Lady of Names” named best feature at Philly fest

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The Lady of Names,” a family-friendly film directed by Adam Ciolfi of the Toronto sub­urb of North York, Ontario, was named Best Fea­ture: Ani­ma­tion at the Philadel­phia Film & Ani­ma­tion Festival.

The 85-minute stop-motion ani­ma­tion film was made by No Gaso­line Pro­duc­tions. In it, a beau­ti­ful librar­ian dis­cov­ers the power of magic when an ill-conceived wish cat­a­pults her into the world of fairy tales. She falls into the clutches of the Troll King, a mon­ster obsessed with impris­on­ing all the fairy tale folk.

Her only hope for res­cue is Zack Driscoll, a young handy­man in love with her. Kid­napped by a pompous mush­room and an elfin crea­ture, Zack braves gob­lin magic and the icy domain of the Mem­ine in his quest towards the final show­down with the Troll King himself.

Mean­while, Worlds Apart — cre­ated in a unique class called Project X at Sun­ny­vale, California’s Cogswell Col­lege — received the Best Short: Ani­ma­tion award at the festival.

Film direc­tor Michael Zachary Huber and Cogswell chan­cel­lor Chuck House attended the cer­e­mony at the Inter­na­tional House Ibrahim The­ater to accept the award.

Part sci­ence fic­tion and part cau­tion­ary fairy­tale, Worlds Apart explores the uni­ver­sal themes of stew­ard­ship of nature and the fate of human­ity. Worlds Apart asks the ques­tion, “Can human­ity change its ways and save itself?”

The short was also nom­i­nated for Best Mar­ket­ing “for an excep­tional online trailer and proac­tive atti­tude of Cogswell Col­lege for sub­mit­ting their stu­dents’ films to fes­ti­vals, help­ing them get to their pre­mieres, and pro­mot­ing their work online.”

One of the rea­sons for the suc­cess of Project X is the fact that it oper­ates on a deep-running ide­o­log­i­cal premise,” said Huber. “That premise is that beauty in crafts­man­ship tran­scends time and space. Any­one from any­where in the world can look at a beau­ti­ful piece of art or archi­tec­ture and be inspired by it. There is an inher­ent truth in beauty and that fact can be appre­ci­ated from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. Project X strives to uphold these prin­ci­pals through the mod­ern mix of art and tech­nol­ogy that is dig­i­tal animation.”

San Jose-area audi­ences will have the chance to see Worlds Apart at the upcom­ing San Jose Short Film Fes­ti­val (sjshortfest.com), set for Octo­ber 20 to 23, where the film is an “Offi­cial Selection.”

Said Stephanie Yuhas, the co-founder of Project Twenty1 and the Philadel­phia Film and Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val: “I’m blown away by the level of work com­ing from Cogswell Col­lege and greatly admire the mis­sion of Project X. We’ve been run­ning this fes­ti­val since 2006, and I’ve never seen a film or ani­ma­tion come through our juries or screen­ing pan­els of dozens of peo­ple with a “per­fect 10″ in every category.

In other words, in our total library of about 650 films, some of which are fea­tures that have now received world­wide the­atri­cal dis­tri­b­u­tion, the stu­dent short Worlds Apart has received the high­est scores. What­ever you’re doing over there in Sun­ny­vale, Cal­i­for­nia — keep doing it; our audi­ences want more!”

Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class at Cogswell Col­lege that is run like a pro­fes­sional ani­ma­tion pro­duc­tion stu­dio using teams of skilled artists and sound design­ers. Stu­dents work tire­lessly for three semes­ters to pro­duce a studio-quality short film. Dur­ing pro­duc­tion, they are sup­ported by a mas­sive col­lab­o­ra­tive effort from fac­ulty, staff, vis­it­ing artists, indus­try pro­fes­sion­als and alumni.

Also in the Best Short: Ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory, Gilded Age Glad­i­a­tor and VICENTA tied for hon­or­able men­tion. The Light­house also was nominated.

In the sep­a­rate 21-Day Film­mak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, Team Dragon Crest Pro­duc­tions won in the Best Ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory for Lit­tle Dudes. Other nom­i­nees were Fried­man Equa­tion, Squawks of Fury!, Fam­ily Tree and Go West.

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