Fairfielder’s film to be screened at Dusty Film & Animation Festival

Taylor Kenny, of Fairfield, is among the filmmakers selected to have work screened at the 26th Dusty Film & Animation Festival taking place at the SVA Theatre in New York City from May 9-12.

The Dusty Film & Animation Festival will showcase more than 100 films by students graduating from the BFA Film & Video and BFA Animation departments at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). The program includes screenings of films, documentaries and animations and culminates in an awards ceremony with notable presenters from the film and animation industries. Thirteen awards including Outstanding Film and Achievement in Directing, Outstanding Documentary, Outstanding Animated Film and the New York Women in Film & Television Award are given to students in recognition for outstanding thesis work.

All festival screenings are free and open to the public and will take place at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York City. Further details and screening schedules are available at dusty.sva.edu.

The Dusty Film & Animation Festival began in 1990 when the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department, as it was then known, sought to bring its year-end screenings of student thesis films to a wider audience. With sponsorship, a venue, and the support from the film and animation industries, the event came to life. To pay tribute to School of Visual Arts Founder Silas H. Rhodes, the event was named “Dusty” after the nickname Mr. Rhodes had as a soldier in World War II. Over its more than two-decade history, the Dusty Film & Animation Festival has launched the careers of many BFA Film & Video and BFA Animation graduates who have gone on to earn national and international recognition.

BFA Film & Video and BFA Animation 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; New York Women in Film & Television; Venice International Film Festival; and the National Board of R among many renowned institutions and organizations.

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. For information about the College‚s 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit sva.edu.

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