Friday April 26th at 11:15AM


Content Creators are rapidly finding new ways to tell their stories. With the rise of digital series, video games, podcasts, virtual reality, and other emerging mediums, the traditional landscape of narrative fiction is changing. Learn how these panelists paved their own paths using new frontiers of storytelling as their calling cards, and how you can do the same.


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Ginger Tontaveetong Marisa Ginger Tontaveetong is a multidisciplinary Oscar-longlisted animated short director, festival producer, animation consultant and filmmaker-in-residence with the Atlanta Film Society. She is currently a producer/ pipeline consultant at School of Humans Studio, content creator for Netflix, Hulu, Adultswim, etc. Serving as the current executive director of ASIFA-SOUTH International Animation Society, she inaugurated their first animation conference and festival ASIFAC in 2017. Originally from Thailand, she has lived in Atlanta for over 5 years and has an MFA in Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.Tech in Computer Graphics and Multimedia from Bangkok University. She has worked on animated projects from music videos, commercials, and features and has worked with SIGGRAPH, premiere conference with special focus on computer graphics advancement in many capacities including as the producer for the SIGGRAPH ASIA 2017 Computer Animation Festival in Bangkok, Thailand, and acts as an external advisory expert consultant to the SIGGRAPH Executive Committee/ Board of Directors. Apart from having been a jury for the Atlanta Film Festival's Oscar Eligible animated shorts category, she has juried, paneled, and shared her expertise on various animation-related events and panels at SIGGRAPH ASIA, NW Animation Festival, MICA, SIEGE, Dragon Con, etc.


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Brennen Dicker, a film and television professional with 25 years of experience, is Executive Director of the Creative Media Industries Institute. Before joining Georgia State, Brennen was the General Manager for SIM International (Post) Atlanta. SIM provides production and post- production services for many episodic television series and feature film productions, including; “The Originals”, “The Gifted”, “Dynasty”, “Good Girls”, “True  Detective” S3, as well as the blockbuster “Get Out”.

Brennen previously served as Director of Post Production Sales at Crawford Media Services, and has broad experience in all aspects of film and television production, and deep ties to Atlanta’s production community. Earlier in his career, he was executive producer and principal of American Mongrel Productions (Chicago). He was the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Fellowship Recipient in 2001, and 2018 inaugural Women and Film (Atlanta) Gallantry Award winner.

Brennen is a current member of Georgia Chamber of Commerce Screen Coalition Committee. Also, serves on Board of Directors for The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. He has served as Chair of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta Advisory Council, and as Chair of Gov. Relations with the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) board, and was the Chair for the 2018 and 2019 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. He has also served on the board as Vice Chair for The Frazer Center and served on the Executive Board for the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

Moderator: Lisa Ferrell