Savannah Film Festival
Issue: Volume: 28 Issue: 1 (Jan 2005)

Savannah Film Festival

Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher Winner of the best Student Film-Animation, this project by Alexander Woo from New York University is a “flyback” to World War II, with flying ace Rex Steele attempting to foil the

Student and professional filmmakers from across the globe showcased a wide selection of juried works to approximately 25,000 attendees at the 2004 Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) this past fall. In addition to workshops, lectures, and special events, the eight-day event featured more than 50 films, selected from 500 entries in various categories, including student, feature, short, animation, and documentary works.

The student entries included both live-action productions and animated shorts. In fact, this year marked the first time since the festival began in 1998 that an award category was created just for student animations. “We were very impressed by this year’s animated films, particularly by the strong selection of student animation work,” comments Len Cripe, managing director of the festival.

Siddharth Achrekar took top honors in the SCAD-only Student Film category and was runner-up in the overall Student Film-Animation competition with “Divya,” a high-flying adventure in which an ancient pilot teaches his modern counterpart some new tricks. Capturing first place in the Student Film-Animation category was Alexander Woo from New York University with “Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher,” an animated adventure featuring the hero Rex Steele as he attempts to dismantle another Nazi plan.

A selection of student animated works from the festival appears on these two pages. -Karen Moltenbrey

The War Inside (top) Created by Jahmad Rollins from the California Institute of the Arts, this short is a personal project about an illustrator struggling to give life to his ideas and characters (see middle and bott

Le Vieil Homme et les Poissons This animated tale by David Bokser from the Savannah College of Art and Design is about an old man whose desire to become a fish drives him to create a device so he can fulfill his drea

Woman in the Attic This film, created by Chansoo Kim from the University of Southern California, explores aging and mortality when a woman confronts her younger self in the attic. Shot with an Olympus E-10 digital ca