SVA Film & Animation

28th Dusty Film & Animation Festival

Friday, May 5 – Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 Dusty Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients



Shannon and Chris Prynoski

Shannon Prynoski
(BFA 1994 Film and Video)
Producer and Founder of Titmouse
Venture Bros., Nico and the Sword of Light, Nerdland


Chris Prynoski
(BFA 1994 Animation)
Director/Producer and Founder of Titmouse
Motorcity, Nerdland, Metalocalypse




Michael Giacchino Photo credit: Jaimie Trueblood/Lucasfilm, (c) 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Michael Giacchino
(BFA 1990 Film and Video)
Academy Award-winning Composer
Up, Lost, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story






Since 1990, the School of Visual Arts’ Dusty Film & Animation Festival has become one of the country’s foremost events to discover exceptional new talent in film and animation. The Dusty Film & Animation Festival gives BFA Film and BFA Animation thesis students the unique opportunity to exhibit their work to industry professionals, family and friends. The festival culminates in our eminent Dusty Awards, attended by celebrities and distinguished guests from the film and animation industries.


The 2016 Dusty Awards presenters were: Academy Award-winning screenwriter Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Fifth Estate, The West Wing), actress/producer/director Trudie Styler (American Honey – Official Selection for the Festival de Cannes 2016, Freak Show, The Seagull), director/writer/producer Mark Osborne (The Little Prince, Kung Fu Panda, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie), Academy Award-winning production sound mixer Chris Newman (The Godfather, The Exorcist, Amadeus), Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Laurens Grant (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Riders), writer/director Ti West (The House of the Devil,

Wayward Pines, VHS), editor Aaron Yanes (Tyson, You Don’t Know Jack, Europa Report), director of photography Michael Simmonds (Nerve, White Girl, Vice Principals), animator Howard Beckerman (Boop-Beep), producer and New York Women in Film & Television president Alexis Alexanian, IFP program manager and producer Zach Mandinach and filmmaker Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist, Divergent, Billions).

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Producer/Director: Annie Flocco


Photographs by: Maria Moreno Photography & Richard Scalzo.