Jo Meuris

Jo is an award-winning Dutch/Canadian/ Chinese/West Indian filmmaker from Canada. She holds an MFA in Film, Television, and Digital Media from University of California, Los Angeles, and a BFA in Animation from Concordia University. An animator by trade, her work can be seen in well over a dozen National Film Board of Canada productions, where she worked for fifteen years as an animator, supervising animator, and lead compositor, and where she also directed two films of her own. In 2014, Jo moved to the United States and spent nine years building the new animation program at Nevada State College in Las Vegas, where she taught animation, editing, and drawing, before finally landing in Los Angeles where she currently lives and works, teaching animation at Loyola Marymount University. Her most recent film, Aurora, was completed in 2020 and is independently produced. The film has screened at scores of festivals, is being distributed by the Animation Show of Shows, and was presented at San Diego Comic-Con International to an audience of 4500 in 2022. Jo continues to develop new animated projects and in her spare time, goes adventuring, and fights dragons for fun…

Participant Schedule

Sunday 10/29 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Diverse Talent Hiring in the Animation Industry

Room 211 | Bryan Dimas, Nicole Hendrix, Jo Meuris, Katie Dizon, Austin Faber, Bobby Pontillas

Provided by Asians in Animation, Black n Animated, BRIC Foundation, LatinX in Animation, Legends Animated, and Rise Up Animation, this panel would deeply discuss the challenges of getting diverse talent hired and supported in both the major animation studios and the independent animation community, as well as explore promising solutions for addressing those challenges.