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Animation Educators Forum Selects 2017-18 Scholarship Recipients

Animation Educators Forum Selects 2017-18 Scholarship Recipients

With the guiding motto, Now more than ever, animation in its many forms provides a way to communicate across cultures and across bordersASIFA-Hollywood and the Animation Educators Forum (AEF) recently selected seven (7) animation students (out of 78 applications) to receive a total of $31,000 in scholarships for academic year 2017-2018.

According to the AEF judges, applications came in from all around the world, and each had their own passionate stories to tell. The AEF scholarships are merit-based and designed to support college students in continuing their education in the field of animation. Each individual student’s proposals, letters of recommendation from faculty, and demo reel/still art were taken into consideration as part of the selection process.

A team of seven judges, all with professional and academic experience, gave careful consideration to each application, reviewing the applicants’ personal goals, proposal for the use of the award, and portfolio of work. Applications were considered based on the student’s upcoming year in school, and then evaluated during three intense rounds of judging, Dori Littell-Herrick, AEF Chair Committee.

This year’s awardees include stop motion, traditional and digital artists; documentary and short-film makers; and academic researchers and authors.

The 2017-2018 AEF Scholarship recipients are:

Amir Arzanian – $5,000; University of Southern California;
Blake Derksen - $5,000; California Institute of the Arts;
Isaiah Malnory-Brown - $3,000; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee;
Rachel Elese Morales - $5,000; Art Center College of Design;
Triet Le - $3,000; Virginia Commonwealth University;
Tzu-Hsin Yang (Cindy Yang) - $5,000; California Institute of the Arts; and
Vassilis Kroustallis - $5,000; Department of Audio & Visual Arts, Ionian University.

All scholarship awardees will also receive a one-year Associate Membership to ASIFA-Hollywood.


ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the Art of Animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, Animation Educators Forum, animated film preservation, special events, scholarships and screenings.


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