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Student Accomplishments: 09/29/2012

Chocolate Bacon by Asavari Kumar (MFA 2, Experimental Animation) has been selected for the out-of-competition, International Student Showcase screenings at the Ottawa 2012 International Animation Festival held in September and also for the No Budget Animation Film Festival.

Chocolate Bacon (2012) - Trailer from asavari kumar on Vimeo.


Jeff Liu (BFA 3, Character Animation)
and Sam Kremers-Nedell (BFA 3, Character Animation) have been accepted into the next KLIK! festival.

Bored Girl by Ambar Navarro (BFA 2, Experimental Animation) was accepted to the San Antonio Film Festival.

Bored Girl from Ambar Navarro on Vimeo.

Character Animation program student films were selected to screen at the 3rd Festival du Film Merveilleux & Imaginaire, Paris, France. Official selection in competition: 2011 CalArts Charachter Animation Producer’s Show: Little Boat directed by Nelson Bales, Marooned 3 directed by Tom Law, Paraphernedia directed by Sabrina Cotugno, Sharkdog directed by Eric Anderson, My grandfather’s Ship directed by Trevor John, Shell Out directed by Summee Dong, Origin directed by Jessica Poon, SHAPE directed by Eusong Lee, The Trackpad Jam directed by Jeff Liu, Brave directed by Jasmin Lai, Berdoo directed by Miranda Tacchia, GrandMugged directed by Jacob Streilein, We’ll be fine probably directed by Sam Kremers-Nedell, Hummingbirds and Hologram directed by Jeff Liu, Vampire Gastelbrau directed by Hannah Ayoubi, GIVE ME SPACE directed by Brian Carter, Bottom feeder Blues directed by Colin Howard, Blueberry directed by Gleen Williamson, The funny thing about Lois directed by Amelia Lorenz, Lemur directed by Takehiro Nishikawa, 500 days of Winter directed by Natalie Wetzig, Eyrie directed by David Walter.

7 out of 34 summer interns hired at Pixar were from the CalArts Character Animation program.

Thirteen student films from the Character Animation and Experimental Animation programs were selected to screen at the Animayo International Film Festival in May, located on the Canary Islands of Spain. The films included: Vampire Gastelbrau by Hannah Ayoubi, 500 Days of Winter by Natalie Wetzig, Here Be Dragons by Manuel Barenboim, Pummel Nankeen by Ismael Sanz-Pena, Give Me Space by Brian Carter, 7th by Sara Pocock, Eyrie by David Wolter, Origin, by Jessica Yin TungPoon, Paraphernalia by Sabrina Cotugno, Shell Out by Sunmee Dong, 38-39 by Kangmin Kim. Two of the films received special festival awards: Bottle by Kirsten Lepore won the BEST Independent Short and Community Choice Winner in Animation. Little Boat by Nelson Boles received "Special Mention Jury" Award and Animation Finalist Vimeo Awards 2012. 

Films by five students and one alumnus from the Character Animation, Experimental Animation, Film Directing programs were selected to screen at the RiverRun International Film Festival in April, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The films and awards are as follows: Bottle by Kirsten Lepore won an Honorable Mention, Best Animated Short and Best Student Animated Short, Vampire Gastelbrau by Hannah Ayoubi, Here Be Dragons by Manuel Barenboim, Paraphernalia by Sabrina Cotugno, Shell Out by Sunmee Dong, Sawdust City by David Nordstrom.

The following student films were selected to screen at ANIMAFEST 2012 World Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb, Croatia: The Renter by Jason Carpenter, Bottle by Kirsten Lepore (Experimental Animation), Pummel Nankeen by Ismael Sanz-Pena (MFA 2011), Themi's Diary by JiSoo Kim.

Bottle from Kirsten Lepore on Vimeo.

The Renter from Jason Carpenter on Vimeo.

PUMMEL NANKEEN from Ivan Carames Bohigas on Vimeo.

Thembi's Diary from Jisoo Kim on Vimeo.

HIROSHIMA 2012 14th International Animation Festival selected 66 works, from 2110 entries, of which, two are CalArts student films from the Experimental Animation Program. They are: Bottle by Kirsten Lepore (MFA '12, Experimental Animation) and Triangle by Grace Rhee (MFA '13, Experimental Animation).


TRI▲NGLE (Full Version) from Grace Nayoon Rhee on Vimeo.

Cortoons 9th International Short Animation Film Festival took place March 2012 in Rome, Italy. Two of our CalArts, School of Film/Video student thesis films, from Experimental Animation program, were selected by the festival jury to screen their film. They are: 38-39 by Kang Min Kim and The Renter by Jason Carpenter

38-39°C from KANGMIN KIM on Vimeo.

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