The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International is welcoming director Domee Shi back to her childhood hometown for a premiere screening of her new Pixar Animation Studios short Bao and an exclusive, behind-the-scenes talk on the making of this savory project. The event is set for Monday, June 11 at Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas.
“We are very excited to host up-and-coming director Domee Shi,” said Barnabas Wornoff, Chair, TAAFI. “Not only do we get to celebrate the fact that Domee is Canadian, but we get to elevate diversity within the industry.”
Bao will screen in theaters before Pixar’s Incredibles 2, which opens in the US and Canada on Friday, June 15. The studio’s first woman-directed short centers on a mother wrestling with the empty nest syndrome hatches a fantasy in which one of her handmade dumplings comes to life.
Shi was born in China and moved to Toronto when she was two years old. She graduated from Sheridan College’s Animation program, and following an internship at Pixar, Shi storyboarded on Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4. Shi is currently in the development stages of a feature film with Pixar Animation, based on one of her many other concepts.
The “Making of Bao” screening and director talk will begin at 7 p.m. on June 11; tickets are available here.
You can read more about Bao and Incredibles 2 in the June-July issue of Animation Magazine.