Susan Danta

Susan Danta

Head of Animation & VFX

Susan Danta is an award-winning animator with over fifteen years of experience in film and television. Her practice spans across traditional and digital techniques and her research is in the area of digital innovation in animation arts.


Susan is an experienced educator and the recipient of UNSW Art & Design Dean’s Award for Teaching (Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning). She is a AFTRS graduate (Master of Digital Media 2007), a graduate of VCA’s School of Film and Television (Postgraduate Diploma 2000) and a current creative-practice PhD student at the National Institute for Experimental Art (NIEA).


Susan’s films include Heirlooms (Best TV Series, Bradford Animation Festival), Mother Tongue (AFI nominee), The Bronze Mirror (Best Australian Animation, MIAF) and Driving Home (Best Australian Animation, MIAF). Her commercial projects include the SBS network refresh (2011), on-air design for Disney Channels Australia and the Nine Network, along with project that have received nominations for the Sydney Design Awards (2012) and Promaxbda (2012). She has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery (animated self-portrait exhibition), Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Australian Culture Now), The 4th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (Seeing There – Diasporic Sites) and the Smithsonian Institute USA (Animated Shorts Down-Under – An Australian Retrospective).


Susan is a full professional member of the Australian Directors Guild, a member of the Korea Research Institute, Script Assessor for the Australian Writers Guild, Editorial Board Member of Techarts Journal, member of the Childhood, Nation and Work Cinema Research Network (funded by the Leverhulme Trust) and a member of ACM SIGGRAPH.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.