'Diversity' seems to be a hot topic across all creative industries, but what does it mean for British animation? Join chair Tanya J Scott and a panel of professional animation and VFX creatives as they shine a spotlight on ethnic diversity and inclusion within the industry, discussing their experiences, current diversity initiatives, and how we work towards a fairer and more inclusive workplace.
This panel is presented by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund, University of the West of England and Cardiff Animation Festival.
Tanya J Scott: an animation art director, illustrator and aspiring children’s author based in South East London. She has been working in animation since graduating in 2010 and has worked on a wide variety of projects - from TV series to games and commercials. She is currently working on a graphic novel and short film.
Bimpe Alliu: a concept artist and illustrator from London, currently working as a junior concept artist at Industrial Light & Magic. Bimpe is passionate about continuing the important discussions surrounding diversity in the visual effects and has participated in panels for Animated Women UK, Access:VFX and events including Manchester Animation Festival.
Mel Garber: a London based VFX and CGI freelancer. Although he is a Londoner, he spent most of his upbringing in New Jersey, USA. After completing his degree in Animation for Game Design and spending half a year in South Korea learning 3D production for games, he headed to London to get his MA at Arts University of Bournemouth and expand his network. His diverse set of skills has given him a solid understanding of several mediums and a confident approach to projects ranging from 2D, 3D, film and games. Since moving back to London he has freelanced for the BBC, Sony, and many other studios across London and the globe.
Rita Sampaio: a Portuguese stop motion animator. Arriving the UK in 2007 to study at the University of West England's Media (Animation) Masters, Rita has worked since in the UK animation industry in production companies such as Aardman Animations and Animortal. She currently lives in Wales.
Rizwan Rafiq: a 2D animator from East London. He has previously worked on Mr Bean: The Animated Series, and is currently working in Manchester on the children's show, Daisy & Ollie.
There will be the opportunity to ask the panel questions at the end of the session via the chat function.
This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund with contributions from UK animation productions and by the University of the West of England.
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