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ASIFA as an international network of animation chapters around the world provides opportunities for professionals and students in animation to share information and network globally through publications and public communications. As a nonprofit 501c3, the backbone of ASIFA-SOUTH (the South US chapter headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia) is the group of volunteers that are involved with us. We also offer internships every summer with a training program and ASIFA-SOUTH interns get involved in activities that promote animation through workshops, gatherings, and worldwide projects.


Today, we take a look back on spotlighting our past interns as they share some experience about interning with ASIFA-SOUTH and where they are now starting with our very own blog content creator, former ASIFA-SOUTH intern, and LA Liason including compiling information for this post: Win Leerasanthanah.

Win Leerasanthanah
Win Leerasanthanah: ” I am very thankful for ASIFA -SOUTH. As a content creator, I have the wonderful opportunity to share my ideas of what animation can be and also sharing inspiring content for filmmakers.
ASIFA -SOUTH has given me opportunities for connections and support that allow me to grow as an artist–I couldn’t be more thankful for the people who I’ve worked with.”

First interned with ASIFA-SOUTH : 2016 (Animation Intern)

Experience with ASIFA-SOUTH


Since 2016, Win has been volunteering as an intern by coordinating with ASIFA-SOUTH ‘s International Animation Day Screening in Savannah and writing blogs featuring artists in giving tips on becoming a better animator. He currently works for ASIFA-SOUTH as a liaison in Los Angeles and still writes for the organization.

Where is Win now?

Win is currently working at The Third Floor Inc. as a previsualization artist. He has worked since 2017 and has been involved in major projects including Solo: A Star Wars Story, Bumblebee, Avengers: Endgame and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. His animated short, The Fallen Swan was nominated for Student Academy Award in 2017 and is selected for screening in more than ten film festivals, earning numerous awards.


Nadine Promes
Nadine Promes: “With
ASIFA-SOUTH, I have the chance to get involved in the world of animation and share my ideas and experiences through my art and projects.”

Nadine Promes

First interned with ASIFA-SOUTH: 2014 (Programming Associate)

Experience with ASIFA-SOUTH

At ASIFA-SOUTH Nadine started as an intern helping to animate the RYO Showcase animated opening in hybrid stop-motion and 2D animation. She also helped with animation programming.

Where is Nadine now?

Nadine is currently an Executive Assistant at Chatrone LLC, which produced GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATED animated feature “the Book of Life” with Guillermo Del Toro based in Los Angeles.

She is currently working with ASIFA-SOUTH as an Outreach Coordinator for the programming team, juried for the ASIFAC Animation Festival 2018, and continues to work as a part of the liaison team for Los Angeles. She is the creator of OLA (Onda Latinoamericana Artistica) and an awarded participant for the Mitu & Sony Pictures Animation Accelerator Program. She was also a Storyboard Artist for several shows, including an unannounced 2D animation pilot by Slothique LLC and Hong Kong feature film from Rooftop Animation Studio and has previously worked as a production coordinator for the VP of Physical Production at Sony Pictures Animation.


Casandra Brewton-Johnson
Casandra Brewton-Johnson: “With
ASIFA-SOUTH , I have learned the importance of community involvement and how that connection enriches my relationship with artists and general public, building a strong networking experience.”


Casandra Brewton-Johnson

First interned with ASIFA-South: 2016 (Programming/ Education Associate)


Experience with ASIFA-SOUTH

Since interning for ASIFA-SOUTH since 2016, Casandra is working for ASIFA-SOUTH as a Committee Member and Sr. Programmer. She manages submissions for Animation Block for Children for ASIFA-SOUTH Film Festival. As an intern, she worked with the Education Department to assist with and act as a liaison in teaching the public about animation. She has led multiple workshops on Stop Motion and 2D animation at the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home foster care and has worked with Georgia Institute of Technology’s Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking.


Where is Casandra now?

Casandra continues to work for ASIFA-SOUTH with talented, open-minded people through networking and promoting artists. She has also helped to project manage an ASIFA-SOUTH creative incubator with School of Humans studio in Atlanta on an animated video series for Mike Rowe’s Scholarship Foundation.


Joshua Leonard
Joshua Leonard: “When I worked with ASIFA-South, I was brought in to do Character Designs and Illustration! I learned a lot and had a blast!”

