I was invited to speak at this years' Creativa Fest: International Animation Festival held April 30th - May 5th in Mexico City. It is the largest gathering of people celebrating animation in Latin America and my first visit there.
My journey started out at the Los Angeles International Airport...waiting to board the plane.
|(some waited patiently and others consulted their cell phones as my pen captured their candid moments)|
Wednesday April 30th, first lecture...
The Creativa Fest events were held at the Expo Bancomer, a short ride from the hotel to the new business district, Santa Fe in the west part of Mexico City.
|(The venue: Expo Bancomer)|
Before my talk an interview...
|(Committee volunteer Elizabeth Solis Graniel (middle) interpreted for me.)|
Audience point of view...
my point of view!
I had not addressed an audience this large before.
The seating capacity was 450, plus those standing along the wall, with cameras and film crews rolling...the butterflies start up again. The first words out of my mouth make me sound like a blithering idiot. I stop speaking, apologize for my nervousness and start my presentation over again:). The audience laughed and clapped ("you're only human," they told me later).
After my talk and a robust question and answer session, I was ushered to another space to sign a few autographs...
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Over two and a half hours later the last signature is scribbled on a writing pad...(the pads were handed out to the attendees).
Back to the hotel for a room service meal and a good nights sleep:-).
(to be continued)