Posts Tagged ‘film festivals’

Worlds Apart Set to Screen at the Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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 6th Annual Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival. The festival takes place from September 29 to October 2, 2011.

Project Twenty1 runs the festival and its mission is to Exhibit, Promote, Inspire, and Connect people through film and animation. Project Twenty 1 focuses on helping artists and filmmakers turn their passion into a career.

Its two largest programs, the 21 Day Filmmaking Competition and the Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival, have become exciting annual events for the Philadelphia filmmaking community. The Festival’s educational and internship programs help aspiring artists develop their creative skills while simultaneously preparing them for the business realities of work in the industry.

The Festival hosts programs in the Greater Philadelphia area that attracts participants from all over the world. It creates a network of support, promotion and distribution through which motivated filmmakers and artists can get their work seen internationally. In the process festival-goers have the opportunity to witnesses the birth of exciting new careers and truly original and entertaining films.

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.”

Latest Project X Film, Worlds Apart, Official Selection at LA Shorts Fest

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Academy Award qualifying film festival, LA Shorts Fest, has invited Worlds Apart to be an official selection for its upcoming July 21 to July 29, 2011 event. This prestigious festival boasts an outstanding past record of 37 Academy Award-nominated films, including 12 Oscar winners. This will be the festival’s 15th season.

“After reviewing the many films submitted, we found your short represents the caliber of work we want participating in our festival,” said Drea Garcia in the official invitation email.

Worlds Apart, produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, is the culmination of eighteen months of collaboration between Cogswell College students, faculty and industry advisors under the leadership of Animation Professor, Michael Zachary Huber. One of the secrets of Project X is that it does not run like a regular class but rather a working film production company – using teams of skilled artists, engineers and sound designers.

“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 is the best way to learn.”

The festival will host all screenings at the historic Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters located at the start of the famous Sunset Strip at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Crescent Heights.

All of us at Cogswell are incredibly proud of the Project X team! We hope all the film festivals the movie screens at gets high praise and high ranking awards!

The Offering Selected For Screening at the River Bend Film Festival

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

RiverBendCogswell 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 2nd Annual River Bend Film Festival.

The Offering will screen on April 30 in the Bendix Theater in the Century Center during the 9:30PM Block B program.

The Second Annual River Bend Film Festival will be held Friday, April 30 & Saturday, May 1 at the Century Center, and is sponsored by Mid America Filmmakers and Downtown South Bend. A free kickoff screening will take place Thursday, April 29 at Indiana University South Bend with space provided by the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. Over 70 films in a wide variety of genres, cultures and topics from students to industry professionals will be shown throughout the festival weekend.

Founded in 2002, the festival was originally called The Indiana University South Bend Independent Video & Filmmakers Festival and ran for seven years on the college campus, showing hundreds of films during those years. 2009 was the start of our new look and venue as The River Bend Film Festival in the heart of downtown South Bend in the Century Center. The only independent film festival of its kind in Northern Indiana, this festival is open to anyone who makes shorts or features, on video or film, including high school and college students.

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.

The Offering Wins Best Animated Short!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

TiburonFTWAt the recent Tiburon International Film Festival The Offering received a Golden Reel Award for the Best Short Animation. The film was selected from a field of more than 20 short animated films chosen by the committee to screen at the Festival.

The Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) seeks to provide a greater understanding of the world and its many cultures through the artistic medium of film. The festival featured more than 200 top quality films from around the world. Its goal is one of cultural enrichment and heightened cultural awareness and to create a platform for independent filmmakers to express their talent and vision from any nation.

Congratulations to everyone on who worked so hard to create this amazing film!

The Offering Selected For Screening at the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

LakeArrowheadCogswell 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 11th Annual Lake Arrowhead Film Festival. The festival takes place from April 22 to 25, 2010.

Since its inception in 1999, The Lake Arrowhead Film Festival has developed a reputation among independent filmmakers as one of the friendliest and most inviting film festivals around.

We have grown steadily, and along the way, we have honored some of the film industry’s most accomplished performers. Past honorees include those with local ties, such as June Lockhart, Christopher McDonald, Ernie Hudson and Vincent Spano, as well as distinguished families such as the Kirk Douglas family (Kirk, Michael, and Joel) and the John Carradine family (John, David, Keith and Robert). Others who have received awards in the past few years include Gena Rowlands, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Eric Roberts, Beau Bridges and Joe Mantegna.

