animationCape Town International Animation Festival’s Women Transforming Animation Programme is a series of lectures, discussions, masterclasses, and networking events all aimed at helping women connect and create new networks with industry veterans and leaders. WTA throws a spotlight on women changing the landscape of the animation industry. In partnership with Reel Stories / BAVC Media, WTA provides training and upskilling resources and opportunities during the Festival and throughout the year.

mary‘Reel Stories is thrilled to be included in the Cape Town International Animation Festival. Only 20% creatives in animation are women, and Reel Stories aims to change the representation behind the scenes in the animation industry. Partnerships with amazing festivals like CTIAF are vital for us to move the needle towards a more equitable film industry.’ says Esther Pearl, Producer and Founder of Reel Stories.

Meet our "Women Transforming Animation" Programme Coordinator -Mary Glasser

Mary's experience includes strategy consulting to clients in filmed and live entertainment, including Disney, as well as strategic planning and M&A at Ticketmaster.
Entertainment, education, and providing access to opportunity are her passions; CTIAF is the happy intersection of all three!


Highlight on Esther Pearl - Reel Stories Founder

estherEsther Pearl founded Reel Stories, the only female owned & run non-profit film program for women. Having spent over 20+ years working in Production Management in the entertainment industry. The majority of her career was spent at Pixar Animation Studios where her film credits include Academy Award winning films The Incredibles, Wall-e, and Monsters, Inc

Whats on the WTA Program?


  • De-mystifying the Role & Career path of Producers
  • From Script to Screen - How do you take your animated film from treatment to the theatres / streamers?
  • Warner Media's current and coming projects across Africa

In Person

  • Script-writing and Story Structure
  • Animation in Documentary Film-making
  • How to build an Ecosystem & Opportunities for Creative Enterprise

These and a whole lot more are on the programme, refer to the website for the full schedule of talks.

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