International Animation Day
International Animation Day is a series of events organized by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation that happen around the world each October since 2002. It encourages the exchange of international films and discussions around the art of animation. For the first time in Texas last year, International Animation Day event was organized locally by ATEC Assistant Professor Christine Veras at UT Dallas.
As part of the celebration of International Animation Day this year, ATEC will host round-table panels with guest scholars and industry professionals to discuss pressing topics concerning the field of animation.
The first panel on Oct. 14, is a historical background about International Animation Day and the efforts of ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation) in bringing animators together.
The second panel on Oct. 21, involves a collaboration between the Experimental Animation Lab directed by Assistant Professor Christine Veras, and The Studio for Mediating Play, co-directed by ATEC Assistant Professors Ann Wu and Josef Nguyen, to open critical conversation about the importance of representation and inclusion in Animation and Games. Taken together, these discussions feature panelists from different cultural backgrounds with varying industry experience and expertise to demonstrate the importance of diversity and the need for inclusive content in the fields of animation and games.
To send your questions for the panel discussion visit the Representation and Inclusion in Animation and Games event details.
By celebrating International Animation Day at UT Dallas, ATEC expands networking opportunities for students, contributes to the School’s social justice initiatives, continues their practice of cutting edge research and development in games and animation, and brings awareness of this topic to the local Texas region.