Women in Animation Scholarship

The numbers of women in the animation industry are growing. From computer animators, to directors, voice actors, screenwriters and producers, women are becoming more prominent in an industry that has been notably lacking feminine influence and professionals. Much of this success is attributed to programs that recruit women into technical careers through scholarships and grants or provide internships and other opportunities to women and minorities. One of these organizations is Women in Animation International, a group dedicated to establishing and advancing women (and men!) in the field of animation.

Women in Animation International provides networking and industry-related seminars and events for those interested in animation, whether a professional animation director or student pursuing a degree in animation. This national organization also provides a scholarship to current students enrolled in an animation degree program to help student animators achieve education goals.

The Phyllis Craig Scholarship is named in honor of WIA member, Phyllis Craig, who is noted for her devotion to assisting others in becoming professionals in the animation industry. This scholarship is awarded annually to one deserving student chosen by the WIA scholarship committee. The 2011 winner of the Phyllis Craig Scholarship is Ivy Flores, a graduate student at the California Institute of the Arts. Flores currently attends CalArts’ Master of Fine Arts Film/Video Experimental Animation and Integrated Media program.

The number of female students currently enrolled in Animation Degree programs may point to an increase in the number of professional female animators. These animation professionals are able to provide a fresh perspective on the different aspects of animation, from scripts, to character development and even the visual styling of the animated film, short or television show. As more women enter into the field of animation, a wider variety of animated entertainment will be possible, showing that women are just as capable of entertaining audiences through the animated characters and stories that have become such an integral part of everyone’s lives.

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