School of Visual Arts Launches the 24th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival - MAY 4-7, 2013

School of Visual Arts Launches the 24th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival
                               - MAY 4-7, 2013

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 26, 2013

NEW YORK, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Reeves Lehmann, chair of the BFA
Film, Video and Animation Department at School of Visual Arts (SVA), announced
today the 24th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival will be held in New York
City Saturday, May 4 through Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The four-day event will
showcase more than 100 films and animations from thesis students graduating
this spring. Annie Flocco, independent producer/filmmaker and SVA faculty
member, will produce the event; Meredith Engstrom will co-produce. This year's
Headlining Sponsors are: AbelCine; Act Zero Films; Adorama Rental Company; AJA
Video Systems; Animation Magazine; Avid Technology, Inc.; B&H Photo; Bryan
Singer; CAVA – SVA Computer Store; Channel Frederator; Emmett/Furla Films;
Feature Systems/Kits and Expendables; Foto Care; Gotham Sound &
Communications, Inc.; Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP); Machinima, Inc.;
National Board of Review; New York Women in Film & Television; Nice Shoes;
Offhollywood; Rota6; Scheimpflug; and SCS Agency, Inc. One hundred percent of
the sponsors' donations will benefit thesis students in the form of grants and
in-kind gifts.

The 2013 festival kicks off with three days of film and animation screenings,
and concludes with an awards ceremony on May 7. Fifteen awards—are given to
students in recognition for outstanding thesis work. All festival screenings
are free and open to the general public and take place at the state-of-the-art
SVA Theatre, located at 333 West 23rd Street, NYC. The final list of
presenters and special guests will be made public at a later date.

"We are thrilled the Dusty Film & Animation Festival is celebrating its 24th
year," says Reeves Lehmann. "We hope the public will enjoy another great year
of work from SVA's filmmakers and animators, who we know will both entertain
and educate a wide range of audiences, both near and far."

The Dusty Film & Animation Festival was established with the mission of
introducing films made by BFA Film, Video and Animation Department thesis
students to a wider audience, and was named after SVA Founder Silas "Dusty" H.
Rhodes. "Our annual festival receives industry wide recognition and is
considered one of the top student film festivals in the country," states Annie
Flocco. "And the festival launches many of the students in their professional

SVA is widely regarded as one of the leading art schools in the country for
its innovative curriculum, its unparalleled faculty of more than 1,100
creative professionals and its participation in the larger arts community of
New York City. BFA Film, Video and Animation Department alumni have received
accolades from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Sundance Film
Festival; New Directors/New Films; International Animated Film Festival in
Annecy, France; American Film Institute; Women in Film; and the National Board
of Review, among many renowned institutions and organizations.

SVA in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education
of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of
professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an
environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation,
enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction
for their artistic vision.

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