Women in Animation (WIA) honored Kyoto Animation with the 2020 WIA Diversity Award for Corporate Achievement at its fourth annual WIA Diversity Awards on October 28. The awards are part of the Spark Animation 2020 event, which runs virtually from October 29 to November 8.
The WIA Board of Directors honored Kyoto Animation for creating an inclusive studio based on a gender-balanced workplace. WIA honored the studio for supporting and encouraging women to enter the animation industry, with a model that gives women ongoing security.
Jinko Gotoh, Vice President of WIA, stated, “It is our honor to award this important award to Kyoto Animation. As a Japanese producer myself, I’m particularly proud of the way Kyoto Animation shares WIA’s inclusive principle of hiring female artists, as well as their commitment to training artists. They have also displayed tremendous courage in the face of terrible tragedy.”
The WIA Diversity Awards recognize and honors individuals, films, and organizations that have made an impact in expanding the diversity of voices in art and animation, either through their own work, fostering others’, or leading diversity initiatives that enrich the industry and society.
Kyoto Animation announced in July that it is accepting applications again for different positions for both fixed-term and year-round employment periods. The anime studio had postponed recruiting for the 2021 fiscal year due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The studio is accepting applications for animators, managers, and systems engineers, for both fixed-term and year-round periods. The company is also accepting general affairs personnel only for year-round periods, and 3D CG positions (modeling, rigging, effects, animation production) only for fixed-term periods.