The Dustys Film & Animation Festival Kicks Off Friday

The 29th annual edition of SVA’s celebrated film and animation festival showcases the best the school has to offer.

May 03, 2018
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The Cannes Film Festival might be around the corner, but SVA has its own movie magic in the works that will feature promising up-and-comers you’ll perhaps see one day on the Croisette: the 29th Dusty Film & Animation Festival.

Since 1990, SVA’s Dustys festival has become one of the country’s foremost events for discovering exceptional new talent in the fields of film and animation. This year’s Dustys takes place Friday, May 4 through 8 (note: no screenings on Monday, May 7 due to Commencement).

The Dusty Film & Animation Festival gives BFA Film and BFA Animation thesis students the unique opportunity to exhibit their work to professionals in the film, TV and animation industry and then, of course, their proud family and friends. The festival culminates in our Dusty Awards on May 8.

Past Dusty Awards presenters include Academy Award-nominated producer/director David Silverman (The Simpsons, Monsters Inc.), writer/director Gillian Robespierre (Landline, Obvious Child, Casual), Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York, Silence, The Age of Innocence), and director/cinematographer Reed Morano (Meadowland, Frozen River, The Handmaid’s Tale). The full 2018 film schedule can be found here.

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A shot of Tierra by director Alex Alviar.

Here’s some highlight thesis projects to look out for.

Paula Cury Melo
What started as an intention to explore the lack of sex education in the Dominican Republic became an investigation uncovering layers of deeper social issues, including a disregard for women’s reproductive rights in a society led by toxic masculinity and politics coerced by religion.

Alex Alviar
Eight-year-old Luisa is forcefully displaced from her rural life accompanied by her mother and older sister. Danger haunts them, altering their efforts to cope with their new life, all in the exuberance and cultural beauty of a tropical city in Colombia where violence is inevitable.

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A behind the scenes production still from Paula Cury Melo’s Adrift.

Emilie Simonini
Max & Emilie
A documentary following the Hempe family as they examine their grandparents′ immigration from Germany to America, and reveal the truths behind their family legend, the American Dream, and themselves.

Emmanuella Zachariou
A psychological thriller set in the frigid suburbs of a small American town where a lonely middle-aged man finally finds his ideal centerpiece for his morbid and twisted refuge.

Théo Le Sourd
How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?
How Long Can You Hold Your Breath? is a short film that unpacks the challenges of a bystander witnessing his best friend sexually assault a girl he met through a dating app. A modern coming-of-age drama about consent, betrayal and making the right decision.

Jialing Sun
The story happens in an isolated village where people suffocates in the endless summer, Hua is having troubles with his mother who works as a mourner every night. He chooses to run away from home and school again on a day when a big storm is coming and more lives and hopes will be lost forever.

Click here for more details on the 29th Dusty Film & Animation Festival and watch last year’s wrap-up promo trailer below.

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A shot of How Long Can You Hold Your Breath? by director Théo Le Sourd.
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