International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) and Women in Animation (WIA) have introduced the number of the 5 delegates of the second version of the Stories x Women program.
Stories x Women’s works to assist and supply alternatives for African, Asia-Pacific Islander and Latin American ladies animators who wish to inform their genuine tales. The program is sponsored by the Walt Disney Company, with further assist from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The 5 are “Superpunk” (Brazil) led by Mirtes Santana and Guilherme Petreca, “Negocio de Brujas” (Chile) led by Paulina Sanhueza Meléndez and Alejandra Jaramillo Fanta, “Nerea” (Dominican Republic) led by Fabiola Contreras Rosso and Arima Léon, “The Golden Pig” (Malaysia) led by Hwei Ling Ow and Kate Goodwin and “Papo Hapo” (Türkiye/Kenya) led by Irmak Atabek Ndungu and Mbithi Masya.
Those chosen had been chosen from a pool of 130-plus candidates and can obtain a sequence of mentoring periods led by animation specialists, in addition to one-on-one teaching periods. The program prepares the delegates to pitch on the 2023 Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market (MIFA).
“Stories x Women supports the work of women animators from regions that are less visible in the international market and is an extra contribution to the collective efforts made by this industry in that field,” mentioned Luis Alberto Scalella, president of FIAPF.
“For 10 years, WIA has been focused on reaching 50/50 gender parity in animation by 2025. The Stories x Women program aligns perfectly with our mission of supporting and empowering people of underrepresented gender identities in animation. It’s actively removing barriers faced by women and gender non-conforming creatives and making space for them to tell their authentic stories,” mentioned Marge Dean, WIA president.