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Asifa-Hollywood Selects Recipients Of Its Animation Educators Forum Scholarships

Asifa-Hollywood Selects Recipients Of Its Animation Educators Forum Scholarships

ASIFA-Hollywood and the Animation Educators Forum (AEF) proudly announce the
recipients of the 2015 AEF Scholarships. From a pool of 113 applicants, three
were selected for the $5000 scholarship and six were selected for the $2500
scholarship. Scholarships are merit-based and designed to support college
students in continuing their education in the field of animation. The awards may
be applied to tuition, books and supplies, animation hardware or software and
senior or graduate thesis production.

The $5000 recipients are: Tomek Pilarski, University of Arts,
Poznan, Poland; Alan Huynh, California
State University, Long Beach; and Anastasiia
Platoshyna
, Sheridan College. The $2500 recipients are: Michael Trikosko, Ringling College of
Art and Design; Eustace Ng, Sheridan
College; Michael Linhart, Griffith
College; Sarah Chalek, MOPA,; Joanna K. Stopyra, Academy of Art
University; and Tiffany Rodriquez,
California College of the Arts.

“ASIFA’s original mission
was to connect Western animation studios with Eastern European studios,” said Aubry
Mintz, AEF chair and board member of ASIFA-Hollywood. “One of the recipients
was from the University of Poznan in Poland. It’s nice to see this
international relationship thrive so many years later.”

Mintz
went on to say, “The success of this scholarship in its inaugural year is a
testament to the dedication of 12 passionate educators who meet regularly
outside of their busy schedules to discuss effective ways to improve animation
education. With the support of ASIFA-Hollywood, the AEF steering committee is
incredibly proud of the awardees of this scholarship and it is our hope
this will offer support for their efforts and will serve as an expression of
our confidence in their bright futures.”

“ASIFA-Hollywood
is really gratified to be able to support both the Animation Educators Forum
and now this very important initiative,” said Frank Gladstone, ASIFA-Hollywood
Executive Director. “We are looking forward to continuing to fund the program
and, in fact, are committed to seeing it grow as more students and schools find
out about the scholarships.”

ASIFA-Hollywood supports a
wide range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its
membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid
Foundation, animated film preservation, special events, classes and screenings.

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