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The University Magazine

RIT students, faculty recognized at international animation festival

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Image from The Musical Genius of Mozart McFiddle, created by Brittney Lee ’06.

Students in RIT’s School of Film and Animation took top honors at the 2D or Not 2D Animation Festival, an international event in Everett, Wash., in November.

RIT student animators competed against students from universities including New York University, Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Hamburg Institute, Germany.

Golden Pencil Awards, given to the winners in each category, went to RIT seniors Joseph Daniels and Jedidiah Mitchell in the category of Best Student Film for Way of the Mantis. Brittney Lee ’06 (film and video) won the Best Animation in a Student Film award for The Musical Genius of Mozart McFiddle. Merit Awards, presented to the runners-up, were given to graduate student Adam Fisher for The Ballad of the Purple Clam and senior Wesley Storhoff for The Infinite Monkey Theorem. Nancy Beiman, professor in RIT’s School of Film and Animation, also received a Golden Pencil Award for her presentation at the festival and for her role as senior project adviser.

“We work very hard on these films because it is what we enjoy and love to do,” says Lee, who currently works in San Francisco as artist and animator at Three Rings Inc., an online game company. “It is greatly fulfilling to find out that other people enjoy them also and appreciate the work that we have done.”

This was the first 2D or Not 2D Animation Festival, hosted by the Animaticus Foundation, an organization committed to the education and advancement of traditional, hand-drawn animation.

“Our students’ success speaks volumes about the quality of work produced within RIT’s School of Film and Animation,” says Beiman.

Brendon Borgna '06