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Animation Experts Panel


Learn from the best animators in the industry

March 2021



Animation Experts Panel - Crane Creations Theatre Company


2 Hours


Due to current restrictions, we have made all the programming available to watch online.

About the panel

Animation is an extension of puppetry, and Crane Creations Theatre Company is excited to present : How they did it; Expert Animators Talk for emerging animation students and artists, as well as industry professionals looking to understand how the industry works, and what resources are available to them. See how our industry leaders from Jamaica, England and Toronto have to say about working in the field, and ask them your questions about becoming a professional.

Animation Experts Panel - Crane Creations Theatre Company

ListEnMi Animation Studios

Kenia Mattis

ListenMi is an award-winning Animation and Design Studio for culturally-inspired products. They make animations, apps and games. And they help brands attract their tribe through amazing storytelling and brilliant design.

As artists at heart, they are driven to excite audiences and inspire young creatives.

With a commitment to strengthening the creative community, while solving real problems by design.

“We promise storytelling that brings us closer.”

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Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is a programmer and curator based in Derby, UK. With Abigail Addison, he founded Animate in 2007; they curate and produce arts projects at the intersection of animation, film and the visual arts. Recent projects include I’m Only Human, three short films made in the context of the COVID-19 lockdown, and WORK, four artists’ films exploring contemporary work, made with workers. Individual films include I’m OK, by Elizabeth Hobbs, an Animate Projects/National Film Board of Canada, which was a BAFTA British Short Animation nominee in 2019.  Gary also works as a Film Programme Manager at the British Council, the UK’s organisation for cultural relations.

Animation Experts Panel - Crane Creations Theatre Company

Animate works at the intersection of film, art and animation. Led by Abigail Addison and Gary Thomas, since 2007 we established a reputation for high quality, innovative, experimental and engaging films, and for producing projects for exhibition across broadcast, cinema, festival, gallery, public, online and digital platforms.

We’ve worked with more than 150 artists, animators and filmmakers and our partners have included: The Photographers’ Gallery, London; QUAD Derby; Art on the Underground; Flatpack Festival Birmingham; Edge of Frame; Whitechapel Gallery; and the National Trust. Our supporters have included: Arts Council England, Jerwood Arts, Wellcome Trust, Channel 4, and BFI. 

Animate began in 1990, as an Arts Council England/Channel 4 commissioning scheme – an annual, open call for proposals for short, experimental animation projects. You can see the Animate archive collection at

Animation Experts Panel - Crane Creations Theatre Company

Toronto Animated Image society

Myfanwy Ashmore

Myfanwy Ashmore is a visual artist working mainly in new media technologies. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, Myfanwy has exhibited extensively across Canada, in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Her work has been featured in publications and is held in many public and private collections. She has taught local, national and international educational workshops, as well as facilitated educational programming for over 20 years, through working at various institutions including OCADU, Ryerson University, University of Guelph and York University in both instructor and technical support roles. She is passionate about the important functions artist-run centres serve by supporting artists and community. Check out her visual arts practice at

Founded in 1984, The Toronto Animated Image Society initially began as a group for animators and animation enthusiasts to connect and share in an art form they love.

Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1990, TAIS opened our first studio space in 2002. We became a registered charity in 2012, and then in 2013 we moved to our current home, a 1560 sq.foot space located on Dufferin Street north of Dupont, in downtown Toronto’s north/west-end. This facility allows us to better facilitate artists’ research and creation, and deliver public outreach programs.


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