In a world where societal expectations often limit the potential of young girls, PIVOT, sheds light on the challenges faced by a 12-year-old girl named Ashley. Directed by the award-winning Ana Gusson and written by the talented Robyn Campbell, this animated short film is more than just a story; it’s a powerful narrative that transcends boundaries and encourages authenticity.

A Story of Empowerment

PIVOT revolves around Ashley, a young girl forced to conform to traditional gender norms imposed by her mother. The film poignantly explores Ashley’s journey as she confronts societal expectations and strives to pursue her own aspirations, challenging the stereotypes placed upon her.

Women in Animation’s ACE Program

Produced in Vancouver B.C., PIVOT is a product of Women in Animation’s ACE Program, a Canada-wide initiative that empowers women in midlevel animation careers. Through mentorship and collaboration, the program aims to elevate women to leadership positions within the animation industry while creating compelling animated short films.

The Creative Minds Behind PIVOT

  • Ana Gusson: An accomplished 2D Animator and director, Gusson brings her expertise from productions like MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE and Netflix’s ARCHIBALDS NEXT BIG THING.
  • Robyn Campbell: An award-winning Canadian screenwriter with a passion for inclusivity, Campbell’s storytelling for LEGO FRIENDS and her commitment to diverse narratives shine through in PIVOT.
  • Tini Wider: Producer Tini Wider, founder of Wider Entertainment Inc, has achieved a significant milestone in her career with PIVOT and is currently a VFX Producer at Industrial Light and Magic.
  • Cindey Chiang: An award-winning Art Director and Visual Development Artist, Chiang’s creative vision has left its mark on productions such as THE ANGRY BIRDS movies and the upcoming GARFIELD animated feature.
  • Erica Miles: an award-winning Animation Director, she has lent her talent to projects like HILDA, 101 DALMATION STREET, and TROLLSTOPIA, showcasing her versatility and skill in the animation industry.
  • Eva Pekárová: A composer and musician, Pekárová’s captivating scores for documentaries, films, and animations, including PIVOT, have earned her recognition and praise.

A Glimpse into the Future

PIVOT has not only gained acclaim on the festival circuit but has also qualified for consideration at the 2024 Academy Awards. Its thought-provoking narrative, combined with the exceptional talent of its all-female creative team, positions it as a culturally influential animated short that challenges societal norms.

Limited-Time Viewing

For a limited time, audiences can experience the impact of PIVOT by watching the film online at Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the power of storytelling, animation, and female empowerment converge in this groundbreaking film.