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The Cartoonists of Color, Queer Cartoonists, and Disabled Cartoonists databases were created and are maintained by cartoonist MariNaomi as a way to spotlight marginalized comics creators. The databases are used by booksellers, librarians, academics, editors, book publishers, event organizers, readers, and more.
Cartoonists of Color Database
Disabled Cartoonists Database
Queer Cartoonists Database
Great Women Animators Database
This database is dedicated to sharing the contributions and profiles of women, trans, and gender non-conforming animators from the 1900s-present. The database is maintained by Heather Kai Smith, a researcher and artist based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Skye Lobell, Edwin Rostron, Adriana Baradri, Neal Moignard, and Quickdraw Animation Society.
Panimation (previously known as Punanimation) was founded in February 2015, by 3 friends: Bee Grandinetti, Hedvig Ahlberg, and Linn Fritz. Today the community consists of over 4,000 artists.
Their site contains a directory of women, trans and non-binary artists working within the many different fields and specializations of animation and motion graphics.
Women Who Draw
This directory has an emphasis on female illustrators who have a range of underrepped identities.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES & STUDIOS
Black Women Animate
Black Women Animate was founded by Taylor K. Shaw to help black women, women of color, and nonbinary artists of color in the world of animation obtain visibility and job opportunities. The group creates original content and is open to work for hire. BWA also conducts two training programs: Black Girl Animators Collective and the Equity Excelerator for emerging women and nonbinary animators.
Fedora is a Mexican production company focused on animation, founded by Camilla Uboldi and Lucia Cavalchini.
Flavour Cel is a collective of 11 underrepped professional artists based in the Unceded Coast Salish territories. The studios hopes to provide a model for animators to collaborate outside of the traditional studio + independent production binary.
Get It Girl Collective
Get It Girl Collective is made up of 3 illustrators and a producer who put together work that spotlights the female experience.
Gentleman Scholar is a creative production company and full-service studio driven by curiosity and an eagerness to engage viewers on an emotional level. With offices in Los Angeles and New York, and a broad collection of award-winning creators, Gentleman Scholar produces work that is driven by substance and supported by style.
Lion Forge Animation
Lion Forge Animation is a media company that creates animated content that challenges expectations and reflects the diversity of modern viewing audiences. The culturally significant and critically acclaimed short "Hair Love" was the studio’s first release, and won an Academy Award® in 2020, for “Best Animated Short Film.” Founded in 2019, Lion forge Animation is a subsidiary of Polarity, a diversified global media company established in 2018 by David Steward II.
Founded by Milana Karaica, NERD Productions values directors and illustrators from "all walks of life." The company crafts live-action, animation, mixed-media and illustration styles for TVCs, online content, OOH/DOOH and more with branches in London, the Midwest, East Coast, LA, & Mexico.
Passion Animation Studios
Passion Animation is committed to signing 50% women animators and aims to have gender-balanced crews. They have branches in US, UK, France, and Australia.
Psyop is a production company founded by a group of five talented artists, two of whom are women. The company has an international roster of storytellers and designers. Psyop's Blacklist roster has carefully curated and produced for the best design and animation studios around the globe since 2006.
Strange Beast is a London-based full-service production studio that is also committed to their gender balanced roster of artists.
Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace
Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace is an Aboriginally determined research-creation network whose goal is to ensure Indigenous presence in the web pages, online environments, video games, and other virtual outlets.
Access VFX is a cross-company initiative made up of companies and educational groups with a mission to promote the inclusion of underrepped identities in the VFX industry.
African Animation Network
The African Animation Network is a pro-profit, talent-driven social enterprise that endeavors to build a sustainable African animation industry.
Association of Bangalore Animation Industry
ABAI is a non-profit organization committed to developing the Animation, VFX and Gaming industry in India.
Ladies in Mograph
Based in Los Angeles and founded by Heather Aquino and Rachel Yonda, the org supports women designers, animators, directors and producers in the Motion Graphics industry with their newsletter of resources and meetups.
Founded by Justin Cone and Carlos El Asmar, the site emphasizes work by underrepped animators through resources and spotlights on studios, freelancers, and students in animation.
Animator Monique Henry-Hudson's platform provides:
Talent consultation, animation development consultation, and services to recommend you talent ready for hire
A podcast for underrepped animators
Spotlights for animations by underrepped creators
Strong Women in Motion
Strong Women in Motion supports women, trans, and non-binary animators working out of Minnesota through resources, challenges, events, and podcasts.
Women in Animation
Founded in 1995, WIA is one of the biggest and longest-running groups dedicated to advancing women in the field of animation. WIA consistently hosts a large amount of programs for underrepped animators, from a job board, podcasts, mentorship programs, scholarships, a member directory, etc.
WIA plans to host online educational events soon for its community.
Women in Visual Effects
Women in Visual Effects is a portrait and video series aimed to highlight and advocate the talented women within the visual effects field of film and television.
Women in VR/AR (Facebook Group)
Women in VR/AR is a professional group for women, minorities, and allies to connect and collaborate with each other as well as have constructive conversations in a space that is conducive to professionalism and the sharing of different perspectives without promoting institutional misogyny/reinforcing social constructs that inhibit the ideals of equality, diversity, and inclusion.