After a recent screening in Italy, Gabriela Ilijeska (BFA 2007 Film and Video) took the top prize at the Rimini International Film Festival for her film Voda. The short subject is set in a desolate Macedonian village and focuses on an elderly woman named Mara, who is hoping to see her family one last time before she dies. Voda previously won two awards at the 2008 Sedona Film Festival.
And James Sturm (MFA 1991 Illustration as Visual Essay), who is the director of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont, has won the Best Reality-Based Work prize at this year’s Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards. Sturm was recognized for his short graphic novel, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow (Hyperion, 2007), which tells the story of the boundary-shattering Hall of Fame baseball player. The annual awards are named for comics pioneer and longtime SVA faculty member Will Eisner.