VIEW Conference has set its first three PreVIEW events for 2021. The free virtual talks feature the gamut of animated films: shorts, VR and feature.

First up, on Friday, Jan 15, will be the filmmakers behind Netflix’s three animated shorts: “Canvas,” directed by Frank Abney and produced by Paige Johnstone; “Cops and Robbers,” directed by Arnon Manor and Timothy Ware-Hill; and “If Anything Happens I Love You,” directed by Will McCormack and Michael Govier. The shorts employ three different styles, but each tell powerful and socially relevant stories.

“Canvas” follows a grieving grandfather who learns to embrace his creativity again with the help of his young granddaughter. “If Anything Happens” examines the aftermath of a school shooting. And “Cops and Robbers” uses animation to illustrate Ware-Hill’s poem about racial injustice and the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The virtual talk, dubbed “Go Behind the Scenes of Netflix’s First Three Animated Shorts,” begins at 10 a.m. PT.

The leaders of award-winning VR animation house Baobab Studios will headline “Baobab Studios at 5: Innovations in Animated Storytelling” on Saturday, Jan. 30, beginning at 10 a.m. PT. CEO Maureen Fan, chief creative officer Eric Darnell, chief technology officer Larry Cutler and head of content Kane Lee will look back on an eventful half-decade, which has included creating the shorts “Asteroids,” “Invasion,” “Crow the Legend” and “Bonfire.” The Baobab team will also discuss its current VR experience “Baba Yaga,” which explores the Eastern European legend through a tale of climate change. Baobab partnered with the UN on the production, which features the voices of Kate Winslet, Jennifer Hudson, Glenn Close and Daisy Ridley.

Director Gitanjali Rao will discuss her animated feature debut “Bombay Rose” during the third PreVIEW event on Friday, Feb. 12. “Bombay Rose,” made at PaperBoat Animation Studios, follows a young dancer as she navigates life on the streets of Bombay. The talk begins at 9 a.m. PT.

PreVIEW events are being planned for each month of the year leading up to the VIEW Conference, which will begin on Oct. 17. To register for the free events, visit the VIEW Conference website.

“Our team is already working hard to make VIEW 2021 bigger and better than ever before,” says conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez. “The PreVIEW season of free online events is a wonderful way to stay in touch with our VIEW family around the world, and the perfect platform to showcase some of the exciting projects reaching fruition during the run-up to the conference in October.”

The VIEW Conference is held in Turin, Italy, each fall, bringing together an array of top professionals in computer graphics, interactive and immersive media, animation, visual effects, games, virtual reality and much more. The conference is set to take place Oct. 17 through Oct. 22, both virtually and in-person at the OGR venue in Turin.