Film/Digital Video Alumni Earn Festival Honors

Emre Ozdemir '10 wins at Black Maria, N.J. film fests; Richard Law '08 takes 2nd place at New Jersey Young Film & Videomakers Festival

February 21, 2011

Films by University of the Arts graduates Emre Ozdemir '10 (Film/Digital Video) and Richard Law '08 (Film/Digital Video) were recently honored by a number of prestigious film festivals.

"Urva," by Ozdemir received a Director's Choice Award at the Black Maria Film + Video Festival and was named Best Student Film at the New Jersey Film Festival held at Rutgers University.

An international juried competition whose mission is to advocate, exhibit and reward cutting-edge works from independent film and video makers, the Black Maria Festival's annual tour includes a stop at the University of the Arts on February 23, where "Urva" will be screened as part of the Paradigm Lecture Series presented by the Media Arts department.

Created as his senior thesis, Ozdemir's short documentary tells the story of a soon-to-be lost culture in the remote village of Urva in the Black Sea region of Ozdemir's native country of Turkey. In addition to being accepted into the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival & Salon held last October in Venice, Calif., and the Zero Film Festival held in New York in November, "Urva" was nominated for a University of the Arts President's Award, received an honorable mention at the University's 2010 thesis film and animation screenings, and was included in the "Best of Film & Animation Show" held last spring.

"Girls, Robots, and Digital Cameras," Law's 13-minute senior thesis film, was also honored by Black Maria, receiving the Jury's Choice – 2nd Prize at its 36th annual New Jersey Young Film & Videomakers Festival.

Other accolades for "Girls, Robots, and Digital Cameras" include Best College Narrative at the Bucks Fever Film Fest; the People's Choice Award at the Cape May NJ State Film Fest; the Judge's Choice Award at the George Stickel Festival of Moving Images; and an Official Selection at the Johns Hopkins Film Festival, the Garden State Film Festival and the Austin Asian American Film Festival.

Law, who has been making music videos over the past year, has just finished a short documentary that he will be sending out soon.

Top: Still from "Urva"; above: Still from "Girls, Robots, and Digital Cameras."

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