Joshua Leonard

First interned with ASIFA-SOUTH : 2017 (Marketing)

Experience with ASIFA-SOUTH

As an ASIFA-SOUTH intern, Joshua Leonard worked as a Character Designer and Illustrator for ASIFA’s promo materials. He helped in creating 2D animated social media gif and videos and monster character variations based on existing monster mascots and branding.

Where is Joshua now?

Joshua is currently a freelance character designer for Nickelodeon. As an animator from Atlanta, Joshua works alongside with Lena Waith and her production company Hilman Grad to produce his animated series “Team Supreme”–a show which features superhero kids with medical differences. His work received recognition in countless venues, such as Atlanta Life Radio, Mashable, CREATIV Magazine, AMB Mag, and Black Enterprise. With these projects, Joshua continues to produce ambitious works in hopes of working for Disney Animation Studios.


Khushnam Mirza
Khushnam Mirza: “I have gained so much experience with ASIFA, and I am thankful that I get to work on projects that I’m passionate with!”

Khushnam Mirza

First interned with ASIFA-South: 2015 (Marketing Illustrator)

Experience with ASIFA-SOUTH

An illustrator, graphic designer, and motion media designer, Khushnam is involved with ASIFA-SOUTH as a Lead Designer and Illustrator since 2015. She was critical in working with the marketing team to help create original monster mascot designs version 01 for marketing collaterals.

Where is Khushnam now?

Khushnam works for AQUENT LLC Studios as a web designer and video and motion graphics for advertising and branding. She illustrated for AJC News for several articles. She has earned several awards, notably AIGA Type Fight from Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), MMGT: Doc Frank Award for creative logo design and Excellence in Product Design from Symbiosis Institute of Design.


Yadnee Kohok
Yadnee Kohok: “While at
ASIFA-SOUTH, I learned the practical applications as I collaborated with other artists and honed my creative and professional skills. It was an eye-opening experience.”

Yadnee Kohok

First interned with ASIFA-South: 2015 (Marketing Illustrator)

Experience with ASIFA-SOUTH

In her two years with ASIFA-SOUTH Yadnee has collaborated with other artists and professionals in promoting the organization and also organizing the events. She hosted animation workshops for young children, created the
animated opening for RYO Animation Festival 2015 and 2016 and for International Animation Day. In addition to her involvement, her short film Wild Encounter was screened in over 16 film festivals worldwide, including International Animation Day-ASIFA in Australia.

Where is Yadnee now?

Yadnee is currently working as a Motion Designer at Guidespark. Prior to this, she was an intern at Nickelodeon Animation Studios .


Ida Hem
Ida Hem: “I can say for sure that if it wasn’t for Asifa South’s support in the beginning, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Ida Hem

First interned with ASIFA-South: 2015 (Marketing Illustrator)

Experience with ASIFA-SOUTH

As an intern, Ida has helped with ASIFA-SOUTH for arranging festival events, designing creatures for website, judging festival submissions and being a PR for film festivals – a jack-of-all trades. Her short film, Roll Yer Own won the best short for ASIFAC film festival .

Where is Ida now?

Ida currently works full time at Nickelodeon as a character designer on Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. With perseverance and dedication to hard work, Ida recently received sponsorship for her work visa to work in-house at Nickelodeon.


Vinod Krishnan
Vinod Krishnan: “Through ASIFA, I got the chance to work with some of the most genuine people and it was truly an honor to be a part of the team that catered towards building an animation community in Atlanta.”

Vinod Krishnan

First interned with ASIFA-South: 2017 (Staffing and Internship Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator)

Experience with ASIFA-SOUTH

Since 2017, Vinod volunteered for ASIFA-SOUTH for staffing and handling internships. He has helped to organize film festivals, judging festival submissions and coordinate with interns in working for ASIFA-SOUTH. Currently, he is an ASIFA-SOUTH liaison in Los Angeles.

Where is Vinod now?

Vinod is a Concept Artist and 2D Animator for Ingenuity Studios. Previously, he worked at Nickelodeon and Disney TV as Designer and Storyboard Artist. On the side, he has been a SIGGRAPH Committee member for the past three years. With the help from his team, his VR narrative film, Bluebird won the Best VR Short at Cinequest Film Festival and got screened in seven other festivals.

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