The Best Animated films From Stuttgart Festival 2012


Burbank, CA – May 24, 2012 – Tonight the Best Animated films From Stuttgart Festival 2012 will be screened at the Goethe Institute, Los Angeles.

The night opens with a reception and then Fareed Majari, Director of the Goethe Institute, Los Angeles, introduces the selected films from the Stuttgart Festival 2012  to the audience.

The Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) is one of the world’s largest and most important festivals for animated film. From May 08 to May 13, 2012 around 1,000 of the best animated films worldwide, representing the whole spectrum of the genre, were shown at the 19th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film. The Festival focuses were on artistic animated film and the support of young talents. Prize money more than 70,000 Euros were awarded in nine competition categories.
After screening of the films, Bijan Tehrani, Editor in Chief of Cinema Without Borders and a faculty of the Art Institute Of California, Los Angeles, moderates a panel discussion focused on German Animation Industry. Members of the panel are Ron Diamond, Phil Mendez and Mike Libonati.

Ron Diamond has been involved in the world of animation for more than two decades. In 1990, Diamond founded animation production house Acme Filmworks.  Diamond has produced award winning advertisement campaigns. Recently he worked with Ridley Scott on the main title sequence for Scott’s “Robin Hood.”

Phil Mendez has worked in animation for over 40 years. He is best known as the author of the Black Snowman, the revered coming-of-age story, which has sold over two million copies and has won numerous honors, among them the Martin Luther King Living the Dream Award. He is also a faculty member at The Art Institute of California, Los Angeles.

Mike Libonati is the Academic Director of the Media Arts & Animation and Visual Effects & Motion Graphics programs at The Art Institute of California, Los Angeles. He is a 2d/3d artist who has worked on projects in development at various studios in Los Angeles.

After a short intermission screening of Master Films for Ollies Animation Film Festival starts and next section will be screening of students films.

The evening will be closed by Cinema Without Borders awarding Best Master Film, Best Student Film and The Second Place Student Film at Ollies Film Festival.

Prizes For the master and Student Films Provided by Adobe.

This event has been organized by Goethe Institute, Los Angeles,  The Art Institute of California, a college of Argosy University, Los Angeles and Cinema Without Borders.


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Luz Aguado

Luz Aguado was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in East Los Angeles. She is the oldest of four siblings. Prior to attending The Art Institute, Luz was a student at the University of California Riverside where she studied biology and aspired to become a medical doctor. Now she studies Media Arts and Animation at The Art Institute of Los Angeles and hopes of one day having the opportunity to work for Disney Animation Studios. Three dimensional animation and the innovative techniques that have given animation a more realistic appearance is something that she wishes to focus on while at The Art Institute.

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