SFUAD to Sponsor Sixth Annual National Film Festival for Talented Youth
The event features a film by alumnus Jason Natzke and presentations by SFUAD faculty
For Immediate Release
Santa Fe, N.M.—April 26, 2012— Santa Fe University of Art and Design will sponsor the sixth annual National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), held April 26–29 in Seattle. At this, the world’s largest youth film festival, hundreds of student filmmakers under 22 submit films each year, which are juried and shown at multiple theatre venues during the festival.
Fixative, the film that alumnus Jason Natzke (’11) completed for his SFUAD thesis, was chosen as one of 225 films from 30 U.S. states and more than 20 countries. Produced in conjunction with the Moving Image Arts Department (MOV) at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Fixative is the story of Jacob and Sean, two estranged best friends who reconnect for a night before one of them leaves for war. The project, which was filmed entirely in the Santa Fe area, used a MOV crew as well as professional New Mexican actors.
Natzke will also participate in NFFTY’s Future of Film Expo, where he will give a presentation at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, April 28, on the main stage alongside SFUAD professor Harry Mathias. The session will highlight the features of the university’s MOV Department and the internships available through the program. Also on Saturday, Joelle Collier, an MOV faculty member, will participate in a panel about film education at 11:15 a.m. The university’s “How to Make a Short Film” video will be available for viewing at the SFUAD booth, No. 313.
“NFFTY, a celebration of filmmaking, is a fantastic opportunity to engage with the young filmmakers of today and showcase why Santa Fe University of Art and Design is a destination for learning the trade,” said Mathias.
The MOV Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers a comprehensive, hands-on, four-year curriculum that integrates film, video and digital production with critical studies and writing. The department is housed in the Garson Communications Center, which houses a 65,000-square-foot production and postproduction facility and one of only two professional film studios on a college campus in the nation. Films such as True Grit, Cowboys & Aliens and No Country for Old Men have been shot at the university’s Garson Studios. The Screen, a popular destination within the Garson Communications Center, shows some of the greatest works of world cinema daily for students and the public.
To discuss the university’s MOV program with prospective students, SFUAD representatives will be available at booth No. 313 at the Future of Film Expo, which takes place in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.
About Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world’s leading centers for art and design. The university offers degrees in arts management, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, moving image arts (filmmaking and video production), performing arts, photography and studio art. Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals. As a Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Art, Architecture and Design, the university boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts. Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe) is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.