Our goal is to unearth those unsung “Black Unicorns” who spin their magic in the shadows while working tirelessly to bring their talents, passion and vision to light. We want to let the world know that we are here. We aim to inspire and educate the next generation of artists by sharing our unique stories.
We will highlight those amazing journeys.
Audrea Topps Harjo
Audrea Topps Harjo has worked in the entertainment industry for almost 30 years. She has worked for Sony Pictures (CONTACT) Cinesite (X-MEN 2), Electronic Arts, WETA Digital (RISE OF THE PLANETS OF THE APES), James Cameron’s Lightstorm pm(AVATAR SEQUELS).
She is currently in development on numerous projects and resides in Washington, DC
CEO of Afrika Toon
CEO of Afrika Toon since 2006.
Director of short, TV and digital animated films
Director of 6 animated feature films : « Pokou Princesse Ashanti »(2013), « Soundiata Kéïta le Réveil du Lion » (2014), « Wê l’Histoire du Masque Mendiant » (2016), Dia Houphouet (2017), « EKOUA » (2019), Samory (2022)
Head of CG, Canada //beloFX
Zoe’s credit includes Wonder Woman, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Godzilla. She is currently the Head of CG, Canada for beloFX. She started her career in 2005 at Double Negative London, subsequently working in the Singapore and Vancouver studios. She was in Artist roles such as Generalist TD, Lighting TD, Sequence Lead & Supervisor before taking on the role of CG Supervisor.
From then, at DNEG, Zoe took the role of Head of Department: Build, followed by Head of CG.
Billy has been working in the visual effects industry for more than 25 years. He spent the majority of his career at Industrial Light and Magic where he was trained as a generalist in John Knoll’s Rebel Unit. Since then, he has been lucky enough to work at quite a few VFX studios, animation studios, and he even spent 5 years at Electronic Arts.
Since January of 2021, he has been a Virtual Art Department Supervisor at ILM working with the Stagecraft team. Billy’s VFX company, Mind and Machine VFX worked on Raised by Wolves where he served as vender side VFX Supervisor.
Diana Williams is the CEO/Co-founder of Kinetic Energy Entertainment. An award-winning producer building at the intersection of stories, storytelling and technology, she develops IP and produces creative content for distribution across all media. Diana has worked with emerging and established talent throughout her career to bring diverse voices into the entertainment industry.
Jasmine Katatikarn is the Founder/CEO of the Academy of Animated Art, Creative Manager/Leader for a Fortune 100 company, 3D Lighting Artist, certified Creative Life Coach, and a mother of two.
Jasmine worked as a lighting artist on feature animated films and VFX for nearly 20 years, working on movies like Ice Age, Peanuts, Rio 1 and 2, Epic, Ferdinand, and Spies in Disguise. This experience led her to build the Academy of Animated Art to help artists develop their careers in a competitive industry. Jasmine is incredibly passionate about diversity in the animation/VFX/gaming industry and is launching a Diversity Action Program in Fall 2022.
Genevieve Camilleri is an Australian Visual Effects Supervisor known for her work on, Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: Episode VII, Captain America: Civil War and Love and Monsters. In 2021, Camilleri received an Academy Award nomination for her work on the film Love and Monsters in the category of Best Visual Effects.