Cartoon Network Studios and Black Women Animate (BWA) have joined forces again to host their second annual BWA Boot Camp Training Day on Saturday, Oct. 12.


Themed Directing the Future, the extensive training day will include masterclasses and breakout panels focusing on animation, storyboarding, writing and more.
The creative team of the Peabody Award-winning series Steven Universe will lead a session focused on the development of the show and storylines focused on diverse characters and inclusivity.

Throughout the event, masterclasses will be available and focused on empowering attendees with the skills and business acumen needed to advance in the industry. Taylor Shaw, BWA founder and chief executive officer, will moderate a conversation on “Owning the Table” alongside Brenda Gilbert, BRON Studios co-founder and president. JLove Calderón, BWA managing partner, will also host a discussion about the importance of resilience, impact and allyship. Artists can submit an animated short that a panel of esteemed judges will review before deciding which submission will be screened at the event.

Cartoon Network Studios is committed to supporting diverse and emerging talent by providing education and inspiring creativity. The studio launched CNS Academy to provide resources and tools to a growing animation community to help discover and develop their professional and personal skills. Currently, one of its programs, the Storyboard Artist Training Program, is open for submission. 
For more information about the Black Women Animate Boot Camp Training Day, visit: bwa.bootcamp.com 
JLove Calderón and Taylor K. Shaw
Black Women Animate was founded by visionary creative Taylor K. Shaw in partnership with Activist Influencer and Content Creator JLove Calderón, Black Women Animate(BWA) is the first and only production company created to change the world of animation by providing women and nonbinary animators of color with the resources needed to be influencers in the industry.

Shaw and Calderón saw firsthand the lack of diversity in their industry, so they joined forces to transform the quality and scope of animated productions. With a slate of multiple original properties, BWA gives women and nonbinary creatives of color their rightful place in the creative process and the power to control their narratives. http://blackwomenanimate.com
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