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Alumni Board Hosts Exclusive Screening of Best Animated Films from 2010

April 25, 2011

Sheridan arts alumni, students, faculty and industry leaders were treated to a private screening this past spring of the top films from the 2010 Ottawa International Animation Festival and the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Student Showcase.

The reception and screening, held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre in Toronto on April 6th, was hosted by Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design Alumni Board of Directors. Close to 170 guests viewed nine award-winning films, as well as audience favourites from the Ottawa International Animation Festival, which is the largest event of its kind in North America.

Among the guests was Emmy-Award winner and distinguished faculty member, Kaj Pindal, who arrived at the event with a busload of animation students. Also on hand was Lily Sun [Bachelor of Applied Arts (Animation) 2010], whose film Sketchi, won Best Animated Film at the 2010 TIFF Student Showcase. The film was one of the six TIFF award-winning films by Sheridan graduates which were screened during the evening.

Clive Smith, co-founder of the animation studio Nelvana, acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Nelvana (now a division of Corus Entertainment) grew to become an entertainment leader, thanks in large part to an influx of graduates from Sheridan’s newly-minted animation program. Highly respected in the industry, Smith and his Nelvana partners, Michael Hirsh and Patrick Loubert, have played key roles in the development of Sheridan’s world-renowned animation program.

Thanks to Nelvana, Infinity Communications and the Sheridan Alumni Association for sponsoring the evening, and to the Ottawa International Animation Festival for providing the films.