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Photo Flash: Inside School of Visual ARTS' 25th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Awards

School of Visual Arts (SVA) announced the winners of its 2014 Dusty Film & Animation Festival and Awards, now in its 25th year, at an awards ceremony held May 13, 2014 at New York City's SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd Street). Highlighting the work of more than 100 filmmakers and animators graduating from the BFA Film and Video and BFA Animation departments, the annual awards were bestowed at the invite-only event. This year's Dusty presenters included notables from the world of film, television and animation, including Ellen Barkin, Randall Emmett, Ralph Bakshi, Peter Berg, Thelma Schoonmaker, Peter LeDonne, Yvette Kaplan, Martin Abrahams, Howard Beckerman, Michael Cuesta, Frank Prinzi, Jose Rivera, Dan Schoenbrun, Chris Newman and Alexis Alexanian. The event was hosted by media personality Valerie Smaldone. Check out a look back below!

This year's Headlining Sponsors include: AbelCine; Act Zero Films; Adorama Rental Company; Animation Magazine; B&H Photo; Bryan Singer; Carlos Saldanha/BottleCap Productions; Channel Frederator Network; Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films; Feature Systems/Kits and Expendables; Foto Care; Gotham Sound & Communications, Inc.; Independent Filmmaker Project; New York Women in Film & Television; Nice Shoes; Rota6; SCS Agency, Inc.; Squarespace; SVA Campus Store; and Technicolor-PostWorks New York. One hundred percent of the sponsors' donations will benefitthesis students in the form of grants and in-kind awards.

The 2014 DUSTY Winners are:

Outstanding Film (Feature Film): Juan Paulo Laserna for Las Malas Lenguas
Outstanding Film (Short Film): Will Henry for Magic for Beginners
Outstanding Documentary: Kate Howley for River Men
Outstanding Achievement in Directing: Juan Paulo Laserna for Las Malas Lenguas; Will Henry for Magic for Beginners
Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting: Helen O'Reilly for Surviving the Hen
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Wayland Bell for Stray and for Magic for Beginners
Outstanding Achievement in Editing: Juan Paulo Laserna for Las Malas Lenguas
Gotham Honorary Sound Grants: Renee Heitman and Jose Ramirez

Traditional Animation Awards:

Outstanding Animated Film: Luz Batista and Sarah Sloyer for Moonstruck
Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation: Vivienne Medrano for Timber
Outstanding Achievement in Animation Production Design: Meredith Nolan for Skeleton Key

Stop-Motion Animation Award:

Outstanding Achievement in Stop Motion Animation: Lindsey Schneeberger for The Adventures of Moonshine and the Dirt Children
New York Women in Film & Television Award: Helen O'Reilly
Independent Filmmaker Project Award: Mayid Guerrero
Human Spirit Award: Kate Howley

For more information, visit dusty.sva.edu.

Photo Credit: Leandro Badalotti

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Photo Flash: Inside School of Visual ARTS' 25th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Awards
Valerie Smaldone, Annie Flocco, Reeves Lehmann, Ellen Barkin

Photo Flash: Inside School of Visual ARTS' 25th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Awards
Ellen Barkin, Peter Berg

Photo Flash: Inside School of Visual ARTS' 25th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Awards
Reeves Lehmann, Annie Flocco, Ralph Bakshi, Valerie Smaldone

Photo Flash: Inside School of Visual ARTS' 25th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Awards
Randall Emmett, Yvette Kaplan

Photo Flash: Inside School of Visual ARTS' 25th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Awards
Thelma Schoonmaker

Photo Flash: Inside School of Visual ARTS' 25th Annual Dusty Film & Animation Awards
Yvette Kaplan

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