Cogswell 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 52nd Annual Rochester International Film Festival. The festival takes place from April 22 to 24, 2010. All films selected to screen at the festival receive the prestigious “Shoestring Trophy.”
The Offering will screen on April 24 in the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography during the 4PM program. Film Production Manager, Lilly Vogelesang, will attend the screening and participate in the Q&A session following the screening.
The Rochester International Film Festival – the world’s oldest continuously-held short film festival – has been produced each year since 1959 by Movies on a Shoestring, Inc. Each festival includes a wide variety of narrative films, documentaries, and animations submitted by independent filmmakers from all parts of the world. By 1971 Movies on a Shoestring had firmly established itself among the world’s leading amateur festivals and changed its name to the Rochester International Amateur Film Festival. The worldwide growth of film schools and of the film industry in general led to a great increase in the number of professional quality short films being produced and competing for spots in the festival, so in 1996 ‘amateur’ was dropped and the festival became known as the Rochester International Film Festival.
To provide independent filmmakers even greater public exposure, beginning in 1972, selected films from each year’s festival have been assembled into a traveling show called “The Best of the Fest.” The traveling show is loaned, free of charge, to organizations around the state.
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