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Animated Women UK's mission is to positively support, represent, celebrate and encourage women in Britain's animation and visual effects (VFX) industries.
We want women from all backgrounds of the industry and at every stage in their career to fulfill their potential and realise their dreams.
We value openness, honesty and a positive approach towards collaborating with women and men to achieve our mission.
Our vision is to see a change in the UK's animation and VFX industries. We want to support a network of women who can help each other achieve success at every stage of the animation or VFX pipeline. This change will be visible when we see results such as: better female characters on screen, an increase in women-led start-ups and an increase in women winning awards in technical areas.
In order to do this we have developed 5 Key Aims that reflect the needs of women in our industries, they are:
Networking - Mentoring - Showcasing - Recruitment - Education
Animated Women UK was inspired by an event hosted in 2011 by Women in Film & TV and the London International Animation.
In September 2013 animation producer Lindsay Watson hosted a hugely successful soft launch at Mind Candy with excellent guest speaker Kate O'Connor (Deputy CEO at Creative Skillset). From there, a core group of volunteers was created who has now expanded to become the board. Each member comes from a different area of the industry and collectively we share over 100-years experience across most sectors of animation and VFX!
2014 got off to a great start with a showcasing event in London Soho's MPC where the audience were treated to an hour and a half of incredibly diverse animation featuring work from female animators and artists from across the UK. That year we also hosted show-and-tell sessions at The Cartoon Museum and a BBQ at Pinewood. We appeared at the University of Central Lancashire Symposium on Women in Animation, the Ravesnbourne Degree Show, Women in Games Symposium, Bradford Animation Festival, Manimation and Women 1st. We also chaired a panel of Women in VFX at BAFTA's Broadcast Forum.
2015 got off to an even busier start as our careers research was published and discussed at the Royal Society of Arts Symposium, an event featuring some of the top companies in animation and VFX employment in Britain. We hosted a subsequent workshop on raising your profile in animation and VFX at Double Negative, another summer BBQ at Pinewood, a November networking event and appeared at the Cambridge Watersprite Festival and Cartoons on the Bay.
Over the coming months we will be launching our membership programme, as well as hosting a variety of networking and showcasing events to support women in our industry, so keep an eye out for our next event or get involved via our social networks;
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