Selection and Nickelodeon are becoming a member of forces once more for this yr’s 10 Animators to Watch occasion in Los Angeles. The in-person cocktail celebration and awards ceremony on Oct. 6 will rejoice rising creators within the animation house who’re leaving their mark on the business.

This yr’s class of trailblazing storytellers contains: Fawn Veerasunthorn, director, “Want” (Walt Disney Animation Studios, 2023); Karissa Valencia, creator and showrunner, “Spirit Rangers”; Juston Gordon-Montgomery, creator, “Invincible Battle Woman”; Christian Linke and Alex Yee, creators, “Arcane”; Neeraja Raj, creator, “Meow or By no means”; Shea Fontana, co-EP, “Monster Excessive”; Arthur Fong, artwork director, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem”; Sergio Valdivia, stop-motion animator, “Pinocchio”; Natasha Kline, creator, “Primos”; and Joe Bennett, director, author, animator, “Scavengers Reign.”

Moreover, Pixar Animation Studios filmmaker Domee Shi will obtain the 2022 Artistic Affect in Animation award. Shi is likely one of the most enjoyable voices in animation. A former Selection 10 Animators to Watch recipient, she has had a hand in creating among the most essential animated options in recent times, together with “Inside Out,” “Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story 4.” In 2019, she received an Oscar for “Bao,” which she directed and wrote. This yr, Shi’s function directorial debut, “Turning Crimson,” marked an thrilling new peak in her already spectacular profession. She can be part of Pixar’s inventive management crew, the place, in her function as inventive vp, she is concerned in key inventive decision-making on the studio and consults on movies in each improvement and manufacturing.

“I’m so grateful to be partnering with Selection for the eighth yr as we rejoice the most effective of the most effective in animation,” stated Ramsey Naito, president of animation at Nickelodeon and Paramount. “This occasion is an incredible show of the unbelievable work that so many artists pour their hearts into, and we at Nickelodeon are proud to offer a platform for his or her creativity. An enormous congratulations goes out to all of the unbelievable artists on this yr’s listing, particularly Shea Fontana and Arthur Fong for his or her inventive imaginative and prescient and dedication to their work on ‘Monster Excessive’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.’”

“We’re excited to associate with Nickelodeon on our 10 Animators to Watch occasion for the eighth consecutive yr. This system continues to shine a lightweight on probably the most promising new voices in animation” stated Steve Gaydos, EVP, Content material, Selection. “The alumni from our 10 to Watch lists have gone on to perform thrilling new profession highs, as evident on this yr’s Artistic Affect in Animation recipient and former 10 to Watch honoree, Domee Shi.”

The occasion will coincide with Selection’s annual 10 Animators to Watch function, publishing on Oct. 4, spotlighting probably the most thrilling new voices in animation. The profiles will dive into the honorees’ inventive course of and spotlight what new initiatives we will anticipate to see from them sooner or later.

The occasion will probably be coated in print in addition to on-line at Selection.com and throughout Selection’s social media.

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