Domee Shi

Director, Pixar Animation Studios

Domee Shi (@domeeshi, she/her) began as a story intern at Pixar Animation Studios in June 2011, and was soon hired as a story artist on the Academy Award©-winning feature film “Inside Out.” Since then, she has worked on the feature films “The Good Dinosaur,” “Incredibles 2,” and the Academy Award©-winning “Toy Story 4.” 

In 2015 she began pitching some ideas for short films, and soon was green lit to write and direct “Bao.” A whimsical story loosely based on her own experiences growing up as an only child, and set in the Chinese community in Toronto, Canada, “Bao” screened in front of “Incredibles 2” and won the Academy Award© for Best Animated Short Film. Shi is currently making her feature film directorial debut on “Turning Red,” which is set to release in 2022.

Shi graduated from the animation program at Sheridan College, where her love of storytelling and animation really blossomed. Her biggest creative influences are the works of Studio Ghibli, 90s anime, Disney, Pixar, as well as the works of Yasujiro Ozu, Ang Lee, and Bong Joon Ho. Shi was born in Chongqing, China and resided in Toronto, Canada most of her life. She currently lives in Oakland, California and notes that her love of animation is only rivaled by her love of cats.

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