This year marks the 28th anniversary of ASIFA-South (formerly ASIFA-Atlanta), the Southern chapter of ASIFA International (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation). What has started out as a showcase over the past 16 years has expanded into a two-day long festival and conference.

See our highlights recap here:

Now in its fifth year, ASIFAC Animation Festival has become an annual competitive event open to students, independent animators, and professionals. Selected entries offer diverse perspectives in the form of 2-D, Stop Motion, 3-D and hybrid-mixes to deliver inspiring and thought provoking films.

Juries for our film and panelists includes an array of industry professionals such as producers, directors, head of studio, and artists from DreamWorks, Adult Swim, Floyd County Productions, Third Floor studio, EA and more.

The festival and conference serves to highlight the magic of animation and its power to bring forth humor, imagination and art. Selected entries from the Southern Spotlight block will also be considered for our International Animation Day, which participating partner chapters all over the world will share.

The three program blocks are as follows:

For our animator friends across borders, oceans, continents, USA west coast, enter your shorts for this block.

A showcase filled with animated shorts from students, independent animators and professionals in the south US. Only shorts made in the South US region qualifies for this program. Includes Maryland.

These are entries that can be enjoyed by families and kids of a young age.

This two-day animation festival and conference will also include panels by professional animators in the local industry. There will also be an Awards ceremony at the last day of the conference.

Check out our website for more info.

The ASIFA-SOUTH Animation Conference & Festival has four competitive categories:
All 3 top category winners will receive XP Pen product in addition to their trophy, courtesy of our sponsor XP PEN.

This award determines the best overall animation in consideration to content, technical skills, and other criteria put forth by the ASIFA-South committee members. The final judging in this category will be selected by professional industry judges in the animation industry. Winner will receive a trophy, complimentary entry submission to our partner The Atlanta Film Festival for its Oscar-eligible animated shorts category along with a 2-hour Film Festival consultation session on tips and tricks for future film submission and other sponsor prizes.

This category focuses not as much on technical skills as showcasing animation that stands above others in content that in relevant to hi-lighting diversity, humanitarian issues, disabilities and bold content that inspires. The winner for this category will be selected by the ASIFA-South committee. Winner of this category will receive a trophy.

This category pulls all our southern affiliated or homemade southern content to find the best of the south category. Winner will receive a one-of-a-kind trophy, complimentary entry submission to our partner The Atlanta Film Festival for its Oscar-eligible animated shorts category along with a 2-hour Film Festival consultation session on tips and tricks for future film submission and other sponsor prizes.

This award will be selected by attending audiences with a live poll tallied out at the end of the conference. One for each block with certificates.

Please make sure to read all the festival rules and terms and conditions. For questions, please email ASIFA international members, contact us or your local chapter to receive a waiver code for entry fee.

- All entries must be submitted as an online screener (Vimeo preferred). If your animation is selected, we may contact you to ask you for playable required formats.
- 15 minutes or less for shorts
- Entries produced from the end of December 2022 and after.
- Films for the Southern Spotlight category must be made in the South/Filmmaker resident or local from the Southeastern Ties (Maryland is included).
- Films made internationally will not be considered for the "Best of South" award.
- Stop Motion and Puppet films are considered if up to 80% of the content is animated
- ASIFA-South will pay a small Screening Fee to selected filmmakers. The filmmaker can request that the Screening Fee be paid to a chosen charity by ASIFA-South.
- Selected filmmakers will receive two complimentary tickets for the event.

By submitting your film to us, you acknowledge that ASIFA-South will not pay to present your work and authorize your work to be screened and that the film is your intellectual property. The undersigned shall indemnify ASIFA-South from and against any claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and cost of court) that may be incurred because of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. Undersigned also grants ASIFA-South the right to use an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition for promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Jackie Ross

    Unfortunately I was not able to attend, but am so glad you were able to screen "Mimi's Good Night"

    August 2022
  • Shiva Momtahan

    Wonderful festival with a passionate team and a thoughtful organization!

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Shiva!

  • Antonio Villamandos

    As a short submitter for the 2020 online edition, it was a pretty good experience! Staff was welcoming, friendly and passionate about animation, communication was also great! I look forward to submit again.
    As an attendant it had good variety among the Short film selection and informative industry panels panels.

    December 2020
  • Matthew Maloney

    A strong collection of shorts at an excellent venue. Fiendly staff.

    November 2018
  • This was such a lovely festival! Great panels, great films, and just great people. I highly recommend people to check it out and talk with all the other filmmakers and community members. The staff worked incredibly hard and were great communicators. Atlanta was also an amazing city to visit.

    September 2017