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Turning Red: In Conversation with Domee Shi, Writer/Director

VIFF Talks feature an array of seasoned industry professionals and emerging talent eager to share expertise on their craft
April 7, 2022
}1:30 pm
Image: Disney & Pixar

Telling the story of a 13-year-old Chinese Canadian girl who transforms into a giant red panda when upset, Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red is a spirited and charming first feature from Domee Shi. Pixar’s first animated feature solely directed by a woman, it’s also their first Asian lead character and all-female leadership team. Shi previously directed the 2018 short film, Bao, and similarly broke new ground by becoming the first woman to direct a Pixar short film. Adored by audiences, Bao won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 2019. We’re excited to chat with Shi, a Chinese Canadian animator, director, and screenwriter about the making of Turning Red, including pitching, storyboarding, her anime-and-manga-influenced design, and the film’s singular sensibility.





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