Festival by Pixelatl, Mexico’s largest animation industry conference, returns for its fourth edition from September 9-13 at the Las Mañanitas resort in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Focusing on comics and videogames in addition to animation, the festival is organized by Pixelatl, a group that promotes the growth of creative industries throughout Mexico and aims to create links between Mexican artists and global creative industries.
A key part of Pixelatl is its Ideatoon summit, a series of conferences, workshops, consultations, and meetings that give Mexican artists access to entertainment executives and investors from international companies. Here’s a video that offers a glimpse of last year’s event:
Over 50 guests from 11 countries will participate in Pixelatl next month. The festival announced its full guest line-up today, and it’s an impressive list of top industry names, both on the artistic and management side.
Some of the key international guests who will attend this year include:
Phil Tippett, founder of Tippett Studios and former head of ILM’s Creature Shop
Mark Osborne, director of The Little Prince and Kung Fu Panda
Noelle Stevenson, creator of Nimona and co-creator of Lumberjanes, both comics which have been optioned for theatrical features
Bill Plympton, director of seven indie animated features
Jorge Gutierrez, director, The Book of Life; co-creator, El Tigre
Michiru Yamane, composer of Castlevania and Skullgirls game series
Pete Browngardt, creator of Uncle Grandpa
Regina Pessoa, winner of Annecy Cristal for Tragic Story with Happy Ending
Rob Edwards, screenwriter, The Princess and the Frog and Treasure Planet
Annie Atkins, graphic designer, The Boxtrolls and The Grand Budapest Hotel
Leah Moore, comic writer, Albion and Wild Girl
Javier Fesser, director of Mortadelo and Filemon: Mission Implausible
I attended Pixelatl to present a lecture last year, and though my speaker obligations precluded the chance to meet as many people as I would have liked, I was deeply impressed by the talent and passion of the Mexican artists who were in attendance. That’s why Cartoon Brew will return to Pixelatl this year as a media sponsor. I’ll be there all week and I’m looking forward to learning more about the fast-rising animation scene in Mexico. Look for more Pixelatl-related coverage on Cartoon Brew in the weeks to come.