Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus will host the 5th edition MIA Animation Conference & Festival, the only one of its kind on the east coast. Selected by Creative Bloq among the Top 10 Best Animation and 3D-focused Events Hosted Around the Globe, the conference and festival will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17.


Top industry professionals from the biggest animation studios in the world will participate in this year’s festival. Frank Gladstone, Animation Director and Supervisor for Walt Disney Animation, as well as Animation Supervisor for Shark Tale by Dreamworks, will deliver the keynote address Saturday, Oct. 17. Recent Emmy Award-winner Conrad Montgomery for Cartoon Network’s animated series Recess, and Mary Spio, Next Galaxy’s CEO and Virtual Reality Content Develop, who talk about the industry’s latest technologies and animation in broadcasting.


This year’s program opens Friday, Oct. 16, with registration at 9 a.m. and workshops beginning at 11 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Walt Disney Animation, Sony Imageworks, and Cartoon Network will review portfolios from conference attendees at MDC’s Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex (MAGIC). The finals for the new Game On, An Indie Game Competition (in partnership with MDC’s Idea Center) will take place at 3 p.m. Friday. Judges include John Schappert, CEO at Shiver Entertainment, and Frank Azor, Executive Director at Alienware.


Other highlights include the Pitch to the Industry, an opportunity for budding animators to pitch their best ideas at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at MAGIC. The Animation Festival will take place at 6 p.m. in the Wolfson Auditorium, followed by the awards ceremony.