LXiA Diversity in Animation Production Panel

Guest Speakers: Dawn Adepoju, Stephanie Chacon, and Trisha Vo.

The Q&A Panel will focus on their diverse background and journey breaking into the animation industry, as well as the lessons they have learned working in animation production.

For more information on this panel and how to attend, visit

Dawn Adepoju

Dawn Adepoju is a Post-Production Coordinator at DreamWorks Animation Television. She has worked on a variety of Netflix hits including Boss Baby: Back in Business (2018), She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018), and most recently, an upcoming Fast and Furious animated series. Dawn originates from Chicago, IL, which is home to her love for all things film and animation. In 2016, she graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor's degree in animation and a minor in creative writing. In the fall of the same year, she joined Nickelodeon Animation Studio as a production intern for SpongeBob SquarePants. In 2017, she made her permanent residence in Los Angeles, where she has since been a part of the DreamWorks family.

Stephanie Chacón

Stephanie Chacón is currently production manager on Nickelodeon’s Emmy Nominated series “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” She began her career in animation as a Fall 2012 Nickelodeon intern and has grown within the company starting as production assistant on Butch Hartman's "Tuff Puppy” and "Fairly OddParents" and then as production coordinator on Dave Cooper’s "Pig Goat Banana Cricket." Her love for animation began at a very young age and credits shows like Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, Doug- basically every 90’s cartoon kids grew up with- in fueling her love for the medium. She is passionate about helping to bring a creator’s vision to life and loves the role she plays in building/nurturing the team tasked to do it.

Chacón is first-generation born and raised in Southern California in the primarily hispanic city of El Monte. Her family immigrated from Guatemala in the early 80’s and she attributes her strong work ethnic to witnessing the struggles her family faced in order to build a better life in the United States. She strongly believes that it doesn’t matter where you come from but how hard you are willing to push yourself, how hard you are willing to work, and how bad you really want it.

Chacón graduated with a B.F.A in illustration from California State University- Fullerton.

Trisha Vo

Trisha Vo is a production supervisor who specializes in story & editorial for animated features and television production. She has worked in various capacities for DreamWorks Animation on projects including Guillermo del Toro’s TV series “3Below” as well as his Emmy-nominated series “Trollhunters.” Additionally, she helped develop and coordinate Croods, Turbo, and Home for DreamWorks Animation. She is currently supervising on Glen Keane’s Over the Moon for Netflix and Pearl Studio.



4th Annual Ground Zero Animation Expo 2019

LatinX in Animation is excited to announce that we will be an official sponsor for the 4th Annual Ground Zero Animation Expo 2019.

Ground Zero Animation Expo is an annual event held in Orange County, CA. For the 2019 4th Annual GZA Expo it will be held at The Boys and Girls Club of Stanton, and will take place June 8th and June 9th from 10AM - 6PM.

The Expo caters to those interested in breaking into the animation industry or anyone who appreciates animated films, shows, and shorts. The event also focuses on all parts of the industry from illustration, publishing, stop motion, fabricating and claymation/puppetry to character design, 3D modeling, prop/background design and much more.

Industry professionals are there to share all day at their tables, through panels, demos, lectures, workshop and during unique one on interactions. Ground Zero is a grassroots show that has a big impact.

GZAEXPO Website: https://gzaexpo.com/

Instagram: @gzaexpo | Facebook: @gzaexpo Twitter:

2019 GZAEXPO Tickets On Sale Now: Tickets Link
General Admission - Saturday, June 8th- $11.48
General Admission - Sunday, June 9th- $11.48
Panel + General Admission - Saturday, June 8th- $16.73
Panel + General Admission - Sunday, June 9th- $16.73



NALIP Media Summit
Representation in Animation

July 27
Website:  https://www.nalipmediasummit.com/

Representation in animation matters, now more than ever. This panel will discuss the importance of creating fully fleshed out, inspiring characters that remind audiences of themselves and show them it is okay to embrace what makes them unique.



July 28 - August 1
SIGGRAPH 2019 Website: https://s2019.siggraph.org/

Recharge and reboot at SIGGRAPH 2019, as multifaceted as you are—featuring global innovators who are changing what’s possible in computer graphics, animation, VR, gaming, and emerging technologies.


Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
July 31 - August 4
LALIFF Website: https://latinofilm.org

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival is the premier international event dedicated to showcasing the entirety of human experience from the Latino perspective, whether through film, television, digital, music, art, or any other vehicle, regardless of platform.

LALIFF 2019 Submissions Open
Deadline: April 26th
Submissions FAQ: https://latinofilm.org/submissions/



LightBox Expo 2019

LightBox Expo will take place from Friday September 6th through Sunday September 8th at the Pasadena Convention Center. Over 250 of the best artists from the Animation, Live-Action, Illustration, and Gaming industries coming together for the ultimate celebration of art.

LightBox Expo Website: https://www.lightboxexpo.com/

LightBox Expo Tickets On Sale March 6th: 

Animation & Entertainment News



Hola Mexico Film Festival

May 31 - June 8
Link: https://www.holamexicoff.com/



GLAS Animation Grant Program

Deadline: June 14
Link: https://www.glasanimation.com/grant/



Creative Talent Network
Storyboarding for TV wiith Jordan Kock

June 29
Link: https://eventregistration.ctnadmin.com/event_details.php?id=274

The Secret Life of Pets 2
June 7
Illumination Entertainment
Director: Chris Renaud, Jonathan Del Val
Starring: Kevin Hart, Patton Oswalt, Tiffany Haddish, Jenny Slate

Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.

June 17
Disney Television Animation | Disney Channel
Creator: Matt Braly
Starring: Brenda Song, Justin Felbinger

Ordinary Anne Boonchuy, 13, finds a treasure chest that sends her to Amphibia, a world full of frogs, toads, and giant insects. With help from Sprig, she must adjust to life in Amphibia and discover her first true friendship in her life.

Toy Story 4
June 21
Director: Josh Cooley
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Jordan Peele, Annie Potts

When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.