This year, the 12th summit, conferences and International Film Festival Animayo, that will be held on the paradisiacal island of Gran Canaria from May 2 to 6 this year, is to be dedicated to the women folk.
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said awards have announced a programme entirely dedicated to women working in animation, visual effects and video games.
The week’s activities will pay tribute to great talents of these industries, focus on work by women, and foster the growth of opportunities for and representation of women in these fields.
While events across the world are increasingly spotlighting women’s contributions and challenges with special programming, Animayo has decided to go full-bore to demonstrate that work by women in the audiovisual sector is important and remarkable enough to fill an entire festival program.
The 12th edition will even see festival director Damian Perea, who has spent the last two years working on putting this special edition together, step back from the role he has held for the past 11 events to make way for female leadership.
“Women in the world of animation has always been very important and deserves to claim the right to its space and the relevance of their work,” Perea announced..
Every element of Animayo 2017 will put women at the forefront, from the official poster design to programming highlights which will include female-lead presentations, master classes and workshops, as well as screenings of Animayo award-winning works, film competitions, premieres, concerts, outdoor activities, and Animayo’s second professional forum.
The roster will include professionals who have worked with top international producers, including Ilion Animation, Disney, Warner Bros., Animal Logic, Scanline, Double Negative, Weta Digital, MPC and more, and creatives with feature film and television credits ranging from Guardians of the Galaxy and The Simpsons.
Last year’s Animayo festival saw a 20% increase in attendees over the 2015 edition setting a new record with over 15,000 participants.