Cogswell College is pleased to announce that Worlds Apart, an animated, short film produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, is an Official Selection of the 7th Annual Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland – one of the first planned communities in the United States. The festival takes place from October 28 to 30, 2011.
While the Festival accepts films of all themes it has a special affinity for films that encompass the following:
Utopian Visions: Works in any genre that reflects the Utopian ideals upon which places like Greenbelt were founded. Films can address issues like community building, promoting diversity, bettering social and economic conditions or preserving the environment.
Kids Films: Family-friendly animated or live-action works. Films produced by children and teens are especially encouraged.
Halloween Screen: Since the festival coincides with Halloween, it welcomes submissions that are appropriate for the season.
Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class at Cogswell College that is run like a professional animation production studio using teams of skilled artists and sound designers. Students worked tirelessly for three semesters to produce a studio-quality short film. During production they are supported by a massive collaborative effort from faculty, staff, visiting artists, industry professionals and alumni.
“The hours are grueling, aesthetics standards are very demanding and we treat the artists like professionals and not students,” said Michael Huber, Director of the Project X course. “This total immersion creates an environment conducive to quality, camaraderie and the highest production value. We believe it’s the best way to learn.”