Over the course of five days in May, the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department will present the 22nd Annual Dusty Film and Animation Festival. The Dustys highlights over 100 films by students graduating from the department, including screenings of short films, videos and animations; in addition, this year’s Screenwriters Night is a collaboration with Susan Batson Studio, featuring SVA graduating screenwriters’ selected scenes performed live by professional actors. The festival culminates in a gala awards ceremony with notables from the film and animation industries presenting awards to students selected for their exemplary work. This year’s presenters include animator and alumnus Aaron Augenblick (BFA 1997 Animation), director/actor Edward Burns, director Doug Liman and Academy Award-winning sound mixer and faculty member Chris Newman.
The 2011 Dustys takes place May 6 – 10 at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street: screenings: May 6 – 9; Screenwriters Night: Saturday, May 7, 6:30pm; animation screenings: Sunday, May 8, 7 – 11:30pm; awards ceremony: Tuesday, May 10, 6:30pm. Screenings are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required for Screenwriters Night and the awards ceremony. For inquiries regarding tickets, please contact 212.592.2124, and visit sva.edu/dusty for more festival information.