Please note that seating is limited so a timely RSVP is encouraged. 

Full event details and location is included in the below invite but please be sure to RSVP

by November 2nd. 

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) is inviting feature film and television writers and filmmakers to INDIGENOUS ANIMATION MASTERCLASS LAB


Moderated by Red Nation Celebration Institute Founder/President  Joanelle Romero, the panel will feature Network (s) [NBC/ABC/CBS] creative animation executives, Studio Executives, NBCUniversal talent and RNIFF talent;  all writers and filmmakers in attendance will have the opportunity to meet and greet with all panelists.  Topics will range from how to create a strong submission to the type of content that directly represents the Native narrative.

RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) Shorts Animated Program will screen, seven animated films, before the panel.  


RSVP The Main Gate is located on Genessee Avenue off of Beverly Blvd. Everyone must present photo ID and it must match the name on the guest list at the Security Gate. The guard at the gate will show you where to park.

Amos Sussigan
Director/ Visual Development Artist

After working at Paramount Pictures, Disney, Fox, DreamWorks and Netflix, Amos is now an artist for Ryan Coogler’s Space Jam 2 at Warner Brothers. Outside his studio work, Amos is a published author and has been awarded for writing and directing Broken Wing (2012), Swan Cake (2013), and art directing and co-producing Aria For A Cow (2015)- featuring one of the last songs of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) screening at more than 60 International Film Festivals.

Bob Kurtz

Bob Kurtz founder of Kurtz & Friends Animation, is a director, producer, artist, and designer who primarily works in films and TV commercials. He was educated at the Chouinard Art Institute. He later served as a governor of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Andreas Wessel-Therhorn

Andreas Wessel-Therhorn. He is known for his work on Hercules (1997), The Princess and the Frog (2009) and Tarzan (1999).

Sage Andrew Romero

Sage Andrew Romero is a member of the Tovowahamatu Numu (Big Pine Paiute) and Tuah-Tahi (Taos Pueblo) Tribes. He is an accomplished Hoop Dancer and has traveled internationally sharing the Culture of his people through song, story, dance and art. Sage also strives to be a positive role model for the Native youth and lives a life of Sobriety away from Drugs and Alcohol. Through culture an multimedia he hopes to instill pride within the youth and indigenous communities so they may continue carrying on the traditions on for future generations.

Reem Aliadib

Born and Raised in Damascus, Syria. Bachelor degree in Visual communication at the university of Damascus, Masters Degree in Animation and visual effects at the academy of art university in San Francisco, California. Currently I’m a Character and Prop designer at Warner Bors. Entertainment. Previously, A character designer and supervising designer with studio’s like Titmouse, Dream Works, Amazon, Netflix…etc In addition to my work in Animation I do illustrations and Editorial Art for Magazines and radio Shows like PRX’s Radiotopia Brownbook, Business Bear…etc


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