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SCADFILM Presents Second Annual SCAD AnimationFest in Atlanta

Three-day festival features exclusive screenings, panel discussions, presentations and top talent from FOX, TED-Ed, Adult Swim, The Animations Show of Shows, and more.

ATLANTA -- The Savannah College of Art and Design has announced SCADFILM’s second annual SCAD AnimationFest. The festival will bring together leading experts and the next generation of talent from the animation industry September 27-29, 2018 at SCAD Atlanta. The festival will be held at the university’s state-of-the-art theater SCADshow in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.

On Thursday, September 27, AnimationFest will feature a special preview screening of the Warner Bros. forthcoming animated feature Smallfoot, starring Zendaya, Common, James Corden, and Channing Tatum. The story of a Yeti who thinks that humans are real, Smallfoot is the animated event of the fall with comedy, music, and heart for the whole family. Participating panelists from Twentieth Century Fox Animation, Sesame Workshop, the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences and many more will be highlighted at the festival celebration on September 28.

“After a monumental first year, SCAD AnimationFest returns with even more programming intended to offer industry professionals and students alike new perspectives on a genre we all know and love,” said SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace. “These days, animation is everywhere, and SCADFILM’s AnimationFest will share the latest, from developments on Sesame Street to the wildly popular Animation Show of Shows. And this year we’ll get more insights from the folks at Adult Swim, which  has all but reinvented animated storytelling. Only at SCAD can students meet the luminaries behind the lines, commune with creators, and advance animation!”

SCAD AnimationFest, presented by SCADFILM -- the leading program for students and working professionals in film and television, animation, gaming, virtual reality and digital arts -- will feature elevated panel discussions and special screenings on the dynamic facets of the animation industry, including character development, small studio animation as well as the growth of Atlanta-based production houses.

Guests scheduled to appear at the 2018 AnimationFest include:

  • Andrea Miloro, co-president, Twentieth Century Fox Animation
  • Mark McCray, author, “The Best Saturdays of Our Lives”
  • Christina Elefante, production coordinator, Sesame Workshop
  • Lisa LaBracio, animation director, TED-Ed
  • Franz Palomares, animation director, TED-Ed
  • Ashley Kohler, executive producer, Awesome Inc.
  • Joan Baker and Rudy Gaskins, co-founders, the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences
  • Tony Bancroft, director, Mulan

Animation is the largest of SCAD’s preeminent degree programs, and is considered a top program for preparation of a growing field that encompasses film, television, interactive media and video games.

With the only university-run casting office in the country, SCAD helps 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 or to purchase passes, visit

Launched in 2016, SCADFILM is the leading program for professionals working in entertainment and digital arts. Leveraging SCAD’s preeminent reputation in film and television, SCADFILM provides unparalleled career opportunities across animation, gaming, immersive reality, film, television, performing arts and video production. Through access to industry luminaries, state-of-the-art resources, private screenings and exclusive master classes, SCADFILM offers behind-the-scenes experiences and year-round programming for members and guests, including three festivals -- SCAD AnimationFest, SCAD aTVfest February 7-9, 2019 and SCAD GamingFest April 4-6, 2019 -- and a Summer Storytelling Series. Each festival will take place in Atlanta.