SVA Film & Animation


28th Dusty Film & Animation Festival
Friday, May 5 – Monday, May 8, 2017

13246240_1070668689672420_5792366791504170589_oSince 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.


Trudie Styler presenting award to Philippa Fort

Actress/producer/director Trudie Styler presenting the 2016 Human Spirit Award to Philippa Fort

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,

Mark Osborn presenting award to Hsuan Ho and Silver Paul

Director/writer/producer Mark Osborne presenting the 2016 Outstanding Animated Film Award to Hsuan Ho (l) and Silver Paul (c)

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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Josh Singer presenting award to Evan DeCarlo

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Josh Singer presenting the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting Award to Evan DeCarlo (l)



Producer/Director: Annie Flocco


Photographs by: Maria Moreno Photography & Richard Scalzo.




Tom Sito presenting award to Montana Hall

Animator/historian Tom Sito presenting the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation Award to Montana Hall (l)