Women in Animation (WIA) is pleased to announce the program for the fifthÂ Women In Animation World Summit, in conjunction with this yearâsÂ hybrid version of theÂ Annecy International Animation FestivalÂ and Mifa 2021.
TheÂ theme of this yearâs virtual Summit is âThe Business Case for Diversity.â
The Women in Animation World Summit will be viewable exclusively as part of the festivalâs virtual programming and for WIA members from Monday, June 14thÂ at 9:00am CAT through Saturday, June 19th. As of June 20th, the Summit will be available to the general public via theÂ WIA websiteÂ and YouTube Channel.
âAt the last four Summits, WIA built shared vocabulary around diversity, inclusion, belonging and equity,â said WIA President, Marge Dean. âAs a global community, the organization traversed monumental paradigm shifts, challenges and opportunities this past year, including racial equity, a global pandemic, a rise in discriminatory violence and strong headwind toward inclusivity. As WIA marks its fifth Summit at Annecy, itâs important to ensure that our global WIA community continue to learn from each other and share not only the business imperative for DEI, butÂ also the successesÂ and failures we’ve all had in trying to moveÂ forward.â
Commenting on the theme, WIA Secretary/DEI Chair Julie Ann Crommett added, âThe business case is not just that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are good for business empiricallyÂ (they are), but that we each as businesses and individuals have a part to play in making change. Many companies, organizations and industries have committed to doing better – seizing the case for DEI. We get further faster by being more transparent with each other, more transparent as an industry and truly building a global community of practice and thought leadership. Our hope is this Summit begins to model what transparency and action can and should be in our industry.â
Further to that, WIA Vice President Jinko Gotoh said, âWe must democratize animation on all fronts: education, art, technology, and industry.Â Iâm proud of the work WIA continues to do. We advocate sustainable change across the globe.Â Along those lines, we are thrilled to partner with Triggerfish to present this yearâs Summit, as they have been doing such tremendous work over the years to diversify storytelling and bring better representation to the African animation industry.â
âWeâre honored to be partnering with WIA on this important summit,â said Stuart Forrest, CEO, Triggerfish.Â âTriggerfish has a vision for a world where stories are told and created by the people the stories belong to, and WIAâs work in gender inclusivity and diversity takes huge steps towards that goal, particularly as it applies to the continent of Africa.â
AddedÂ MickaÃ«lÂ Marin, CEO of Citia, on behalf of the Annecy International Animation Festival, âWe are so proud to once again host the Women in Animation World Summit as part of our festival. WIAâs dedication to presenting enlightening conversations surrounding diversity and inclusion really inspire us year after year.â