School of Visual Arts Announces All-Star Line-up of Presenters for 24th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Awards

School of Visual Arts Announces All-Star Line-up of Presenters for 24th Annual
                        Dusty Film & Animation Awards

Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Featuring Notables from Film and Animation:

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 25, 2013

NEW YORK, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The 24th Annual Dusty Film &
Animation Festival and Awards (, taking place May 4-7,
2013, culminates with an awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30PM at the
SVA Theatre (333 West 23^rd Street) and features a full roster of names from
the world of film and animation. Awards presenters include actor Melissa Leo
(Oscar winner, The Fighter) presenting the Outstanding Film Award; production
sound mixer Chris Newman (three-time Oscar winner: The Exorcist, Amadeus, The
English Patient) presenting the Sound Award; screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher
(Oscar winner, Precious) presenting the Screenwriting Award; editor Peter C.
Frank (Dirty Dancing, The Verdict) presenting the Editing Award; NYWIFT
president Alexis Alexanian presenting the New York Women in Film & Television
Award; producer Rose Vincelli Gustine (producer for the Independent Filmmaker
Project) presenting the IFP Award; animator Frank Gresham (Cartoon Network,
MTV Productions) presenting the Traditional Animation Awards; producer and
media entrepreneur Fred Seibert (founder of Channel Frederator) presenting the
Stop Motion Animation Award; documentarian Lisa Jackson (Emmy winner, The
Secret Life of Barbie) presenting the Outstanding Documentary Award; and media
personality Valerie Smaldone emcees the awards. Additional presenters are to
be announced.

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.

"We are happy to announce this year's Dusty presenters," said Reeves Lehmann,
chair of the BFA Film, Video & Animation Department at SVA. "With these awards
we celebrate the many successes of the 'next generation of filmmakers and
animators' along with an illustrious roster of SVA friends and allies from the
world of film and animation."

The Dusty Film & Animation Festival was established with the mission of
introducing films made by BFA Film, Video & Animation Department thesis
students to a wider audience, and was named after SVA Founder Silas "Dusty" H.
Rhodes. "Our annual festival, culminating with our awards ceremony, receives
industry-wide recognition and is considered one of the top student film
festivals in the country," stated Annie Flocco, festival producer, filmmaker
and SVA faculty member. "The festival's spotlight launches many professional

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists,
designers, and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a
faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum, and an
emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social
responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus
and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most
influential artistic communities in the world. 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. For information about the College's
31 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit

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