Amma & Luxmi
Saraswathi Vani BalgamDirector
Saraswathi Vani BalgamWriter
Dancing Atoms StudiosProducer
Dorababu AchantaKey Collaborators
Runtime:4 minutes 42 seconds
Completion Date:October 7, 2023
Country of Origin:India
Vani's passion for filmmaking and animation began at age 8 when her father set up an animation studio showcasing Indian stories to the world in 1985. Today, she carries on her father’s artistic vision through her studio, Dancing Atoms LLC. She is a self-taught filmmaker who started working in Bollywood films at just 16.
Founder, CEO, Writer, and Director at Dancing Atoms, where she has partnered with top studios from all around the world.
The short film DANCE FORT, has both achieved recognition by securing a place in the top 10 of the Unreal India Shorts Program.
Co-founder of Rhythm & Hues in Asia, she played a crucial role in setting up a studio in India for Rhythm & Hues from her apartment in Mumbai, later expanding to Hyderabad, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Managed teams for Academy Award-winning films like "Life of Pi," "The Golden Compass," and Chronicles of Narnia.
DreamWorks - Creative Head of Visual Development and Story Board Training and Management - Los Angeles and Shanghai.
Creative Director for the Women Creators Program, championing women and supporting their film-making endeavours in Unreal - Epic Games in India, Pakistan and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Mentor for over 120 films from around the world in Epic Games' Fellowship program.
Associate Producer for the Tribeca Writing for Unreal Program, managing top-class teams to deliver previsualization for Tribeca filmmakers.
Advisor for FMX Stuttgart, one of the best VFX and Animation events in Europe.
President of the Women in Animation India Collective, actively promoting community building and empowering women in the industry.
President of ASIFA India for 15 years and currently serves as President Emeritus since 2022.
Vani's passion for film-making, animation, and community building has made her a prominent figure in the animation industry in India and beyond. Her dedication to nurturing and empowering Indian creative talent has earned her recognition and respect, making her a role model for aspiring animators and filmmakers.