Join us for the 9th Annual New York Tech Animation and Film Festival on May 20! The festival will feature screenings of animations, motion graphic pieces, films, and documentary shorts created by students in our Digital Art and Design and Communication Arts programs. Submissions are judged by industry guests from the animation and film industry with cash prizes awarded to the winners.
This year's event will be celebrated in-person, with catering served at the end. Registration is now closed. There will also be a concurrent Zoom livestream of the ceremony, open to all New York Tech students, staff, and faculty. Details below.
- Screenings will become available online at 2 p.m.
- Award ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.
Join from dial-in phone line:
- Dial: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592
- Meeting ID: 934 3054 8732
- Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting
- International numbers available: https://nyit.zoom.us/u/abibWCptP7
Awards in the amount of $150 each will be made in six categories:
- Best Fiction/Narrative 2022
- Best Non-Fiction/Documentary 2022
- Best of Communication Arts 2022
- Best New York Tech Animation 2022
- Best Animation Style 2022
- Best Animation Storytelling 2022
Gina Amico, Digital Producer
Gina is a digital producer with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry for almost a decade. Her vast experience in unscripted television, documentary, and educational content has sharpened her skills across a variety of mediums including long and short form content. She has not only developed, cast, and produced shows for networks such as Bravo, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, TLC, and The Food Network, but she has also created online courses at Strayer University, Capella University and Domestika. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to judge and admire the featured talent at NYIT's Animation and Film Festival.
Sean Donnelly, Animation Director
Sean Donnelly founded the animation company, Awesome + modest, which specializes in mixed media animation for documentaries, music videos and commercials. They recently did all the animation for the Duplass Brother's HBO miniseries, The Lady and the Dale, and he won a Clio award for the promo he directed for it. Sean has directed music videos and commercials for clients such as Scion, Netflix, Bo Burnham, The Spinto Band, Volbeat, Kirk Hammett, The Mountain Goats, and many more.
Sean co-created and co-showran the Comedy Central series Jeff & Some Aliens. The show starred Brett Gelman, Malcolm McDowell, Christian Slater, Keegan Michael Key, Pamela Adlon, Tim Heidecker, and Alicia Silverstone. Sean also worked as a writer and director on the Comedy Central show TripTank, and is currently writing a feature length script for Tri-Star that is being produced by Andy Samburg's company Party Over Here.
While still in film school, he made the feature documentary I Think We're Alone Now which recently came in at #11 on Buzzfeed's "22 docs that must be seen to be believed." The film is about to be re-released on Blu Ray by Vinegar Syndrome.
Taj François, Creative Director
Taj François was born and raised in South Jersey to Haitian parents and went to high school taking classes that focused on tv production and development. Following high school he moved to NYC to attend the New York Film Academy and follow his passions of being in "the industry". Since his move, he’s worked with multiple artists such as Frank Ocean, Lion Babe, Miguel, and Kwamie Liv to name a few. Along with musicians he also has worked with name brand clients like Beats By Dre, Adidas & Louis Vuitton. He also lends his talents to the medium of Photography, spreading across categories such as Fashion, Lifestyle, Street & Nature. He has a wide area of expertise covering many forms of execution & in each area, keeps true to what gives a sense of feeling & emotion.
Mark Reynolds, Independent Animator and Visual Effects Artist
Mark Reynolds is a New York City-based animator and visual effects artist who has created work for screens large, small, virtual, and live-projected. His recent work can be seen in HBO’s documentary The Lady and the Dale, and he is currently serving as a lead compositor for the animated feature documentary, The Conspiracy. He is also the perpetrator behind the odd animated short film “Baiser (Kiss)” playing in various film festivals around the world. In addition to his freelance work, he teaches at the New York Film Academy and serves as Secretary for the New York City chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH.