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THE UCLA SCHOOL OF THEATER, FILM AND TELEVISION’S 22ND ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL

May 28, 2013

The 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. 

Academy 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.

Two-time 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.

Producer 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.

The 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.

The 22nd 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, Beverly Hills

Tuesday, June 11: Producers Marketplace, 7:30 p.m., TFT-PGA Vision Award presentation to Lorenzo Di Bonaventura at the Skirball Cultural Center

Wednesday, June 12: TV Night, 7:30 p.m., James Bridges Theater, UCLA

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 Television

The 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.

  May 25, 2019

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