Jericca Cleland

Jericca Cleland

CEO/Creative Director, Wildermage Games Inc

An award-winning and highly-respected storyteller, Jericca Cleland has worked over 25 years in film and animation, with experience at Pixar Animation Studios, Aardman Animations, and Sony Pictures Animation. She contributed to the critically acclaimed feature films Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, Wolfwalkers, and Ballerina. Jericca has written and directed projects of varying budgets, media, and platforms, including computer animation, 2D animation, live action, and mixed media in features, documentaries, short films, series, interactive installations, and games. 

The through-line to all of her various works is a story, and now, as creative director and producer, Jericca steps into the world of games and innovative interactivity. She directed the mixed-media Song of the Sea VR experience with Cartoon Saloon and Oculus and independently financed the AR mobile adventure game Wildermage into production with the support of the Canada Media Fund and Creative BC. 

At Wildermage Games Inc., she has partnered with ootiboo GmbH on the Wildermage games and experiences, which transform a walk outdoors into a magical adventure for kids and families. Full of imagination, spell-casting, and nature-based characters, their next project, The Magic of Here, is a location-specific game experience installed into parks and other nature spaces that adds interactivity, story context, and deeper emotional relationship to each place. Jericca oversees the overall vision, experience design, and content creation of this magical and engaging, story-driven interactivity, combining innovation with a rich fantasy world for a transformative experience.

Jericca is an active member of Women in Games, Women in Animation, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Feature Animation Branch) as well as an accredited cinematographer with the Canadian Society of Cinematographers. In addition to her deep experience in film and story, she has a background in game design and software development with a B.S. in Software Engineering & Computer Science.

All Sessions by Jericca Cleland

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

WORKSHOP: Stewards of Change

Sparking imagination, conversation and ideation towards possible solutions. We are nature, all of us, and moving to a more sustainable future requires a vision and finding a vision takes creativity, problem-solving and collaboration.