Session #1: Animated Stories

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Session Note

Exploring how animated films have changed with the introduction of new technologies, new cinematic experiences and new global audiences.

Guest Biographies

    • Michael Fukushima
    • Michael Fukushima is a veteran filmmaker and producer in the National Film Board of Canada's world-renowned Animation Studio. His animated documentary, Minoru: Memory of Exile, won two Hot Docs awards in 1994, and he more recently produced Muybridge's Strings, by Japanese filmmaker Koji Yamamura, and the Oscar-nominated short, Dimanche/Sunday (directed by Patrick Doyon). Two of his newest productions, The End of Pinky (Claire Blanchet) and Impromptu (Bruce Alcock), are having their world premieres at this year's TIFF.

    • Shilpa Ranade
    • Shilpa Ranade is an associate professor at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT in Mumbai. She is a book illustrator and animator whose directing credits include the short animations Mani's Dying (95), The Harvest (95), The Childhood of Krishna (00), Naja Goes to School (00), and The Mouse with Seven Tails (06). The World of Goopi and Bagha (13) is her debut feature animation.
    • Tim Kwok
    • Formerly from Malaysia, Kwok is a film producer currently based in Los Angeles. His producing credits include mostly feature films that were international co-productions with Asian Film partners. Kwok had worked as a high level executive at LA based New Regency Enterprises and Hong Kong based Emperor Multimedia Group. He has also served as a consultant to Asian Film studios such as Edko Films, Toei Animation, Bona Film Group and others. Kwok is also an advisor to the Hong Kong International Film Festival's Asian Film Financing Forum.

    • Denis Friedman
    • Animation Producer, Denis Friedman Productions

      After an important contribution in the field of the video game (Atari, Sony), Denis has been involved in the production of feature animation for almost 15 years. Its first production was KAENA, the Prophecy, the first full CGI feature film to be produced in Europe. In 2007, DFP Joined the famous Japanese studio Madhouse to co-produce Yona Yona Penguin, the last feature from world acclaimed director Rintaro. Denis is currently preparing three feature films in coproduction with Canada: one feature animation and two live action.

    • Stephen Cremin
    • Co-Founder, Film Business Asia (MODERATOR)

      Stephen Cremin is the publisher of Film Business Asia. He was previously Screen International's Taipei correspondent. He co-founded the London Pan-Asian Film Festival in 1998 and remains on the programming teams of the New York Asian Film Festival and Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. He is based in in Beijing.