Acclaimed international animator to speak at Australian Children’s Content Summit in Coffs

Internationally-acclaimed animator Joaquim Dos Santos will be a special guest at the inaugural Australian Children’s Content Summit.

SEASONED director and producer Joaquim Dos Santos has just been announced as a special guest at this year’s inaugural Australian Children’s Content Summit in Coffs Harbour from Tuesday 29 August to Thursday 31 August at the city’s Pacific Bay Resort.

Described by the organisers as a web-slinger, referring to his close connection with Spider Man, Joaquim is an engaging speaker and is highly anticipated to entertain the Children’s Content summit audience.

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On stage for the summit’s ‘Lunchtime In Conversation’ series with platinum sponsor, Flying Bark Productions’ chief executive Barbara Stephen, he will share his insights and experiences in the children’s and family entertainment and media sectors.

Joaquim Dos Santos told News Of The Area, “Australia has a great creative reputation internationally and I’m really looking forward to connecting with the Australian production community.

“It is going to be a pleasure to be able to share stories and insights on the creative process, as well as meet Australian animators, artists and producers,” he said.

“Joaquim Dos Santos is an extraordinary creative talent who has worked on some of the animation world’s most high-profile movies and series,” Flying Bark’s Barbara Stephen told NOTA.

“His exceptional talent and unique vision have left an indelible mark on the animation landscape globally.

“I look forward to hearing his insights and discussing the current state of animation with fellow producers and friends.”

Dos Santos, acclaimed for his work on Sony Pictures Animation’s recently-released Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, will be ‘in conversation’ with Barbara on Day 2 of the summit, Wednesday 30 August.

Joaquim Dos Santos has directed, produced, and storyboarded on a variety of animated television shows, such as Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender, DreamWorks Animation’s Voltron: Legendary Defender and Warner Bros’ Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans.

He began his career 20 years ago at Sony Pictures Television in the television department working on animated series such as Roughneck: The Starship Troopers Chronicles and Men in Black: The Series.

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, he moved to North Hollywood when he was four years old, but spent his summers back in Portugal, which heavily influenced him as an artist.

Today he lives in California.

Suzanne Ryan, chief executive of SLR Productions based in Coffs Harbour and founder of the summit, is rapt to have Joaquim Dos Santos as special guest at the ACCS.

“I am thrilled to welcome Joaquim Dos Santos as a featured speaker at the inaugural Australian Children’s Content Summit on the beautiful Coffs Coast.

“His exceptional talent and creative prowess make him a fantastic addition to an esteemed summit lineup and we are looking forward to him sharing his inspiring journey and invaluable industry insights.

“I am equally excited to have Barbara Stephen, the visionary CEO of Flying Bark Productions, join Joaquim during the Day 2 lunch, which promises an unforgettable highlight of the three-day event.

“Joaquim’s remarkable talent and contributions to the animation industry make him an ideal speaker for our event, where industry representatives will gather to promote dialogue, build relationships and encourage business,” she said.

“We are excited to have Flying Bark Productions on board as a Platinum Sponsor and of course, for bringing Joaquim to this year’s event.”

To learn more about the Australian Children’s Content Summit see

The ACCS takes place on Tuesday 29 August through to Thursday 31 August 2023 at Pacific Bay Resort, Bay Drive, Coffs Harbour.


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