4th Annual Native American Animation Lab – Fellows Selected

4th Annual Native American Animation Lab – Fellows Selected

     7 participants have been selected for the 4th Annual Native American Animation Lab, a talent development program that boosts the careers of Native Americans in the field of animation. This year’s lab is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Animation, Cherokee Nation Film Office, Paramount Global and ASIFA – Hollywood.

     “Storytelling, in all forms, is an essential part of our identity. We are proud to continue to push our artists into a growing field where our representation has only begun to blossom.” Stated Ian Skorodin (Choctaw), Director of Strategy for the Native American Media Alliance.”

     The selected participants take part in a five day curriculum that has them meet with creative executives from the most high profile animation entities that include Dreamworks Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, Paramount Global and many others. The lab consists of daily group sessions, one-on-one mentoring and creative support to help each participant initiate key relationships in the animation industry.

     The five day total immersion lab is mentored by animation executive producers and industry veterans. The mentors provide guidance for each fellows’ animation television or motion picture project. At the conclusion of the lab, each participant pitches a panel of executives from our corporate supporters, receive feedback and gain additional insight.

     The Native American Animation Lab was created to expand the amount of Native Americans working in animation, as a way to increase fair and accurate portrayals of Native Americans on television and film.

Meet the Fellows:

Dacotah Hasvold

Randy Scott Kelsey

Frankie Morin