24 OCT 2022

World Animation & VFX Summit announces its 2022 honorees and lineup

Kristine Belson, Jorge R. Gutierrez, Ramsey Naito, and TeamTO are among the winner of the Summit that will take place on November 6-9 in Los Angeles.

24 OCT 2022

2022 World Animation & VFX Summit

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The 2022 World Animation & VFX Summit announces the recipients of this year’s Hall of Fame awards and panelist lineup. The Summit, which takes place in person November 6 – 10 at Garland Hotel in North Hollywood, will kick off with the opening night gala on November 6th where the honorees will receive their awards. The gala will be followed by the three-day Summit, beginning on November 7th, featuring special keynotes, panels, and networking breakfasts, lunches and parties with top tier executive and creative talent representing various aspects of the industry.

This year’s 2022 Animation Summit honorees are: Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, writer-director Jorge R. Gutierrez, Ramsey Naito, President of Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures, Peter Ramsey, academy Award©-winning director; Henry Selick, academy Award©-nominated director; Mark Swift, DreamWorks Animation producer; Genndy Tartakvosky, creator of "Samurai Jack" and French animation studio TeamTO.

“It has been so rewarding to see our Animation Summit grow and flourish with each passing year. Despite all the challenges our industry has faced over the past year, 2022 has been quite an amazing year in terms of the range and high caliber of all the new animated movies, series and shorts available to fans of the medium. Once again, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate and spotlight the vitality of our business and community and to spotlight the achievements of the creative forces in the animation industry,” says Summit founder and president and publisher of Animation Magazine Jean Thoren. “We can’t wait to catch up with all our friends in the worldwide animation community and learn about the their latest innovations and thrilling new projects at the Summit this year.”

The lineup of this year’s Summit will explore many different facets of the animation and VFX industries. Panels will focus on advances in new animation technologies, co-production opportunities, how to pitch animated project to the top execs, a special focus on the latest adult animation boom, the 2023 business survival guide, how to produce your animation project, as well as sessions on what animation execs are looking for in the near future and what leading studio recruiters look for in job candidates.
This year’s event will also feature special keynotes by iconic Disney director John Musker ("The Little Mermaid"), show creator Karissa Valencia ("Spirit Rangers") and exec producer/supervising director Mike Hollingsworth ("Inside Job"), as well as a fireside chat with Sony Picture Animation’s president Kristine Belson and a festive 20th Anniversary Party for Sony Pictures Animation.

The Summit agenda also features informative talks with the directors, producers and key creatives on this year’s animated films that are contenders for Academy Awards and sessions showcasing the making of top animated features include "The Bad Guys", Guillermo del Toro’s "Pinocchio", "Lightyear", etc.