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Conference News

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Conference Now Includes Overwatch Presentation!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ricardo Curtis and Kate Moo King-Curtis of House of Cool Studio will be unable to join us for this year’s conference and while we’re disappointed we won’t be going behind the scenes of House of Cool, we are pleased to announce an equally awesome presentation has been scheduled for Saturday at 1:30PM.

We are pleased to announce that Blizzard Entertainment is making a return visit to Vancouver! We’re happy to welcome animation supervisor Hunter Grant and project lead surfacing artist Samuel Alicea to discuss the animated shorts set in the world of the hugely popular franchise, Overwatch!

Other presentations include Oscar-Nominated director Nora Twomey who will be talking about her latest feature film The Breadwinner, while Dave Mullins and Dana Murray of Pixar Animation will take you behind the scenes of the studio’s latest short film Lou.

Lorelay and Neysa Bove of Walt Disney Animation Studios will talk about visual development — including character and costume design while Daniel Chong will talk about his Cartoon Network original show We Bare Bears.

The conference is nearly sold out so do not delay! Get your passes today!


Day 1 Saturday · October 28, 2017
9:00 Thinking Like a Child
moderator: Jorge R. Gutiérrez with Glen Keane
11:00 The Creative Process of The Breadwinner
with Nora Twomey
12:30 Lunch Break
1:30 The Making of the Overwatch Shorts
moderator: Susannah Skerl with Hunter Grant & Samuel Alicea
3:30 Telling Your Own Stories
moderator: David Burgess with Leo Matsuda
5:30 Invisible Creatures: Discovering Pixar's Lou
moderator: Jorge R. Gutiérrez with Dave Mullins & Dana Murray

Day 2 Sunday · October 29, 2017
9:00 Walt Disney Animation Studios: Visual Development & Character Design
moderator: Jorge R. Gutiérrez with Lorelay Bové & Neysa Bové
11:00 Animal Logic: Finding the Creative Zen in the Lego Ninjago Movie
moderator: Jeremy Stewart with Jean Pascal LeBlanc, John Rix, Joshua Nunn & Mark Theriault
12:30 Lunch Break
1:30 Pixar's Coco: A Celebration for the Living & the Dead
moderator: Jorge R. Gutiérrez with Ana Ramirez
3:30 Creating Cartoon Network's We Bare Bears
moderator: Keith Blackmore with Daniel Chong
5:30 Making of Google Spotlight Stories: Son of Jaguar
moderator: Larry Bafia with Jorge R. Gutiérrez & Paul Sullivan

Business Symposium News

Make Your Next Project Like the Pros!

Whether you’re working in or with a studio or an independent producer working on a project, the ever changing landscape of the business can be difficult to navigate.

The SPARK ANIMATION Business Symposium is your opportunity to get insider information, tips and tricks from both content producers and the people who finance them.

Access to the full day event is only $25 and in addition to learning from industry insiders, you’ll also have ample opportunity to network with other creators as well as the presenters.

Note that access to the industry mixer is limited to ticket holders.

For tickets and more information on the presenters, visit the Business Symposium page.


Friday · October 27, 2017
9:00 The Art of Story in Emerging Technologies
with Limbert Fabian
11:00 Financing a Short: We'll Show You The Money!
moderator: Rose-Ann Tisserand with David Fine, Kevin Gamble, Kim Guise, Robert Wong & Shirley Vercruysse
1:30 Creating Global Animation Properties
moderator: Rick Mischel with Asaph Fipke, Nora Twomey, Rob Davies & Tim Gamble
3:15 How Planning and Teamwork Created the Worlds of Zootopia
moderator: Chuck Peil with Bradford Simonsen
4:30 Unconscious Bias
moderator: Brenda Gilbert with Julie Ann Crommett
6:00 Industry Mixer

Festival News

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Join Us for SPARK Opening Night!

This year’s opening night celebrations are bigger than ever! The festival will open with the presentation of the inaugural WIA Diversity Award followed by the Western Canadian premiere of The Breadwinner with director Nora Twomey in attendance!

The evening will close with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement award to Glen Keane who will also be presenting the Canadian premiere of his latest short film Dear Basketball, a collaboration between the legendary animator, NBA all star Kobe Bryant, and 5-time Academy Award-winning composer, John Williams. The screening will be followed by a presentation of this year’s award winning short films as selected by the Festival Jury.

Tickets to these and all of the other festival screenings are now available at the festival page!

When: Thursday, October 26 @ 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Admission: $15 // Groups (5+): $13*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales
Admission includes GST.
Where: Scotiabank Theatre, Auditorium #1
900 Burrard St.
Vancouver, Canada
Info & tickets: SparkCG.ca

Career Fair News

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Find Your Next Job at the Career Fair!

Are you looking to find your next gig with a leading North American studio? The Career Fair at SPARK ANIMATION 2017 is for you!

Sold-out for three years running, the Career Fair brings together hundreds of animation and VFX attendees and provides a unique opportunity to connect industry professionals with top recruiters.

Cut through the noise and interact one-on-one with the expertise and talent needed for your skilled workforce, or find the dream role to showcase your skills.

Participating studios include:

  • Animal Logic
  • Archiact
  • Atomic Cartoons
  • Bardel Entertainment
  • Bron Animation
  • Cinesite Studios
  • CoSA VFX
  • Darkhorse10 Pictures
  • DHX Studios
  • Digital Domain 3.0
  • Double Negative
  • EA Canada
  • Framestore Studios
  • FuseFX BC
  • Hydraulx VFX
  • Image Engine
  • Kickstart Entertainment Canada
  • Moving Picture Company (MPC)
  • ON Animation Studios
  • Slap Happy Cartoons
  • Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Stargate Studios Vancouver
  • Stellar Creative Lab
  • Zoic Studios

For more information and to register, visit the Career Fair page.

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