2024 Character Animation Producers’ Show Returns to the Academy Museum

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On Tuesday night, members of the CalArts community, industry representatives, and friends and family journeyed to LA’s Miracle Mile neighborhood to celebrate Character Animation students’ films at the 2024 Character Animation Producers’ Show, held for the third year in a row in the David Geffen Theater at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. From laugh-out-loud moments to heartstring-pulling scenes, the program offered a riveting selection of student short films from all levels within the Character Animation BFA program.

Following introductions from CalArts President Ravi Rajan, Provost Tracie Costantino, School of Film/Video Dean Abigail Severance, and Character Animation Program Director Maija Burnett was an address by guest of honor Pete Sohn (Film/Video BFA 99). Sohn, who received an Academy Award nomination for his Pixar feature Elemental this past awards season, shared his experience coming to CalArts from New York, his time at the Institute, and a fond remembrance of breakfast burritos on campus.

Echoing sentiments from previous guests of honor, Sohn stated that Character Animation students are those who will push the industry forward, and advised the filmmakers to create the work they truly wish to create, and not simply what they believe audiences want to watch.

The screening was preceded by the recognition of three student award winners:

Justine King (Film/Video BFA 24) won the faculty-scored 2024 Walter and Gracie Lantz Animation Prize for “Amon.” King also won the award at last year’s Producers’ Show for “The Little Poet.”

Sumin Ha (Film/Video BFA 24) won the 2024 Procreate Award for Creativity in Animated Filmmaking for “Testimony.” The distinction, which was awarded for the first time in 2023, was presented this year by Procreate Partnerships Manager Jennifer Busey.

Shea Territo (Film/Video BFA 24) won the 2024 Peers’ Pick Award for “Education with Lawrence and Toni.”

The dimming of the Geffen’s theater lights signaled the presentation of the 23 films selected by School of Film/Video faculty:

Watch the full playlist of 2024 CalArts Character Animation student films on the CalArts Character Animation YouTube channel (linked below).

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