UArts Wins Big at Animation Film Festival 

May 14, 2019

A University of the Arts Animation student and two UArts alumni earned awards at the 50th ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation) East Film Festival in May 2019. Bethie Kazanjian ’19 (Animation) won first place in the “Student Film” category for The Pigeon

Another first place winner—in the “Commissioned Film Under 2 Minutes” category—was Morgan Miller BFA ’00 (Film) for Big Jim, created by J.J. Sedelmaier Productions for Progressive. Bryan Brinkman BFA ’07 (Animation) came in second place in the same category for Voting Avenue, which was created for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Winners were voted on by ASIFA members, who hail from more than 50 countries and represent the field of animation. ASIFA East represents the eastern U.S.

View the winning UArts films below. 

The Pigeon 
Bethie Kazanjian ’19 (Animation)

Big Jim
Morgan Miller BFA ’00 (Film)

Voting Avenue
Bryan Brinkman BFA ’07 (Animation)