Animation and Film Festival

2020 Award Ceremony Compilation

The New York Tech Animation and Film Festival is a yearly event celebrating the works of students from both the Communication Arts and Digital Art and Design Departments. Student submissions are made up of a diverse mix of artwork. This ranges from short films, documentaries, commercials, 2-D and 3-D animation. With support from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Festival allows students to showcase their creativity and hard work to fellow filmmakers, animators and the rest of the world.

2020 Communication Arts Awards

Best Fiction

"Relativity" by Brendan Smoller

Best Non-Fiction

"A Taste of New York" by Ethan Diaz

Best of Communication Arts

"The Interview" by Craig Carass

2020 Digital Art & Design Winners

Best Animation Storytelling

"Flowers For the Rain" by John Bekios

Best Animation Style

"Paraliezed" by Adam Marano

"Rain" by Qing Zhi Chen

Best New York Tech Animation

"Overgrown" by Gabriel Intrieri



Lee Milby

Lee Milby

Lee Milby graduated from The Cooper Union School of Art and exhibited paintings and performances in galleries and shows across New York City. After developing a severe allergy to oil paint, she shifted her focus to film and has since directed dozens of music videos, four short films, and a TV pilot. Her work has won awards and accolades in both nationwide and international film festivals. In addition to her directing work, she has also created storyboard art and illustrations for internationally recognized brands such as the NAACP, Ben & Jerry’s, Kate Spade, Emergen-C, the Olympics, and many more.

John Didato

John Didato

John Peter Didato is an award-winning director, producer, and editor currently working for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. He has edited numerous children’s programs including Sesame Street, the very first Sesame Street podcasts and the internet video “Cookie Monster Auditions for Saturday Night Live.” His documentary, Ciao, Sesame Street!, won the 2019 Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. John also teaches film production and editing in various universities in New York City.


Emily Suber

Emily Suber

Emily Suber is an experienced independent art director and designer focusing on graphic and motion design. She specializes in entertainment design for film and television. Previously, she was Art Director for Kino Lorber, a distinguished film distributor, shaping film campaigns with key art, poster design and digital branding. Additionally, she has provided title designs on independent features and shorts, as well as working on-set creating graphics for film, television, and live events. She has collaborated with Largent Studios, Cake Group, JWT, Color + Information, and Pure + Applied, and created work for AMC Networks/IFC, Netflix, Lionsgate, MTV, HBO, and Beachside Films among others. Her work has been seen in Indie Wire and Entertainment Weekly and she has been interviewed for Adobe's 99u.

Andamion Murataj

Andamion Murataj

Andamion Murataj is a writer and director who has been working between United Stated and Europe for the past ten years. He received The Silver Bear for the Best Screenplay at the Berlin International Film Festival 2011 for the feature film The Forgiveness of Blood, along with co-writer Joshua Marston. He is a founder and director of Balkan Film Market and Albascript Workshops and has been a member of international juries for many film festivals across Europe. Andamion holds an M.F.A. in Film and Electronic Media from the American University in Washington, D.C.

Winners will be announced live via Zoom on May 22 at 7 p.m. Check-back for details.