will provide insight into what their audiences are watching and what the future of content looks like. Understand what drives buyer preferences and how they contribute to maintaining brand identity.

 

 

The Emerald Lens: Exploring Ireland’s Animation and Storytelling Legacy

Presented by Enterprise Ireland

Join key Irish innovators to explore universal tales that transcend borders! Ireland’s passion for storytelling and the arts has cultivated a culture uniquely suited for world-class animation studios to flourish. Historically known as the island of saints, scholars, and storytellers, Ireland has consistently produced top creative talents whose art resonates globally. What’s the secret behind this remarkable talent pool? If you’re considering a fantastic co-production partner, search no further! The session, moderated by industry veteran Mary Bredin, will delve into how storytelling and the craft of animation propel us into the future!

Panelists: 

    • Ben Harper, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Giant Animation
    • Andrew Kavanagh, Founder & CEO, Kavaleer Productions Limited  
    • Vanessa Robinson, CEO & Co-founder, Little Moon Animation
    • Stephen Fagan, Co-founder, Studio Meala
    • Graham Holbrook, Creative Director, Treehouse Republic

Moderator:

    • Mary Bredin, Green Tiger Club Ltd

 

 

TAC Luncheon presented by IDA Ireland

Enjoy a delicious meal with your fellow delegates and find out why Ireland’s passion for storytelling and the arts, world-class talent pool, ease of doing business, and animation tax credits have created a culture perfectly suited for world-class animation studios to thrive.

 

 


State of the Industry: Building a Roadmap for the Future

The animation industry is undergoing significant transformations driven by changes to the broadcaster and streamer landscape as well as new technologies. This panel will explore what strategies companies can use to adapt and thrive in this dynamic environment, how Canadian funding programs can bolster the industry, and what the implications of the Online Streaming Act are for Canadian producers. This realistic and open conversation about the evolution of the animation industry will feature insights from leading professionals.

 

 

Toon Boom Boat Cruise

The perfect opportunity to catch up with other TAC delegates and grow your network in an informal and intimate setting. This 2-hour sightseeing cruise tours Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of History, Rideau Falls, and other popular sites in the beautiful Capital. Guests will be treated to drinks and charcuterie.

 

 

Day 2: Panels and Activities

Thursday, September 26

National Arts Centre (NAC), 1 Elgin St. 

 

Animation from Spain: Upcoming Original Films

Presented by ICEX Spain Trade and Investment​

Top Producers with new international projects

The Spanish industry is experiencing one of its sweetest moments as one of the leaders in European animation. Productions such as the award-winning “Robot Dreams” or “Sultana’s Dream” are examples of a committed industry that is extremely diverse and creative. Last year, 6 feature films, 25 short films, and 68 seasons of TV series were produced and distributed. Spain has more than 300 companies dedicated to animation and VFX. State and local support, technological development, and specialized schools are the icing of a dynamic industry with an international vocation.

Hear from three of the hottest producers in Spain share their skills in making ambitious productions viable, with international partners. They will unveil projects in the making in a unique opportunity to share the vision and engineering behind some of the most creatively relevant future animated films.

Panelists:

    • Daysi Cruz, Business Development Director, Morgana Studios
    • Álvaro García González, Executive Producer, Hampa Studio SL
    • Chelo Loureiro, Founder of Abano Producións  (title TBC)

Moderator:

    • Carolina López Caballero, Curator, ICEX. Trade and Investment

TAC Luncheon presented by ICEX Spain Trade and Investment​

Join fellow TAC Passholders for a delicious lunch presented by ICEX Spain Trade and Investment​.

Are you pivoting to adapt? How Ontario Studios are Facing Today’s Industry Realities

As the global marketplace for animation experiences ongoing shifts and slowdowns, studios are faced with critical decisions on how to navigate these turbulent waters. Join the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario as they bring together industry leaders to discuss diverse strategies studios are employing to adapt and thrive in these crazy times.

From maintaining traditional production models to exploring innovative opportunities, new markets, and diversified services, our panel of studio execs will share their insights on how to remain competitive and creative in an ever-changing, challenging market.

 

 

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