Full Sail University Hosts Animation Forum at The Florida Film Festival

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On Wednesday, April 1, Full Sail University was proud to host an Animation Forum held at the Enzian Theater featuring a panel of leading professionals in the animation industry at the 18th Annual Florida Film Festival. This year marks Full Sail's fifth year as the primary sponsor of the festival, as well as the twelfth year as a major participant.

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Having the opportunity to host a panel of professionals at the Florida Film Festival is not only a wonderful opportunity for the students we serve, but also an incredible benefit to further bring the animation industry to Central Florida.

On Wednesday, April 1, Full Sail University (http://www.fullsail.edu) was proud to host an Animation Forum held at the Enzian Theater featuring a panel of leading professionals in the animation industry at the 18th Annual Florida Film Festival (http://www.floridafilmfestival.com). This year marks Full Sail's fifth year as the primary sponsor of the festival, as well as the twelfth year as a major participant.

Moderated by Full Sail University's Program Director for Computer Animation, Pete Bandstra, the Animation Forum consisted of a panel of industry professionals including: Signe Baumane (Birth), Jacqueline Smessaert Brennan (BOTNIK!), two-time Oscar nominated Bill Plympton (Idiots and Angels, Your Face, and Guard Dog), and well respected animator, Aaron Augenblick (TV's Superjail!, Golden Age). Currently offering a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Animation, Full Sail consistently serves as a leading institution for education and careers in the entertainment industry with graduate credits in animation on projects such as Cars, The Incredibles, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

"It was an honor to participate as the moderator for the Animation Forum," said Bandstra. "Having the opportunity to host a panel of professionals at the Florida Film Festival is not only a wonderful opportunity for the students we serve, but also an incredible benefit to further bring the animation industry to Central Florida."

About Full Sail University:
Since 1979, Full Sail University, located outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 31,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy® and GRAMMY®-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail's 190-acre campus and online education platform proudly welcomes over 6,500 students from 50 states and 65 countries.

Full Sail currently offers a total of 20 degree programs including: Associate of Science Degrees offered in Graphic Design, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Art, Game Development, Internet Marketing, Music Business and Web Design & Development; and Master of Science Degrees in Education Media Design & Technology, Game Design, Entertainment Business, and Internet Marketing; and a Master of Fine Art in Media Design.

Full Sail was most recently named the 2008 "School/College of the Year" by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The university has also been previously named: The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the Best Music Business Departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

For more information about Full Sail, please visit http://www.fullsail.edu.

Alexander Camman                
Public Relations Representative
407-679-0100, ext 5870

Kristin Weissman    
Director of Public Relations
407-679-0100, ext. 5908
407-252-1179 (cell)

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