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 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