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AfroAnimation International Virtual Summit 2021

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Conrad Montgomery

Vice President, Current Animation, Nickelodeon

Candice Wilson Cherry

Head of Development & Production, LOL! Network

Rio Cyrus

Co-Chair and Head of Programming, AfroAnimation

Chris Gallagher

Chair of Animation, Savannah College of Art and Design

Morenike Dosu

Sr. Department Manager, DreamWorks Animation

Tatiana Kober

President, Bejuba! Entertainment

Divya Gupta

President & CEO, G.R.I.D.S Consulting

Vaughn Ross

Director, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Warner Bros. Animation

Shabrayia Cleaver

Production Manager / Associate Production Executive, DreamWorks Animation

Ozi Menakaya

Film & TV Agent at Creative Artists Agency, Specialty, Africa and the Middle East

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Prince Smith

Animation Director, Adventurous Minds

Keith White

Founder and Co-Chair, AfroAnimation

Bobby Beck

CEO, Animation Mentor

Djofray Makumbu

Artist, UK

Whaketa Hargrove

COO/Co-Founder, Small Town Animation Studios

Dr. Sarah Kambites

President of the United Nations Associates in Canada

Mounia ARAM

Founder and President, Mounia Aram Company

Monica A. Young

Producer, Hair Love and Owner of Blue Key Entertainment

Firdaus Kharas

Founder, Chocolate Moose Media and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Shawn Martinbrough

Author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling

Dawud Anyabwile

Emmy Award Winning Illustrator and Co-Creator of the Brotherman, Dictator of Discipline Comic Series

John Jennings

NY Times Bestselling Author. Curator. Graphic Novelist. Editor. Professor. Scholar. Design Theorist

Obi Arisukwu


Jeremy Nixon

Director & Animator, Nixon Animation

Lamont Pounds

Animation Director, Adventurous Minds

Riley S. Wilson

Multi-Hyphenate Artist and Founder of Little Apple Universe

Royce Adkins

Filmmaker and Comic Book Author, Stone Harbor Productions

Warren Holder

Lead Character Designer, Netflix Animation

Newton Lilavois

Creator/ Writer of Crescent City Monsters, Dream Fury Comics

TJ Sterling

President & Lead Artist, RAE Comics

Carl Reed

Academy Award Winning Producer, Chief Creative Officer and President of Lion Forge Animation

Okema T. Moore

TV/Film Producer/Director

John Kambites

Feature Producer, Cinesite

Lauren A. Brown

Acting Associate Art Director, Zynga

Chaz Bottoms

Filmmaker and Comic Book Author, Stone Harbor Productions

Louis Lubega

Creator of Olwatuuka, Animator and Producer, Uganda

Victor Dandridge

Inhouse Productions

Mbuotidem Johnson

Founder & CEO, Basement Animation, Nigeria

Uzoma Harry Dunkwu

Scroll Entertainment, Executive Director, Nigeria

Idris Olurunnimbe

Founder/Group Chief Executive, The Temple Company

Adebisi Amatayo

CEO/Technical Director, 32ad Animation Studios

Shawna Mills

Story Artist, Director and Designer, Owner of Soda Monkey

Michael Uwandi

Creative Director and Co-Founder of 9B

Ava L. Hall

Global Media, Entertainment & Culture Executive (Former Vice President, BET International/ViacomCBS)

Jennifer Okafor

Coordinator of the Multicultural Business Strategy Group at Creative Artists Agency

Phillip Boutte

Costume Concept Artist and Production Designer

Jermaine Hargrove

CEO/Co-Founder, Small Town Animation Studios

Crescent Novell

Animation and Live-Action Writer, Mattel

J. Meeka Stuart

Director Pip Animation, CyberChase

Yasmina F. Edwards

Entrepreneur & Founder of EGM NY

Camille Abrahams

Founding Director of Animae Caribe Animation, Trinidad and Tobago

Kenia Mattis

Producer and Founder of ListenMi, Jamaica

Saïdou Bernabé

Co-Founder of PARALLEL 14 Academy, Head of PARALLEL 14 Studio, Martinique

Ethan Becker

Story Director/Supervisor

Bobby Pontillas

Show Creator at Walt Disney TV Animation, Co-Founder of Rise Up Animation

Frank E. Abney III

Director at Netflix Animation, Co-Founder of Rise Up Animation

Monica Lago-Kaytis

Producer & CEO Frogbot Films, Co-Founder of Rise Up Animation

Trent Corey

Director & Animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Co-Founder of Rise Up Animation

Pearl Low

Story Artist, Comics Artist, Illustrator

Gavin Ball

Game Developer, Digital Media Creator and Concept Artist for Games, Full Circle CS

Adrian Bobb

VFX Artist/Director, Founder of Exocentric Productions

Fred Noland

Visual Storyteller

Isaac Mogajane

Co-Founder/Executive Director, Diprente

Leisl Adams

Writer, Artist, Director, Canada

Valu Vasconcelos

CEO and Content Director, Valu Animation Studios, Brazil

Kibwe Tavares

Writer/Director, Netflix Animation/Factory Fifteen

Nuno Martins

Principal, The Animation School, South Africa

Jay Francis

VP, Current Series & Diversity, Disney Television Animation

Ashley Kibali

Children's Content Producer, CEO and Founder of Seventy-Two Media Group Ltd, Kenya

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AfroAnimation is the global online destination for African, Afro-American and Afro-European animators, comic book artists and Gamers to meet their cross continent counterparts, exchange ideas, learn, network and get deals done with senior media industry stakeholders. Our goal is to bring together the best animation, comic and gaming talent of color on the planet in a single online destination. When it's over we will have connected talent, showcased some of the most creative works, exchange ideas that move the community forward, increased the black animator talent pipeline, awarded student internships and be a active ambassador to industry deals closing.

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The Animation School

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The Animation Lounge

The perfect place to refine your animation skills.