The Dusty Film & Animation Festival, or “23 on 23,” returns to the SVA Theatre (333 West 23 Street, New York City) from May 6 – 9 for four days of screenings and celebration. The festival, now in its 23rd year, will showcase over 100 films by students graduating from the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department. Produced by filmmaker and SVA faculty member Annie Flocco, “23 on 23” includes screenings of short films, videos and animations and culminates in an awards ceremony featuring notable presenters from the film and animation industries. Thirteen awards—including Outstanding Film and Achievement in Directing, Outstanding Documentary, Outstanding Traditional and Stop Motion Animation, and the New York Women in Film and Television Award—are given to students in recognition for exemplary work. This year’s award presenters include Emmy Award-winning actor and director John Turturro (The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, O Brother, Where Art Thou?); director and SVA alumnus Daniel Minahan (True Blood, Game of Thrones, Six Feet Under) (BFA 1987 Film and Video); and Emmy-winning writer and producer James Manos (Dexter, The Sopranos, The Shield). Valerie Smaldone, five-time Billboard Award winner and SVA faculty member, will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Films will be screened from Sunday, May 6 through Tuesday, May 8, with an evening dedicated to animation on Monday, May 7. The festival concludes with the awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 9. Screening schedules and further details are available at www.sva.edu/dusty. Screenings are free and open to the public; an RSVP is required for the awards ceremony. For ticket inquiries, contact the Dusty Festival Office at 212.592.2124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.