This month, the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Dusty Film and Animation Festival and Awards. In the tradition of two decades of Dustys, the festival will present over 100 films by students graduating from the department, including short films, documentaries and animations. For this year’s Screenwriters Night, graduating screenwriters from SVA have selected scenes to be performed live by alumni from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. And as usual, those attending the awards ceremony can expect big names from the world of professional film and animation to serve as presenters, including actor Kevin Kline, animator Tom Sito (BFA 1977 Animation) and editor Barbara Tulliver.
One big change this year is the venue: nearly all Dustys events will be held at the SVA Theatre, the College’s new venue for screenings, lectures and other cultural programs at 333 West 23rd Street. Student films will run at the theater Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 8, from 12 noon – 11pm, along with several special events: Screenwriters Night, on Tuesday, May 5, 6pm; Animation Screenings, on Thursday, May 7, 7 – 11pm; the Dusty Awards Ceremony and Gala, on Saturday, May 9 (note: the gala takes place at the Marquee, 289 10th Avenue, 8 – 11pm); and Winners Circle Screenings, on Sunday, May 10, 12 – 6pm. The screenings are free and open to the public; RSVP is required for Screenwriters Night, Awards Ceremony and Gala. For public inquiries regarding tickets, please contact 212.592.2124. Click here for a screening schedule and other program details.