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WOMEN IN ANIMATION VANCOUVER -

ACE PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Women in Animation Vancouver’s ACE (Animation Career EXCELerator) Program is designed to advance the careers of women in the animation industry by giving them a key credit in the creation of their very own short film, TV proof of concept or web series pilot, and providing mentorship and training along the way, to ensure they are set-up for success.  

 

The program includes:

  • Individual mentoring for each participant

  • Group-wide mentorship and training

  • Individual pitch training, focusing on how to present and sell yourself and network

  • Marketing and pitch training for the development and pitching of their own IP

  • Attendance at a festival and/or market

  • Promotion of each participant through social media initiatives and industry networking opportunities

 

Why does this work? 

  • “Women don’t have the experience.” = This program provides the experience and training to prepare women to succeed

  • “We can’t find women for these roles.” = The program shines a spotlight on these women, so that studios and production companies can ‘find’ women for these roles

  • It reduces the risk level for studios, in promoting these women to senior roles, by giving women the opportunity to show they are capable of managing the responsibilities required.

  • This program ‘pays it forward’.  Studies show that women tend to hire more women, so having women in these key creative roles, increasing the opportunities for diversity into the future, beyond the initial participants.

ACE 3 SPONSORS  - 2021 to 2023

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ACE 2 SPONSORS  - 2019 to 2021

WHAT DO PAST PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY?

NOTE: The first year of the program was called Five In Focus.  It has been renamed to the ACE Program.