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Miami Dade College Unveils Program for Groundbreaking MIA Animation Conference & Festival

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Miami, June 5, 2014 - Some of the world’s top leaders in animation and education will gather at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus for the highly-anticipated 2014 MIA Animation Conference & Festival Oct. 9 – 12. At a recent press conference, the full program was announced, and it will once again feature exhibitions, workshops, master classes, portfolio review, pitch to the industry, the animation festival, and more.

Among the experts who will speak at this fall’s conference and festival are Chris Edwards, CEO and Creative Director of The Third Floor; Drew Tolman, Walt Disney Television Animation post production supervisor; Leah Hoyer, Microsoft Studios narrative design director; Kimberly Dennison, Walt Disney Television Animation director of development; Baldo comic strip cartoonist and MDC alumni Carlos Castellanos, and Michael Berkman, VP and Cretive Director of Fusion Network, among many others. The keynote speaker is Tom Sito, a legend in the field who worked on Beauty and the Beast, The little mermaid and Shrek, among others.

MIA Animation will also feature various opportunities for budding animators and students, including a pitch to the industry where creators can submit projects for an animated TV series for consideration.  The top submissions will be invited to pitch their idea in person at the conference, and the top pitch overall will be set up with three meetings with relevant buyers and/or talent representatives in Los Angeles. The festival component will feature various animation films and is open to the community and animators worldwide.

“The MIA Animation Conference has been designed to be a forum for active networking and practical information exchange with a strong commitment and emphasis on education and developing and nourishing new talent,” said Mauricio Ferrazza, founder and president of MIA Animation. “The conference focuses on the industry's real expectations and needs, as well as the competencies required of new professionals. Our goal is to increase the dialogue among students, educational institutions and the animation industry.” 

MDC and MIA Animation are working together to establish Miami as an animation hub, including expanding the college’s existing programs in this area. The college is currently educating students in this growing field to be the animation experts of tomorrow and offers an AA in computer arts animation.

“This partnership with MIA Animation further emphasizes Miami Dade College’s dedication to offering programs that are on the forefront of innovation and preparing our students for in-demand careers, as well as supporting the local economy,” said Wolfson Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente.  

In the past, the conference has focused entirely on the technology of creating animated cartoons. This year, it will bring story board artists, character designers and figure drawing to the event. An intricate part of the animation process, conceptual art and character design boosts the creative process, laying out the way and style to feature animations and game design. The theme this year is storytelling.

“I am very excited about this year's edition of the conference and festival – the speaker lineup is stellar, and submissions for the Animation Festival are already pouring from countries like China, Canada, Russia, USA and many others,” said Ferrazza.


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