The Offering Selected for Screening at the Atlanta Film Festival

AtlantaCogswell Polytechnical College is pleased to announce that The Offering, the first animated, short film produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, has been selected for screening at the 34th Annual Atlanta Film Festival. The festival takes place from April 15 to 23, 2010.

In 2009, Atlanta Film Festival (ALTFF) received over 1750 submissions from over 75 countries. ATLFF is an Academy Award® qualifying festival for the Best Live Action Narrative Short and Best Animated Short categories. Cogswell is delighted to be one of the films selected to participate in this distinguished festival.

Since 1977, the ATLFF has offered audiences the opportunity to experience the best in international and independent cinema, from works by emerging regional media makers to masterpieces from the world’s celebrated artists. The Atlanta Film Festival is one of the most respected and longest-running festivals in the United States.

The Atlanta Film Festival strives to introduce new talent to audiences and has been among the first places to show work by then new filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, and Victor Nunez. The Atlanta Film Festival is also a qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards for the Live Action and the Animated Short Film categories, and in 2002 “The Accountant” by director Ray McKinnon won the Oscar in that category after qualifying at the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival.

In 2007 the Atlanta Film Festival consolidated into a single venue – the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, conveniently located in Midtown Atlanta near many restaurants and clubs, to create a more synergistic festival environment.

Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class – unparalleled in its scope and study as it incorporates every component of animation film production for the big and small screen. This class, under the direction of Animation faculty member and long-time professional animator Michael Huber, is only available at Cogswell. Students worked tirelessly for three semesters to produce this studio-quality short film. They were supported by a massive collaborative effort from faculty, staff, visiting artists, industry professionals and alumni.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

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