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Virtual Conference with 2021 Awards Season Directors

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Last week, VIEW Conference hosted a discussion with six of the directors behind Pixar’s SparkShorts series. It, like other monthly preVIEW events, was a virtual event open to the public, free of charge.

The discussion gave the directors the chance to answer engaging questions about filmmaking. It was a great opportunity to hear more from Pixar creatives who invested months of work into films like Burrow and Out, both of which are shortlisted for the 2021 Oscars’ Best Animated Short Film category.

With awards season in full swing, this month’s talk is turning towards contenders in feature animation. The directors of Soul, Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, and Onward, Dan Scanlon, will be attending the newest discussion.

The other directors attending are: Glen Keane (Over the Moon), Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart (Wolfwalkers), Joel Crawford (The Croods: A New Age), Walt Dohrn (Trolls World Tour), Kris Pearn (The Willoughbys), Gitanjali Rao (Bombay Rose), and Will Becher & Richard Phelan (A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon).

The free-to-attend event is this Friday, March 5th, 2021 at 7pm CET, 10am PST. You can register here.

If you would like to submit questions you can do so before the event here. Guests are also welcome to donate to support the conference and other events like this in the future.

We still are waiting on the final nominees for the Oscars’ Best Animated Feature category. It’s strange to see this year’s award ceremonies presented virtually but it didn’t make this past Sunday’s win for Soul any less of a happy occasion. It was also heartening to see both of Pixar’s 2020 features nominated for the Golden Globes.

Our 2020 was a little less dark thanks to the incredible work produced by the animation industry. It will be exciting to hear from such a varied and talented group of directors. Going off of what we listened to last week, we expect this Friday’s talk to be another solidly enjoyable and informative discussion!

Last modified: March 8, 2021

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