Two young filmmakers from SVA have racked up recent kudos from the cinematic community. 2007 BFA Film, Video and Animation Department graduate Gabriela Ilijeska won the Director’s Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Short from this year’s Sedona Film Festival in Arizona. Voda (Water), her 10-minute film, is set in a Macedonian village and focuses on an elderly woman named Mara, whose family is forced to travel abroad in search of a better life.
Also, Dan Levy Dagerman, a third-year film student at SVA, had his short The Games of Night included in Sweden’s Göteborg International Film Festival. Dagerman’s script is based on a short story by Swedish writer Stig Dagerman and set in contemporary New York City. The Games of Night is about a young boy who uses his imagination to cope with his father’s drinking. The film was sponsored by the Bernard Osher Foundation and the Visual Arts Foundation.