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AnimfxNZ 2014 - We’re back!

Hey Animfxers! That’s right, AnimfxNZ 2014, the animation, games and visual effects conference is back to our usual November slot and the first speakers have been announced! From November 21-22 we'll be bringing together some of the biggest and brightest names in the global digital entertainment industry for two days of learning, sharing and networking.

Check out the awesome speaker line up here 


Speaker Line-up 

Dean DeBlois
Writer/Director
Dean DeBlois is a Canadian writer, director and producer best known for co-writing and directing Disney’s Lilo & Stitch and Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon. This year Dean released the highly anticipated How to Train Your Dragon 2, becoming the highest-grossing animated film of the year.

Fabian Erlinghauser
Animation Supervisor, Cartoon Saloon
Fabian has a long history in animation. He has been with Academy-Award-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon for 14 years, worked on projects for MTV, Vodafone and illustrated for Random House Publishing. His latest project includes working as 1st Assistant Director of Animation on the upcoming feature film Song Of The Sea.

Michael Polis
President, Atomic Toybox Entertainment, Inc.
From puppets to dinosaurs and magic cartoon boxes, Michael has developed, managed and produced award-winning content for some of the world’s most celebrated entertainment brands. Michael has extensive experience in educational animation as executive producer for Emmy nominated Yo Gabba Gabba (Nickelodeon) and Kermit's Swamp Years (The Jim Henson Company).  

Mario Wynands
Managing Director and Co-founder of Sidhe and PikPok
Mario is the co-founder and Managing Director of New Zealand’s largest game development studio and digital publisher across mobile, tablet, and desktop. Known around Wellington as the Godfather of video game development, Mario has spent the last 17 years overseeing the creation of a console, smartphone and tablet games including GripShift, Jackass the game and Into the Dead. 


Lots more keynote, panel and Weta Digital Day speakers will be announced this week!


Register now!

Something look a little different? We’ve changed up the format this time round to bring you a jam-packed Friday conference and the popular Weta Digital Day on Saturday! 


Now in its ninth innings, AnimfxNZ has a long history of attracting a diverse range of digital entertainment talent and expertise. Industry professionals at the top of their game congregate alongside students at the very beginning of their careers.  Creative, technical and entrepreneurial minds gather to share ideas, discover new talent, network, brainstorm, invent, inspire, plan and ponder.

If you are an animator, a 3D or 2D artist, producer, director, digital media professional, vfx supervisor, an advertising agency professional, writer or teacher, then AnimfxNZ 2014 is for you.
 
- The AnimfxNZ team