2018 Animafest Zagreb Awards CalArts “Best Animation School”

Experimental Animation Faculty Alexander Steward and Pia Borg at 2018 Animafest Zagreb. | Photo from Animafest Zagreb.

A special celebration of CalArts recently took place at the 28th World Festival of Animated Film (Animafest Zagreb) in Croatia. On Wednesday (June 6), CalArts was presented an award for Best Animation School, which was accepted by CalArts Experimental Animation faculty Pia Borg and Alexander Stewart.

From an announcement on Animafest Zagreb’s website:

After taking into account all of the submitted student films, the Selection Committee that featured Daniel Šuljić, Petra Balekić and Darko Masnec concluded that CalArts encourages diversity of techniques and originality in its students’ approach and selection of themes.

Furthermore, CalArts deserves the award for its continuous quality throughout almost six decades in which it nurtured an approach to animated films as complete audiovisual works and encouraged cooperation from students of various disciplines in the process of its creation.

As part of the 2018 awards celebration, Animafest Zagreb featured a special retrospective screening of CalArts’s animated films, which included the following 12 works:

  • No Stories Now (2018) by C.T. Bishop (Film/Video MFA 19)
  • Commuter (1981) by Michael Patterson (Film/Video MFA 84)
  • Roommates (2016) by Jamie Wolfe (Film/Video MFA 18)
  • Wormholes (1992) by Stephen Hillenburg (Film/Video MFA 92)
  • Agrabagrabah (2014) by Calvin Frederick (Film/Video BFA 12, MFA 14)
  • Boulder Ranch (2016) by Kevin Eskew (Film/Video MFA 17)
  • Log Hill Story (1976) by Diana Wilson
  • Film For Log Hill Dogs (1976) by Diana Wilson
  • Mountain Castle Mountain Flower Plastic (2017) by Annapurna Kumar (Film/Video MFA 17)
  • Trap (1988) by Amy Kravitz
  • Govinda’s Vision (1993) by John Campbell (Film/Video MFA 93)
  • Lazy Daze (2016) by Brian Smee (Film/Video BFA 16)

In addition, Heart Chakra by Angela Stempel (Film/Video MFA 17) and The Northeast Kingdom by Alan Jennings (Film/Video MFA 17) were featured in the Student Films Competition program. Nicholas D’Agostina’s (Film/Video MFA 17) film Blind Mice was included in the World Panorama program.

Animafest Zagreb was founded in 1972, making it one of the oldest (and most beloved) animation festivals in the world. Each year, more than 300 films in a wide-range of animation styles are showcased for an equally diverse international audience.

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