A little girl’s duel with a mean ghost, the experiences of babies in a neo-natal unit, villains battling over who gets to attack a nemesis, and the trials of two runaways were among the subjects of films by BFA Film and Video and BFA Animation students honored at the 26th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival and Awards.
At the by-invitation-only ceremony at the SVA Theatre on May 12, Paola Bernardini‘s Città dei Sogni (watch a trailer below) garnered the most awards—Outstanding Film, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (to Yana Karin), and Outstanding Achievement in Editing (to Jared Simon)—for its portrayal of two young brothers running away from their mother in search of a better place.
Other awardees included Lorenzo Zanini, who took Outstanding Achievement in Directing for Sexy Jalapeños; Meaghan Jane Cleary, who received Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting for The Latchkey Kids; Claire van Ryzin’s HOTBOD, which won Outstanding Animated Film; Exa Zim‘s Alexa to Exa, which earned Outstanding Documentary; Rory Pfotenhauer‘s Japanese Fantasies, which received the Special Jury Award in film; Kyra Kupetsky‘s, The Thrill of the Haunt and Elena Manetta‘s On Schedule, which won Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation; Chelsea Quinlan‘s W▵NDERLUST, which received Outstanding Achievement in Animation Production Design; and Rena Parisi‘s hIccUp, which earned the Special Jury Award in Animation.
Awards in 11 categories were presented in all, and students were also recognized with a number of prestigious industry honors. Paola Bernardini received the New York Women in Film & Television Award, James Camali and Joshua Barclay took the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) Award, Alexandra Kopec earned the Human Spirit Award in Film; and Henry Myers, Brian Perry and Sven Rethemeier each received Gotham Honorary Sound Grants.
Filmmaker and SVA faculty member Annie Flocco produced the program, faculty member and media personality Valerie Smaldone hosted, and presenters included industry notables Kathleen Turner, Mary Harron, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Deborah Dickson, Martin Ahlgren, Chris Newman, Jesse Averna, Chris Prynoski and Alexis Alexanian.
To watch a replay of the 2015 Dusty Awards, click here.
Images from top down: Paolo Bernardini; and Kathleen Turner and Alexandra Kopec. Photos by Jacqueline Iannacone.