First-Ever ‘Women in Animation World Summit’ to Be Held at Annecy International Animation Festival

Variety reports: This year’s Annecy International Animation Festival will include a new addition to the roster of events: the Women in Animation World Summit, a day-long symposium of panels and discussions on topics relevant to women in the animation world that will take place June 12 at the Impérial Palace Hotel.

Some of the topics the panels will address include “Exploring Unconscious Bias,” “50/50 by 2025 — How are We Getting There?” “Developing Diverse Stories” and “Artists’ Experiences.”

Featured panelists include industry executives and producers from companies like Warner Animation Group, Illumination Entertainment, CANUK Prods., Studio Canal China, Oriental DreamWorks and Walt Disney Animation Studios, as well as artists from all areas of the animation industry.

Short stories compilation staring a Black female protagonist.

A short story concept:
Death instead of being represented as a lanky, goth white man, is in fact a mature black woman, who has been appointed by god to be his angel.

The kicker: she can’t take souls unless they willingly cooperate in handing themselves over; and finds herself not only with a lack of patience, but pissed off at some of the bullshit JC is making her put up with.

At the end of every story she learns more about her own life through helping others cope with the end of theirs; and at the end of the story learns of her own death and why she was chosen to be the “new angel of death.”

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Ummmm why hasn’t tumblr been talking about this Crazy Rich Asians movie?? An american movie with an ALL ASIAN CAST?? WITH AN ASIAN DIRECTOR??? STARRING CONSTANCE WU??? PLUS MICHELLE YEOH?! Ya’ll sleeping.

The story follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick’s (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down. 

Directed by John M. Chu

  • Constance Wu as Rachel Chu
  • Henry Golding as Nick Young
  • Sonoya Mizuno as Araminta Lee
  • Awkwafina as Peik Lin
  • Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young
  • Gemma Chan as Astrid Leong
  • Chris Pang as TBA
  • Jing Lusi as TBA
  • Ronny Chieng as TBA
  • Tan Kheng Hua as TBA
  • Pierre Png as TBA
  • Fiona Xie as TBA
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A cashier tried to convince this little girl to get a white doll. She said no.

  • As a prize for a month of successful potty-training, two-year-old Sophia Benner picked out a doll she loved at a local Target — but when she and her mother got to the checkout, a cashier tried to talk her out of her purchase because Sophia is white, and the doll she picked out was black. Sophia’s mother, Brandi Benner, described the incident in an Instagram post on Saturday.
  • Benner wrote that she was about to respond to the cashier when her daughter jumped in with a succinct, and perfect, explanation. “I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with, ‘Yes, she does. She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor. And I’m a pretty girl and she’s a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?” Read more. (4/4/2017 1:15 PM)

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I’m sick of hearing the same sad excuse for the lack of diversity in gaming

  • Video game developers have a serious diversity problem — and the excuses aren’t going to cut it anymore.
  • A 2016 survey from the International Game Developers Association found that approximately 72% of people working in the game industry are men, and 75% are white.
  • As we’ve written previously, developers can begin tackling this problem by publishing diversity reports that show the demographic breakdown at each level of the company through hard data.
  • But because these reports don’t actually cause change in and of themselves, they’re just a first step.
  • The next step is the hard part: hiring more underrepresented groups — women, people of color, LGBTQ folks — and trying to make sure employees reflect the demographics of the world at large.
  • Convincing industry leaders to pursue that goal can be even more of a challenge. Over and over again, the refrain is the same: Diversity is at odds with quality. But it’s 2017, and that excuse doesn’t hold water. Read more (5/3/17)
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