SVA to present recent alumni projects to entertainment industry with inaugural SVA Premieres

school-of-visual-arts-sva-premieres-los-angeles-2016SVA alumni have been featured in film festivals across the globe, developed projects of their own, and made integral contributions to blockbuster releases. They have won Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes and awards at festivals such as Sundance, SXSW and Venice. Filmmakers and artists as diverse as Craig Gillespie, Yvette Kaplan, Lynn Shelton and Tom Sito, as well as Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Passengers), and Ti West (The House of the Devil) have all studied at SVA.

In that spirit of creative success, SVA has developed an inaugural showcase of work from recent alumni called SVA Premieres, featuring the projects from 40 new graduates from nine academic programs. The screenings will be presented to an audience of industry professionals, according to the school’s blog post regarding the event.

During two evenings of screenings, the film, animation and VFX communities will discover the next generation of up-and-coming filmmakers and artists, through a selection of works championed by an honorary committee of accomplished filmmakers and artists, many of them also SVA alumni.

  • On Wednesday, June 1, SVA Premieres will kick off with a 90-minute animation and visual effects program, which will include work ranging from traditional hand-drawn and stop-motion animation to computer-generated 3D and visual effects.
  • On Thursday, June 2, SVA Premieres continues with a selection of live-action narrative and documentary films. The two-hour presentation will feature works that run the gamut of cinematic storytelling forms and showcase exemplary, emerging talent in directing, screenwriting, cinematography, and editing.

To further the showcase’s mission of introducing the next wave of artists and filmmakers to the industry, the 8:00pm screenings will be preceded by 7:00pm welcoming receptions and followed by dessert receptions to give industry members an opportunity to meet the artists featured in the program.

SVA Premieres is championed by an honorary committee of industry professionals including Andrew Dayton (co-founder, Steel Wool Games), Zackary Drucker (co-producer, Transparent), Randall Emmett (executive producer, End of Watch), Geoffrey Fletcher (Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Precious), Craig Gillespie (director, Lars and the Real Girl), Yvette Kaplan (co-director, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America), Alex Kupershmidt (animator, The Lion King), Christopher Newman (Academy Award-winning sound mixer, The Exorcist), Bill Plympton (Academy Award-nominated animator, Your Face), Chris and Shannon Prynoski (founders, Titmouse, Inc.), Gillian Robespierre (director/writer, Obvious Child), Mike Roth (supervising producer/writer, Cartoon Network), Phil Rynda (VP of artist development, Nickelodeon), Carlos Saldanha (co-director, Ice Age), Lynn Shelton (director/writer, Humpday), Michael Simmonds (cinematographer, Big Fan), Tom Sito (animator, Aladdin), Mark Ulano (Academy Award-winning sound mixer, Titanic) and Kara Vallow (executive producer, Family Guy).

For more information on SVA Premieres, and to RSVP for the event, visit

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