Variety announces 10 animators to watch, Domee Shi in honors

diverse And Nickelodeon meet again at this year’s 10 Animator to Watch event in Los Angeles. The Personal Cocktail and Awards Ceremony on October 6th will celebrate the rising creators of animation who are making their mark in the industry.

This year’s Leading Storytellers category includes: Fawn Veerasunthorn, director of “Wish” (Walt Disney Animation Studios, 2023); Carissa Valencia, creator and presenter, “Spirit Rangers”; Gaston Gordon Montgomery, creator of “Invincible Fight Girl”; Christian Link and Alex Yee, creators of “Arcane”; Niraja Raj, creator, “Meow or never”; Shea Fontana, EP, “Monster High”; Arthur Fong, Art Director, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Chaos; Sergio Valdivia, Stop Motion Painter, “Pinocchio”; Natasha Klein, creator of “Primos”; and Joe Bennett, director, writer and animator, “Scavengers Reign.”

In addition, Pixar Animation Studios filmmaker Domee Shi will receive the 2022 Creative Impact in Animation Award. Shi is one of the most exciting voices in the cartoon. former diverse A recipient of 10 Animators to Watch, she has been instrumental in creating some of the hottest animation features in recent years, including “Inside Out,” “Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story 4.” In 2019, she won an Academy Award for the movie “Bao” which she directed and wrote. This year, Shi’s directorial debut “Turning Red” marks an exciting new climax in her already impressive career. She is also part of Pixar’s creative leadership team, where in her role as Vice President of Creative she participates in making major creative decisions in the studio and advises films in both development and production.

“I am so grateful to partner with diverse For the eighth year as we celebrate the best in animation, said Ramsay Naito, head of animation at Nickelodeon and Paramount. ‘This event is a wonderful showcase of the incredible work that touches so many artists’ hearts, and we at Nickelodeon are proud to provide a platform for their creativity. A big congratulations to all the wonderful artists on this year’s list, especially Shea Fontana and Arthur Fong for their artistic vision and dedication to their work at ‘Monster’. High’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.’

“We are excited to be partnering with Nickelodeon for the 10 Animator to Watch event for the eighth year in a row. The show continues to highlight promising new voices in animation,” said Steve Gaydus, Executive Vice President, Content, diverse. “Alumni from our top 10 to watch list have gone on to achieve exciting new career heights, as evidenced by this year’s Creative Impact in Animation and previous 10 watch recipient, Domee Shi.”

The event will coincide with miscellaneous Feature 10 animators per year, published on October 4th, to highlight the most exciting new voices in animation. The profiles will delve into the creative process of the professionals and highlight new projects we can expect to see from them in the future.

The event will be covered in print as well as online at and via miscellaneous Social media.

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