Join LatinX in Animation as they host some of the most influential creators and producers of up-coming animated projects. Moderated by Remezcla's Film & TV Editor, Vanessa Erazo. This Animation Masterclass will reveal the influences behind these talented artists, writers and creators, and how their unique perspectives help bring their projects to life.
Pilar Flynn – Producer of Elena of Avalor
Pilar Flynn is the Producer on Disney’s Elena of Avalor, which follows Disney’s first princess inspired by Latin cultures and folklore. Flynn is a native of Chile and Ecuador and spent most of her early life in countries throughout South America and Europe. She began her animation career at DreamWorks where she co-produced the award winning short, First Flight, and worked on the production of films such as The Road to El Dorado, Sinbad, Spirit, Madagascar and Flushed Away. Flynn then went on to serve as Associate Producer of the animated feature films Mean Margaret and Astroboy. Flynn Co-Produced the groundbreaking R-rated animated feature Sausage Party starring Seth Rogen. Following her passion for innovative media, Flynn also wrote and produced My Beastly ABCs, a heartwarming interactive storybook named Top Ten Kid App of the Year for 2012 by USA Today.
Miguel Jiron – Director of Spider-Ham: Caught in a Ham & Story Artist for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Miguel Jiron is a story artist at Sony Pictures Animation, who most recently worked on the studio’s latest feature film, the Academy Award®-winning“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Jiron also directed an original short titled “Spider-Ham: Caught in a Ham,” for the home entertainment release of the film.
Jiron has directed several animated shorts, which have screened at film festivals around the world including SXSW, Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Slamdance, Ottawa International Animated Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. He has also painted for artist Takashi Murakami.
In 2015, Jiron was named one of Variety’s Top Animators to Watch, and in 2018, one of Animation Magazine’s Rising Stars.
Niki López – Creator & Producer of Santiago of the Seas
Niki López is the Creator and Producer of Nick Jr.’s Santiago of the Seas, an action-adventure series that follows eight-year-old Santiago Montes, a brave and kind-hearted pirate, as he embarks on daring adventures in a fantastical Caribbean world. López was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL to earn a BFA in Illustration. Her animation career began as a Nicktern for Nickelodeon Animation Studios, where she got hired shortly after as a production assistant on “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness” and then as a color designer on “The Fairly Odd-Parents”, “Harvey Beaks”, and “Glitch Techs”. In 2018, she was selected as one of Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch. In her free time, Niki enjoys dabbling in aromatherapy and drinking tea while sharing ghost stories to anyone willing to humor her.
Silvia Olivas – Executive Producer & Head Writer of Maya and the Three
Silvia Olivas is an incredibly versatile EMMY, ANNIE and HUMANITAS nominated writer/producer. She has worked on multi-camera and single camera sitcoms, live-action, animation, direct-to-videos and feature films. As Co-Executive Producer and Head Writer on Disney’s first Latina Princess series, ELENA OF AVALOR, Olivas was chosen as VARIETY MAGAZINE’S TEN SCRIBES TO WATCH. Currently, Silvia is the Co-Executive Producer and Head Writer on Netflix’s animation series MAYA AND THE THREE. And most recently, she sold an original live action limited series musical to Netflix!
Eric Robles – Co-Creator & Executive Producer of Glitch Techs
Eric Robles has been living his childhood dream since landing his first animation job in 1995. Since then, he has made his creative mark on countless projects, including his current role as Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Nickelodeon’s newest animated series Glitch Techs, an adventure-comedy which boasts a multi-ethnic cast that surrounds two newly recruited kids who battle video game monsters that come into the real world. Robles is also known as the Creator and Executive Producer of Nickelodeon’s Five Time Emmy award winning CG-animated comedy series, Fanboy and Chum Chum. He also contributed to the studios shorts program and produced a Stop Motion short named Zombie Brothers which he again pushed the envelope with his unique creative vision. While studying law enforcement as a teenager, Robles entered the world of animation after an instructor encouraged him to put together an art portfolio. Eric then caught the eye of Graz Entertainment’s Stephanie Graziano, who brought him in-house for his first internship. Jobs on the studio’s X-Men, Streetfighter, and The Tick series soon followed. Robles is a self-taught artist out of the Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank area and has held lead designer roles at several Hollywood studios, including Dreamworks Animation, Walt Disney Animation, Universal Studios Creative, Cartoon Network, MGM Animation, and The Jim Henson Company.
MODERATED BY VANESSA ERAZO – FILM & TV EDITOR AT REMEZCLA
Vanessa Erazo is a journalist and film programmer. She has worked in various capacities for film festivals in San Francisco, Mexico City, and New York. After receiving an M.A. in Latin American Studies from New York University, she served as the Documentary Programmer at the New York International Latino Film Festival. For the last six years, she has led and shaped Remezcla’s Film and TV coverage as an editor. She is also a Co-Founder of Cinelandia, an online guide to Latino films playing across the U.S. She has served on the jury of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Mendocino Film Festival, Cinema Tropical Awards, and Princess Grace Foundation Film Awards. Her work has appeared on Remezcla, Indiewire, and in the New York Times.