Festival seminars have been led by such dignitaries as producers Harry Sherman and Chrisann Verges, director Joe Sargent, cinematographers Laslo Kovacs, Bill Fraker, Donald M. Morgan, James A. Cressanthis and Vilmos Zsigmond to name a few.

In 2007, we launched the festival’s new thematic direction: “The Lake Arrowhead Film Festival: Film, Television and Beyond.” We have all witnessed changes in the way that films are produced, financed, marketed and screened. At the LAFF, we embrace these changes and look forward to the exciting new films that will result from these innovations.

For the 2010 festival, we have added a new element and will be seeking films made by or about Native Americans. We will be awarding the “Cruz A. Chacon Award for Excellent Achievement in Film” for the first time ever.

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

The Offering Selected For Screening at the Fallbrook Film Festival

Monday, March 15th, 2010

FallbrookCogswell 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 3rd Annual Fallbrook Film Festival. The festival takes place from April 9 to 11, 2010.

The Fallbrook Film Festival evolved out of the Fallbrook Film Factory whose goal is to expose the art of filmmaking to all people, be it the young person trying to learn filmmaking or the adult who’s in another career but wants to explore filmmaking. During the Festival the Factory will sponsor a variety of filmmaking workshops that will be conducted by industry professionals who share their knowledge with aspiring filmmakers. In the spirit of the Fallbrook Film Factory, the workshops will be designed for everyone from independent filmmakers to hobbyists and students.

Until recently there were huge barriers to theatrical filmmaking. The cost to produce was prohibitive, typically in the millions, and the equipment, the know-how, and the processes were available only to a privileged few. Today, independent filmmaking is flourishing like never before and there are in fact many distribution outlets coming on line to serve this niche market. It was therefore a natural progression for the Factory to produce a film festival where emerging new filmmakers could showcase their work in a public venue.

Our special award this year will be the first annual “Frank Capra Award” presented by Frank Capra III for the most “Capraesque” submission- a film which lifts the human spirit . Frank Capra the beloved director of the classic holiday favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life” was a long time resident of Fallbrook during the heyday of his career and he has made lasting contributions to our area.

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

The Offering Selected for Screening at the Tupelo Film Festival

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Tupelo

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 7th Annual Tupelo Film Festival. The festival takes place from May 13 to 15, 2010.

“It’s a great place to mingle,” is one of the things filmmakers and festival goers alike have to say about the Tupelo Film Festival. Established in 2004, the festival combines a beautiful setting, Southern Hospitality and world-class film screenings and workshops. And each year the festival brings together dozens of films and hundreds of film fans from around the world. In addition, the festival aims to be a centerpiece in the Tupelo Film Commission’s goal of fostering a vibrant film community in Northeast Mississippi.

The Tupelo Film Festival has grown from a national to an international film festival offering diversity in film screenings. It is indeed an event filled with fun, education, social activities, great food and excellent film screenings.

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

The Offering Selected for Screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

NewportBeach

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 11th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival. The festival takes place from April 22 to 29, 2010.

The Offering will screen on April 25 at the Edwards Islands 2 Cinema inside the Fashion Island Mall during the A Short Toon Up program that begins at 7:15. For directions and to purchase tickets, please visit the Festival website. Film Director Michael Huber, will attend the screening and participate in the Q&A session following the screening.

The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films. The Festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works of both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, independent spirit and vision of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions into all aspects of the Festival, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.

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

The Offering Selected for Screening at the Atlanta Film Festival

Monday, March 8th, 2010

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

The Offering Selected for Screening at the Beverly Hills Film Festival

Friday, March 5th, 2010

BeverlyHillsCogswell 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 10th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival. The festival takes place from April 14 to 18, 2010.

The Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF) is an international competition dedicated to showcasing the art and talent of emerging filmmakers in the city globally recognized as the headquarters for VIPs to the motion picture industry. Dedicated to independent filmmakers, the BHFF creates a wonderful screening environment allowing participants to feature their films in the highest quality venues available to consumers around the world.

Designed to bridge the world of premiere independent cinema with the renowned city of Beverly Hills, the BHFF welcomes over 20,000 attendees annually who congregate for 5 days of screenings, poolside celebrity panels, special events, seminars, VIP after parties and deal making. On the fifth and final night of the Festival, the jury presents it awards. They honor the finest in cinematic achievement in filmmaking displayed during the competition at an exclusive and heartfelt black-tie Gala Awards held at the Beverly Hills Hotel each year.

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