2022 Producers’ Show Returns to the Big Screen

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Last night (May 4), the CalArts Character Animation Producers’ Show, presented by the School of Film/Video, returned in-person for the first time in three years at the David Geffen Theater at Academy Museum in Los Angeles. The screening featured a selection of 27 student films juried by the Character Animation faculty.

The show commenced with opening remarks from President Ravi Rajan, Provost Tracie Costantino, School of Film/Video Dean Abigail Severance, Character Animation Program Director Maija Burnett, and Associate Director Steve Brown, each of whom thanked the students for their resilience and commitment to filmmaking throughout the pandemic. 

Following the remarks was the recognition of the evening’s guests of honor: Mike Rianda (Film/Video 11) and Jeff Rowe (Film/Video 11), directors and writers of the Academy Award-nominated sci-fi comedy The Mitchells vs. The Machines. The pair reminisced on their time at the Institute and offered encouragement to the students, regarding them as the vanguard of the animation industry.

Rianda and Rowe also announced the three student award winners: 

Walter and Gracie Lantz Animation Prize: “Operago” by Rayna Buxton (watch above)

Vimeo Award: “Everything Must Go” by Alisha Liu

Peer’s Pick Award: “Detective Alice and the Inside Game” by Kyky Yang

The full screening program, following the award-winning films: 

The Producers’ Show was the final event of the 2022 School of Film/Video Showcase, which presented special screenings by student films from each of the four programs—including the Character Animation Open Show, which took place on campus from April 22-23. Watch the 2022 Open Show works, among which are several of the films selected for Producers’ Show, on YouTube or Vimeo.

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PUBLISHED BY Taya Zoormandan

As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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