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Domee Shi    

Director at Pixar Animation Studios

Domee Shi is a Chinese-born Canadian storyboard artist and Director at Pixar Animation Studios. She has contributed to multiple films, including Inside Out (2015), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Toy Story 4 (2019). Outside of her storyboard career, Shi directed the 2018 short film Bao, becoming the first woman to direct a short film for Pixar. She is set to direct her debut feature film for the studio, Turning Red, in 2022. Bao won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards, and also earned nominations for the 43rd Annie Awards, the International Online Cinema Awards, and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Shi studied animation at Sheridan College, graduating in 2011. She drew inspiration from her own life as a child of immigrants when crafting Bao, and is influenced by her father's art, who was her art teacher while growing up.

Shi says that most of her ideas come from specific cultures around her, especially with respect to food. Shi thinks it's important to draw upon various sources and backgrounds in order to create uniqueness in film.

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