SCADFILM to Present Inaugural AnimationFest in Atlanta




ATLANTA, GA — August 8, 2017 — SCAD is pleased to announce SCADFILM’s inaugural SCAD AnimationFest, August 9-10, 2017. The new festival brings together leading experts and the next generation of talent from the animation industry,

Held at SCAD’s state-of-the-art theater SCADshow in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, AnimationFest welcomes participating panelists from Adult Swim, FX, Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation, Primal Screen, Original Force and Awesome, Inc. Panel discussions will focus on essential developments in the animation industry including character development, small studio animation and the growth of Atlanta-based production houses.

“A quarter century ago animation was synonymous with children’s movies and Saturday morning cartoons. Today, animation finds its way into every frame of our lives, from interactive advertisements to AR video games to Academy Award-winning films,” said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. “Animation is everywhere — just ask the 2,100+ SCAD animation alumni working at studios worldwide. SCAD AnimationFest presents the future of this ubiquitous art form, right in the heart of Atlanta, for all to see.”

SCAD AnimationFest features special screenings including the hand-drawn feature film “Ethel and Ernest” based on the award winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, depicting the life and times of two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events, with vocal talent by Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent.

Guests scheduled to appear at AnimationFest include:

• Ted Ty, animation director, L’Atelier Animation, Inc.
• Andrea Miloro, senior vice president of production, Twentieth Century Fox Animation
• Karen Toliver, senior vice president of production, Twentieth Century Fox Animation
• Tom Cardone, production designer, Blue Sky Studios
• Ashley Kohler, president and executive producer, Awesome, Inc.
• Doug Grimmett, founder and CEO, Primal Screen
• Adult Swim writers Alan Steadman and Jim Fortier
• SCAD alumnus Jeff MacDonald (M.A., animation, 2013), CEO and animator, Tiny Monsters Studios.
• SCAD alumna Justice Obiaya (M.F.A., animation, 2016), business development and operations director at ASIFA-South

SCAD launched SCADFILM in 2016 to help Atlanta’s entertainment professionals and SCAD students master their craft. With regular programming throughout the year, beyond the university’s signature events, SCADFILM offers credentials designed for film and television professionals in dozens of specializations, including post-production, dramatic writing, cross-media storytelling, cinematography, development, editing, pre-vis, scoring, special effects, and many more.

The preeminent authority in digital media with the only university-run casting office in the country, SCAD is helping to drive the multibillion-dollar film and television industry in Georgia, now the No. 1 filming location in the world, according to FilmL.A. Of the nearly 17,500 SCAD alumni from entertainment and digital media disciplines, more than 2,800 work in the Georgia film industry. SCAD students, alumni and faculty have won Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, Golden Reels, Tonys, Annies, and more.

For a complete SCAD AnimationFest schedule and to purchase passes, visit

SCAD AnimationFest is one of four new industry events presented by SCADFILM, including SCAD AnimationFest August 9-10, 2017, SCAD GamingFest November 9-10, 2017, SCAD TelevisionFest February 1-3, 2018 and SCAD FutureFest April 19-20, 2018. Each festival will take place in Atlanta.

About SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university, offering more than 100 academic degree programs in more than 40 majors across its locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Hong Kong; Lacoste, France; and online via SCAD eLearning.

SCAD enrolls nearly 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 100 countries. The innovative SCAD curriculum is enhanced by advanced professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, as well as opportunities for internships, professional certifications and collaborative projects with corporate partners. In 2015, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD in the top four universities in the Americas and Europe. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. In a study of Spring 2016 SCAD graduates, 98 percent of respondents reported being employed, pursuing further education or both within 10 months of graduation.

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