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Selections for Cartoon Brew’s 2nd Student Animation Festival

Ten films from five countries have been chosen as the official selections in Cartoon Brew’s second annual Student Animation Festival. This year’s selections contain a remarkable and inspiring range of styles, techniques and ideas, while showcasing an ambitious group of young filmmakers who are unafraid to push the boundaries of the animation medium.

Before we announce the films, we want to thank every filmmaker who submitted their work. We launched the festival last year with the goal of drawing more attention to today’s emerging animation filmmakers. Without support from students, we couldn’t make this happen, and we’re delighted to report that there were nearly 30% more entries this year with 157 student submissions.

Every filmmaker whose work is screened will receive $300. For this, we must thank the generosity of our two major festival sponsors, Titmouse and JibJab. Both of these companies have demonstrated support for young talent throughout the years, and they have done so again by offering their sponsorship to this festival.

Titmouse and JibJab

Another feature of this year’s festival is that the films will be screened in live venues, at Trickster in July, and at The Cinefamily theater in Los Angeles. We’ll keep you posted on those screenings.

Once again, a hearty congratulations to this year’s selections in our Student Animation Festival. Beginning Monday, June 20, we will be debuting one new short a week for ten weeks. Let the show begin:

Playing for Keeeps
Directed by Dylan Hayes
Year of Production: 2011
School: Rhode Island School of Design
Country: USA

The Fisherman
Directed by Ferg Brennan
Year of Production: 2011
School: IADT Dun Laoghaire
Country: Ireland

The Impossible Moon
Directed by Meinardas Valkevicius
Year of Production: 2010
School:Vilniaus DailÄ—s Akademija
Country: Lithuania

Peter and the Space Between
Directed by Sitji Chou
Year of Production: 2011
School: Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Country: Canada

Chief Serenbe
Directed by Evan Curtis
Year of Production: 2010
School: Savannah College of Art and Design
Country: USA

Defective Detective
Directed by Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis
Year of Production: 2011
School: Ringling College of Art and Design
Country: USA

Directed by James Lancett and Sean Weston
Year of Production: 2011
School: Kingston University
Country: UK

Story of a Nice Girl
Directed by Jean Yi
Year of Production: 2011
School: Maryland Institute College of Art
Country: USA

Directed by Zach Bellissimo
Year of Production: 2011
School: School of Visual Arts
Country: USA

Directed by Nikolas Ilic
Year of Production: 2011
School: Sheridan College
Country: Canada

  • Matt

    These look great.
    Can’t wait for the screenings.
    It’s good to see student films really getting their time in the sun like this.

  • Congratulations on being selected, Nik. Good luck!

  • wow looks like a really nice selection., looking forward to see them. But why are 50% of the films from the US, did the rest of the world not submit?

  • Zach Bellissimo

    Wow, I can’t wait to see the rest of these! They all look so different from each other!

  • James Ciambor

    I’m exceedingly optimistic about this year. Just look at the pics give you an indication that this is going to be better than last year. I agree with Zach much more variety to choose from than 2010.

  • CC

    Look out for Sitji’s Film, ‘Peter and the Space Between’. It’s nothing short of amazing (and from Emily Carr University too!).

    • James Ciambor

      Sitiji’s film is kind of like a drug trip based on viewing the pic alone. Though to I have always found that somehow wildly enticing.

  • Cowbell

    Yes! Defective Detective looks delicious.

    Mad kudos for the variety of styles, very slick stuff.

  • Excited to see Lithuania representing!

  • Oluseyi

    Blenderstein is fantastic. Seen it twice now.

  • Based on these “stills” alone, these look amazing!

    Such variety and FUN design. Great job!

    I hope I can see these on-line some day.