China International
Cartoon & Animation Festival


01 May 14:30 - 17:50

Dr. Lei WANG
Barry COOK
Jay Hongjoo AHN
DATE Hayato

Banquet Hall B, White Horse Lake Jianguo Hotel

01 May 14:30 - 17:50

1. Form:Lecture + Dialogue + Q&A

2. Theme:The Making of Classics

3. Moderator:WANG Lei

Animation Director and Screenwriter

Chief Creative Officer, Escape Velocity Animation Studio

Associate Professor of Animation, Communication University of China

Dr. Lei Wang has been a well-known animation educator and creator in China. After a decade of leading the top animation school in China, Communication University of China (CUC), as the Deputy Dean of the CUC School of Animation, he founded the Escape Velocity Animation Studio (Beijing) with his colleagues in 2016. He created, directed and produced a number of animated series including Wool Wool Town, Kim and Jim’s Wormhole, The Mirage House in the Clouds, Tacit Blue, Nihao Planets, etc.


4. Guest Speakers:


Annie Award®-Winning Director of Mulan (1998)

Barry Cook was born on August 12th, 1958. He joined the Disney Animation Studio since 1981 and started his 17 years animation career there. In 1989, he worked as the effects animator for The Little Mermaid. During the following years, he served as the visual effects supervisor for the Disney classics Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Aladdin (1992). Later in 1998, he co-directed another Disney classic Mulan with Tony Bancroft and it earned him the Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing of The Annie Awards. Back then, Mulan hugely hit the global market with over 300 millions USD gross in total. In 2011, Barry’s directing work Arthur Christmas was nominated again for the Best Animated Feature of The Annie Awards and The Golden Globes. The movie was so prevalent among audiences that it received 22 nominations at the film festivals worldwide. His recent work includes Kong, a co-production project between China and Korea, and it’s currently being developed and produced by Robin Li’s Aquamen Entertainment.


MASTER 2: Jay, Hongjoo AHN

Executive Producer of The Nut Job and its sequel The Nut Job 2

As an independent animation producer, Hongjoo AHN (Jay) has successfully produced the box office hit The Nut Job and its sequel The Nut Job 2 separately in 2014 and 2017. The Nut Job itself has earned over 120 millions USD, which broke the box office record of independent animation movies. In 2016, Jay started up his company Astro-Nomical Entertainment and bonded with Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook to develop and produce animation projects Songhua and Mean Margaret.



Japanese Animation & Film Director

DATE has directed animated features Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden, and cooperated with Studio Pierrot and produced several popular works with diverse styles: ReReRe no tensai Bakabon, Gensomaden Saiyuki, Ultramarine Magmell, etc.


5. Admission Ticket:RMB ¥200 (Early Bird: RMB ¥160)