×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Disney, Nora Twomey and John Kahrs Honored With Women in Animation’s First Diversity Awards

Walt Disney Animation Studios along with filmmakers Nora Twomey and John Kahrs are the first recipients of Women in Animation’s inaugural WIA Diversity Awards, presented in partnership with the Spark Computer Graphics Society.

“Women in Animation’s mission is to affect change in the animation industry, and it is essential, in our view, to highlight and celebrate those organizations and artists who are making a difference,” says Marge Dean, WIA’s co-president.

Disney is being honored for its commitment to helping WIA achieve its goal of bringing change to the animation industry. The WIA says the studio, its leaders and artists have donated many hours a year to the organization and its causes, and the studio’s efforts to promote diversity are evidenced by their recent films “Zootopia,” which dealt with bias and stereotypes, and “Moana,” which featured a young Pacific Island girl as its hero. The award was voted on by select members of WIA’s board of directors.

Twomey is one of the co-founders of Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, along with Tomm Moore and Paul Young, and the director of “The Breadwinner,” about a young girl in Afghanistan who masquerades as a boy to help provide for her family during Taliban rule. The WIA is recognizing Twomey for depicting cultural differences and gender gaps in today’s world through the animated feature. This honor also was bestowed by select WIA board members.

Kahrs, who won an Oscar for his 2012 animated short “Paperman,” is being honored for his 2016 short “June: Life Is Better When You Share the Ride,” created for ride-sharing company Lyft. Kahrs’ honor was bestowed by Spark CG for showing how people can support each other regardless of age, gender, or race.

“We are so grateful to Spark CG for their partnership and to honor our honorees for their tremendous contributions to this cause,” says Dean.

The awards will be presented during Spark Animation 2017 in Vancouver. The festival runs Thursday through Sunday. Awards will be presented on the festival’s opening night.

Ahead of the festival, Spark Animation has announced that French animated short “Garden Party” has been named best in show.

Also at the fest will be former Disney animator Glen Keane’s new short with Kobe Bryant, “Dear Basketball,” making its Canadian debut. Twomey’s “The Breadwinner” will also screen at the festival. Kahrs’ “June” has been named the Spark fest’s best commercial, PSA & Self-Promotion.

More Film

  • RUDOLF NUREYEV 1961

    Film Review: 'Nureyev'

    It would be absurd to say that Rudolf Nureyev lived, or danced, in anyone’s shadow. He was a man who leapt and twirled and flew onstage, all muscle but light as a feather, with a freedom and force that reconfigured the human spirit. There’s no denying, though, that over the last few decades, and especially [...]

  • Die Kinder Der Toten review

    Film Review: 'Die Kinder Der Toten'

    The hills are alive (or rather, undead), with the sound of music (also mastication and the moaning of zombies) in Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska’s experimental, dialogue-free, home-movie-style riff on Elfriede Jelinek’s “Die Kinder Der Toten” (The Children of the Dead). A seminal text in Jelinek’s native Austria, the 1995 book has never been translated [...]

  • Idol review

    Film Review: 'Idol'

    How many twists can a plot undergo before it snaps? This, more than any of the many political, moral and personal conundrums that snake through “Idol,” seems to be the question writer-director Lee Su-jin is most interested in posing with his extravagantly incomprehensible sophomore feature. A seedy political thriller by way of grisly revenge movie [...]

  • The Last to See Them review

    Film Review: 'The Last to See Them'

    Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” stretches long as a late-evening shadow over Italian director Sara Summa’s feature debut “The Last to See Them.” The Italian title, “Gli Ultimi Viderli Vivere” which translates literally to “The Last to See Them Alive,” is also the heading of the opening chapter of Capote’s book. The setting is, similarly, [...]

  • Kalank

    Film Review: ‘Kalank’

    Events leading to the 1947 Partition of India serve as the forebodingly serious backdrop for the exhaustingly overextended razzmatazz of “Kalank,” writer-director Abhishek Varman’s lavish but ponderous Bollywood extravaganza, which opened in the U.S. on more than 300 screens the same day as its Indian release. Despite the preponderance of sets and costumes spectacular enough [...]

  • WGA Agency Packaging Fight Placeholder Writer

    WGA: 92 Percent of Writers Who Signed Statement of Support Have Fired Agents

    The Writers Guild of America estimated that over 92 percent of their members who support a new code of conduct for talent agencies have fired those representatives. Letters announcing formal termination will be delivered on Monday, the guild said in a late-hitting memo on Thursday, as most agencies will be closed tomorrow in observance of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content