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35th Anniversary Program! Women in ... Animation:  The Business of Creativity

Hear from leaders in the animation field, including women who are producers, animators and executives for such industry giants like Sesame Workshop. They'll share their experiences creating and distributing films, pitching stories and being on the receiving end of a pitch. 

The forum will also cover the broader challenges for women in the industry and explore the models that better cultivate and draw on the talents of women as film artists, producers and executives. 

The panelists will also discuss how gender equality in the media is the new social movement trending in animation. With limited female characters in film, how are the animated characters depicted and how does this influence young girls and boys?

After the session, stay and enjoy $5 Sangrias, courtesy of ImageNation.

Deena Beck
 is an assistant animator at Titmouse Inc., where she works on Motorcity, Superjail! and China IL. She has worked with animator John R. Dilworth and Rauch Brothers Animation. She is a recent graduate from School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Animation.

Ginger Brown
is Vice President of Children's Media at Curious Pictures and heads her own development company, Mermaid Media, specializing in children’s entertainment, educational content creation and live-action properties. As co-founder of The Ginger Group, Brown produced Emmy and ACE award–winning films, including We Shall Overcome and An Evening with Harry Belafonte and Friends for PBS. Prior to Curious Pictures, she served as VP and Executive Producer for Sesame Workshop, where her credits included the Emmy award–winning primetime special Elmopalooza and the Latin American production Plaza Sésamo.

Candy Kugel
was one third of the animation boutique, Buzzco Associates, Inc., along with the late Vincent Cafarelli and Marilyn Kraemer. Kugel met Vincent at Perpetual Motion Pictures in 1974 where she worked on commercials, political cartoons for NBC, Berenstain Bears' holiday specials, and Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City. In 1983, Kugel directed Deck the Halls with Wacky Walls for NBC. Since 1984, Buzzco Associates produced TV programming, educational films, and ads, most notably MTV’s Top of the Hour, the I Want My MTV campaign, Talking About Sex, a 30-minute video for Planned Parenthood, and PBS's Emmy award-winning Between the Lions. Kugel has made over a dozen award-winning animated shorts. Kugal is very proud to have just finished her tribute to Vincent, The Last Time.

Bernadine Santistevan
is the writer, producer and director of Wolf Dog Tales—an animated short with ancient wisdoms of what animals teach us about respecting life and the earth. This film is currently under consideration for an Oscar nomination. She has also directed two feature films and is now developing a children’s animated TV series. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, she worked in venture capital.

Heather Shepherd is a highly skilled artist, modeler, and CG designer, she started her career at Walt Disney Feature Animation where she worked on popular animated titles, including Mulan, Lilo and Stich, and Tarzan. Skilled at 3D modeling and sculpting, she has also worked at DreamWorks Studio, Bluesky Studios, and Jim Henson Creature Shop. She has contributed to Flushed Away, Ice Age: The Melt Down, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Leafman. Most recently, she wrote and directed the live-action short film Modern Love. She performs at New York’s renowned comedy clubs and is now working on a feature-length film.

Rosalind Murphy (moderator) is a marketing communication consultant specializes in film marketing, relationship marketing and social media content management. Murphy has over 10 years experience as a strategist of media, promotions and marketing with a unique set of skills, experiences and partnerships to build business for marketers and media properties. She brings years of success creating strategic partnerships by customizing multi-channel programs that build brands and promotes products. Prior to working as an independent consultant, Murphy worked for six years at Microsoft as an Executive Engagement Manager. She also created branded entertainment for Microsoft Fortune 500 C-level clients. Murphy spent four years as the Marketing Director for Film Life Inc., where she led marketing, media planning, promotion and advertising sales management. 

Join the conversation by using the hashtag #WomenInAnimation

Produced by Lee Eypper and Rosalind Murphy.

NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.