Two Ringling College Computer Animators Win Independents’ Film Festival (IFF) Best Student Animation Award

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that two of its 2011 graduates received the Best Student Animation Award for their Senior Thesis Film ‘Defective Detective’ from the Tampa Bay Art & Education Network's Independents’ Film Festival (IFF)

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Defective Detective Animation Stills Credit: ©2011 Avner Geller & Stevie Lewis, Class of 2011, Ringling College of Art and Design

'Defective Detective’ was a stand-out in the Student Animation category, with its fast-paced action, attention to detail and well structured story. Nothing defective there.

sarsota, fl (PRWEB) August 30, 2011

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that 2011 Computer Animation graduates Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis won the ‘Best Student Animation’ award from the Tampa Bay Art & Education Network's Independents’ Film Festival (IFF) for their Senior Thesis Film ‘Defective Detective.’ In addition to traditional theatrical screening of films to the community, all IFF official selections are also televised on The Education Channel for an entire month with web simulcasts.

According to Independents' Film Festival Director Lucy Griggs, “‘Defective Detective’ was a stand-out in the Student Animation category, with its fast-paced action, attention to detail and well structured story. Nothing defective there.”

An annual event since 1993, the IFF is one of the longest running established film festivals in Florida, its success built upon dedication to the audience and the filmmaker. IFF supports independent filmmaker by providing audiences for their work, introducing new audiences to independent cinema and educating on the art of filmmaking. Judges scored the IFF Official Selections on their technical production and artistic value, as well as overall creativity. They commented repeatedly on the overall quality of the films and animations submitted this year. A selection of films will be screened in a number of community events from September 15 – 17, 2011. Defective Detective will screen on Saturday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m. All events will be held at the Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network’s studios in Tampa. More information is available at the IFF website.

In June, 2011, Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis were also winners in the 38th Annual Student Academy Awards® competition, capturing the Bronze Medal in the Animation category for ‘Defective Detective.’ According to the Academy, winners are chosen from entries received by more than 500 colleges and universities worldwide.

Since 1998, Ringling College students have won eight Student Academy Awards, including three Gold, two Silver, and three Bronze medals. Seven of these awards have been received during the past 10 years.

ABOUT RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 50-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls 1,368 students from 46 states and 44 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. http://www.Ringling.edu

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Caption (l): 2011 Student Academy Award® Winner and Ringling College of Art and Design Computer Animation graduate Avner Geller. Photo credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S. Caption (l): 2011 Student Academy Award® Winner and Ringling College of Art and Design Computer Animation graduate Avner Geller. Photo credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Caption (l): 2011 Student Academy Award® Winner and Ringling College of Art and Design Computer Animation graduate Avner Geller. Photo credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.


Caption (r): 2011 Student Academy Award® Winner and Ringling College of Art and Design Computer Animation graduate Stevie Lewis. Photo credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S. Caption (r): 2011 Student Academy Award® Winner and Ringling College of Art and Design Computer Animation graduate Stevie Lewis. Photo credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Caption (r): 2011 Student Academy Award® Winner and Ringling College of Art and Design Computer Animation graduate Stevie Lewis. Photo credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.