Frank E. Abney III
Frank E. Abney III is a writer, director and animator that has worked at all three of the major animation studios – Disney, DreamWorks and Pixar – animating blockbuster hits and award-winning films including Frozen, Big Hero 6, Kung Fu Panda 3, The Boss Baby, Coco, Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4. He was part of the cultural trust on Pixar’s forthcoming film, Soul. Most recently, Abney served as Executive Producer on the 2020 Academy Award-winning short Hair Love with Issa Rae for Sony Pictures Animation. He is currently directing an animated feature for Netflix while simultaneously developing a live action feature.
Abney’s original animated short film Canvas, which he wrote and directed, was recently licensed by Netflix and will be released on the platform in December 2020. Beyond his tremendous artistic talent, Abney is also a genuine leader in the animation industry as co-founder of the non-profit organization Rise Up Animation, which connects emerging BIPOC animators with established industry talent, fostering mentorships to empower emerging creators.