Executive Director: Marisa Tontaveetong
Location Headquarter: Atlanta, Georgia
ASIFA-SOUTH, formerly ASIFA-ATLANTA formed in 1995. In 2016 official debut this expansion at the Atlanta Film Festival. With a focused mission of promoting artist visibility, support of steam education, entrepreneurship for artists, and the promotion of inclusiveness and diversity in art.
ASIFA-SOUTH Animation Conference and Festival holds the only annual and largest ASIFA Animation Festival and Conference in the Southeast US with animation and industry-related panels / Past and present jury for the festival consist of industry professionals from Dreamworks TV, Floyd County Studio, Bento Box Entertainment, Sony Feature Animation, Primal Screen, the Weather Channel, and more. Extended screening of Asifa-South programming is also sent to partners in North Carolina, Savannah, and Florida.
The festival also highlights southern talents with their signature Southern Spotlight block that is sent to other chapters during International Animation Day celebration and festivals around the world and have screened in Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Central US, China, and more.
ASIFA-South committee members also regularly assist other festivals in jurying, curating, and screening for their animation festivals such as the Atlanta Film Festival's Oscar Eligible animated shorts category, NW Animation festival in Portland, Terminus Film Festival, and more. Partnering with the Atlanta Film Festival, we also brought the 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows to Atlanta in our mission to screen quality animation for the community.
Other than animation curation and screenings, ASIFA-South prides itself on community engagement, and regularly engages locally with partners such as the Georgia Production Partnership, Atlanta Film Festival, Terminus Film Festival, Art is King, Women in Film and Television, Georgia Game Developer Association, Dragoncon, Momocon, Bronzelens Festival to help carry out animation workshops and panels.
We also do free animation workshops and screenings for libraries, schools, and hospitals such as with the Oakcliff Elementary School, ReImagine, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, North Fulton Communities Charity, etc.
A key goal of Asifa-South is to increase the entrepreneurship skills of the artist to foster well-rounded business-savvy creatives. We started the Business Basics for Creatives 5-part workshop with entertainment Lee Morin in 2016 as a way to bring low-cost comprehensive entertainment law and startup education to the community. This seed of a beginning has inspired Lee's current work with Georgia State University College of Law in their creation of the more robust and fledged out educational initiative entitled, "Legal Basics for Entertainers, Athletes, and Other Creatives". Asifa-South also has a directory of Animators that we regularly use to help studios seek out talents.
We also recently launched our first creative incubator sponsored by the School of Human studios, content creators for Netflix, Hulu, AdultSwim in Atlanta designed to give participants real industry experience working with studios while honing their skills to add their portfolio in a trained environment. The program is open to existing creatives seeking to break into the industry or creatives interested in the process of animation. The lab takes place both virtually and within the studios of School of Humans, the program sponsor, and runs over a 2.5 months period with a $1500 honorarium for participants upon completion, complimentary all-access ASIFAC festival badge, and a certificate.
Asifa-South also takes in volunteers and interns keeping the focus on mentoring and guiding interns with tips for the industry and life experience towards future success. Past ASIFA-South interns have gone on to work at Sony Feature Animation, The Third Floor Studios, Nickelodeon, etc.
Our committee is made out of a diverse group of people from all nations, backgrounds, gender, disabilities. We are committed to seeking out content and encouraging content creators to tell their own stories and believe that in order to do so, our individual committee should be movers and shakers from all backgrounds. We believe in proactively reaching out to all demographics.
Our committee members in their spare time also engage in setting up and help with partnering organizations such as Out on Films for LGBT initiatives, creating nurturing programs such as Onda Latino Americana Artistica to nurture the industry in Latin America, and we regularly partner with organizations and individuals globally. We also do not limit our organization to just animators but understand that the art form is always changing and seek to educate and bring forth leading trends to the community.
We also have a free monthly mixer at the end of every month that brings out industry professionals from different studios to meet and greet people to talk about what they do. We believe networking is at the heart of what makes our organization a strong entity.
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