EventMay 8, 2021

Elizabeth Ito Announced as 2021 Character Animation Producers’ Show Guest of Honor

An award-winning animator, Elizabeth Ito (Film/Video BFA 04) is the 2021 CalArts Character Animation Producers’ Show guest of honor. | Photo courtesy of the artist.

On Saturday (May 8), the CalArts School of Film/Video presents its annual Character Animation Producers’ Show with guest of honor Elizabeth Ito (Film/Video BFA 04). This year’s event is taking place virtually, featuring short animated films made by students of all year levels in the Character Animation Program. 

A long-standing member of the animation industry, Ito’s latest show City of Ghosts—a hybrid animation-documentary series that explores L.A.’s diverse neighborhoods through the adventures of the Ghost Team—is streaming now on Netflix.

Ito previously worked as a director and writer on Pendleton Ward’s (Film/Video BFA 05) Adventure Time. She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program in 2017 for the episode “Islands Part 4: Imaginary Resources.”

Ito is also the creator of “Welcome to My Life,” for which she received the 2017 New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) Audience Award. “Welcome to My Life” is also the second-most viewed animated short in Cartoon Network history to date. 

At Saturday’s screening, Ito will present the following awards during the show: the Peers’ Pick and Honorable Mention prizes, the Vimeo Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animated Filmmaking, and the Walter and Gracie Lantz Animation Prize.

The Producers’ Show is an industry-focused showcase juried by the Character Animation program’s faculty, free and open to the public. The program will be made available on the day of the show (May 8).

Event Details

2021 CalArts Character Animation Virtual Producers’ Show

Saturday, May 8, 4 pm PDT
Watch the Livestream here.

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