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A CONNECTED WORLD THROUGH ANIMATION

ASIFA-South is currently the Southeastern Chapter in the international animation network under ASIFA International, headquartered in Atlanta. The goal of ASIFA-South is to foster and unite the animation community locally and globally to promote artists and the art of animation. We aim to better the industry through communication and collaboration.

ARTIST VISIBILITY & GLOBAL COMMUNITY

At the heart of ASIFA-South, we care about making the world a better place through animation and being a professionally recognized organization for creatives in the animation field. We are focused especially on being a driving force in the development of a sustainable creative industry in the South Eastern region of the US.

EMPOWERING PROFESSIONALS AND EARLY CAREER ARTISTS

With a focus on empowering artists, we have year-round workshops, events, and masterclasses focused on critical and sustainable practices to nurture both professional and emotional intelligence.

CELEBRATING AND AMPLIFYING THE VOICES OF THE COMMUNITY

We believe that empathy makes us better animators. We focus on fostering a supportive open-minded community based on inclusion where diverse voices can be respected to encourage the growth of well-rounded caring professionals that are forward-thinking.

UPLIFTING ANIMATION AND ARTISTS THROUGH PROMOTION OF CULTURE AND ART EXCHANGE

ASIFA-South actively collaborates and partners with organizations locally and globally to advocate for sustainable practices. We serve as the animation voice to represent the entertainment industry in conversations that affect us.

 

SUPPORT OF STEAM EDUCATION

We support the next generation of artists and interest in animation through the promotion of STEAM education with year-round free and low-cost workshops for schools, libraries, and more. We also showcase and partner with relevant organizations to promote affordable animation alternatives and open-source programs to increase accessibility at all levels.

STATEMENT ON RACISM, PREJUDICE, AND DISCRIMINATION

 Diversity and inclusion is a significant component to our organizational culture and values. We provide equal opportunity hiring and leverage our connections with other local animation communities to hire from a diverse base of constituents.

Our organization is minority-run, and over half of our committee and board members consist of BIPOC volunteers of all gender under the umbrella of neurodiversity who are encouraged to act as an agency for change and inclusion. Therefore accessibility is not a by factor but a top consideration for ASIFA-South. We collaborate with organizations such as Women in Film and Television, Bronzelens Festival, Signing Animation, and various other partners to learn more about topics that can impact our communities and work to actively create support towards an inclusive community. 

As a UNESCO-affiliated nonprofit organization, ASIFA-South upholds the longstanding value of working toward social justice and equal career advancement opportunities for all peoples. 

We are resolved to explicitly and publicly affirm our identity as an anti-racist, diverse, and inclusive nonprofit animation society.

We are resolved that our anti-racism commitment be reflected in our organizational value through our policies, programs, and practices as we continue to learn about the inequities of racism. 

We resolve to develop and collaborate with partners and the community to implement strategies that dismantle racism within all aspects of our society and industry.

As we see ourselves in leadership positions that may inspire others, we believe we have an obligation to serve the community through leading by example and fostering the next diverse generation of leaders in our industry to be kind, empathetic, and thoughtful. Representation does not start on screen but behind the pencil. 

“Not everyone can be a good animator, but a good animator can come from anywhere” – inspired by Ratatouille