In Awards and Achievements, Department of Design, Department of Theatre and Media Arts

Streaming site Miniflix highlighted BYU’s achievements in animation

BYU was recently recognized as a top school for student filmmaking by Miniflix, a nationally recognized streaming site for award-winning short films. The ranking of 15 schools was also shared by Medium, a popular online publishing platform.

Wesley Tippets and Daniel Clark at the Student Academy Awards (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The distinction was awarded to BYU primarily because of the university’s performance in the annual Student Academy Awards. BYU has taken home three awards in the last decade, all in the animation category. The most recent win for the Center for Animation came from “Owned,” a short film by Wesley Tippets and Daniel Clark.

“It’s always a blessing to see the work and dedication of our students paying off,” said animation and media arts professor Kelly Loosli. “Being noted as a top program is always a huge boost to the morale of the program and hopefully works to keep our program in mind for the recruiters at the top studios. The success of our student films at both the Student Academy and Student Television Awards has been a huge part of the overall success and growth of our little program.”

“With so many programs, both nationally and internationally, teaching the same subject matter, these awards and trade articles help to validate our program as a top-tier learning and training organization,” Loosli continued. “The Student Academy Awards is a venue that validates our student filmmakers as talented creators. As our films receive this industry attention it helps to shine a light on the top talent coming out of BYU and works to further employment opportunities for our graduates.”

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