May 28, 2013
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT), one of the world’s most
prominent academic institutions for entertainment and performing arts
education, announced today the honorees for its 22nd Annual Film Festival.
Award® nominee Shane Acker,
’98, ’04, will be honored with the Crystal Anvil Award on Saturday, June 8 at the
James Bridges Theater during the Festival of Animation. Acker, whose first
feature length animated production, “9,” was based on his thesis film and Oscar-nominated
short of the same name, will next direct Reel FX’s animated feature “Beasts of
Burden,” based on the Dark Horse Comic.
Academy Award winner Ben Affleck
will collect the Filmmaker of the Year Award during the Directors Spotlight on
Thursday, June 13 at the Directors Guild of America Theater. In
February, “Argo,” in which Affleck starred, directed and produced, was honored
with the Academy Award for best picture at the 85th Academy Awards.
He received his first Oscar in 1997 for his original screenplay “Good Will
Hunting,” which he co-wrote with Matt Damon, and made his directorial debut with
“Gone Baby Gone” in 2007. His second effort was “The Town” in 2010. As an
actor, Affleck has appeared in 39 films, including “Armageddon,” “Shakespeare
in Love” and “Pearl Harbor.” Previous Filmmaker of the Year honorees include, Lisa
Cholodenko, Lee Daniels, alumnus Alexander Payne, Brad Silberling and alumnus Gore Verbinski, among others.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura will be given
the TFT-PGA Vision Award on Tuesday, June 11 at the Skirball Cultural Center
during the Producers Marketplace. Di Bonaventura began his career as an
executive at Warner Bros., where he was instrumental in bringing “The Matrix” and
the rights the J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books to the studio. After forming
his own production company, he produced such high-octane films as
“Transformers” and its sequels, as well as the “G.I. Joe” and “Red” franchises.
His latest film, “Jack Ryan,” starring Chris Pine and Kevin Costner, will be
released in December. Last year,
Producer Gale Anne Hurd was honored with the TFT-PGA Vision Award. Earlier
honorees include Lawrence Bender, Tom
Cruise and Paula Wagner, Hawk Koch, Mike Medavoy and Cathy Schulman.
Two-time Academy Award-nominee David Magee will receive the Excellence in
Screenwriting Award on Monday, June 10 at the Writers Guild of
America Theater. Earlier this year,
Magee was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay adaptation of Ang
Lee’s “Life of Pi,” which was based on Yann Martel’s critically acclaimed book.
Magee was previously nominated for his adapted screenplay “Finding Neverland”
and co-wrote “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” with Simon Beaufoy.
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television also celebrates the outstanding
achievements of its students throughout the weeklong film festival. During the Screenwriters Showcase, portions of
eight scripts, selected by a committee of 215 industry professionals, will be
previewed in five-minute staged excerpts. The Producers Marketplace features four graduate students from the
Producers Program who present their projects in five-minute concept pitches to
the industry judges. The judges will select the most promising proposal and the
audience will also select its favorite pitch. The Directors Spotlight showcases 10 films that have been chosen by
TFT students and a Blue Ribbon Jury of industry professionals to receive a
coveted Spotlight Award. Design Showcase
West exhibits students’ innovative costume, scenic and lighting designs on
the Freud Playhouse Stage at UCLA.
Annual Film Festival at a Glance:
Friday, June 7: Opening Night, 7:30 p.m., James
Bridges Theater, UCSaturday, June 8: Festival of Animation, 5:00 p.m.,
6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., Crystal Anvil Award presentation to Shane Acker, James
Bridges Theater, UCLA
Saturday, June 8: Design Showcase West, 10 a.m.
(invitation only), 2 p.m. (public review session) Freud Playhouse Stage, UCLA
Sunday, June 9: New Works Program, 12:30 p.m., 4:00
p.m., 7:00 p.m., James Bridges Theater
Monday, June 10: Screenwriters Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Excellence
in Screenwriting Award presentation to David Magee, Writers Guild Theater,
Tuesday, June 11: Producers Marketplace, 7:30 p.m., TFT-PGA
Vision Award presentation to Lorenzo Di Bonaventura at the Skirball Cultural
Wednesday, June 12: TV Night, 7:30 p.m., James Bridges
Thursday, June 13: Directors Spotlight, 7:30 p.m., Filmmaker
of the Year Award presentation to Ben Affleck, Directors Guild of America
Theater, Los Angeles
About UCLA School of Theater, Film and
vision of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is to serve as a
premier global interdisciplinary professional school that develops outstanding
humanistic storytellers, industry leaders and scholars whose diverse,
innovative voices enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world.
Consistently ranked as one of the top elite entertainment and performing arts
institutions in the world, TFT offers an innovative curriculum that integrates
the study and creation of live performance, film, television and the digital
arts. Our distinguished graduate and undergraduate programs include acting,
directing, writing, producing, animation, cinematography, and lighting design,
set design, costume design, sound design, Moving Image Archive Studies, and offers
PhDs in Theater and Performance Studies and Cinema & Media Studies. For
more information, visit www.tft.ucla.edu.