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Villa Maria College Sponsors Squeaky Wheel’s 18th Animation Fest

By September 3, 2021Animation

Squeaky Wheel’s 18th Animation Fest takes place tonight, Friday, September 3, and Villa Maria College is the presenting sponsor of the event.  

This year’s Animation Fest is an outdoor drive-in and sit-down screening at the Albright-Knox Northland in Buffalo, NY. The event is a dazzling showcase of artist-made animations, from the hand-drawn to stop-motion to 3D modeling, and more. Animation Fest will be live streamed simultaneously for anyone unable to attend the in-person event, 

The 18th Animation Fest features films by Abby Castillo, Becky Brown, Benjamin Rosenthal and Eric Souther, Emma Geiger, Gabriella Mykal, Hanlin Wang, Lydia Moyer, Petra Zlonoga, S4RA, Terrance Houle & Neko Wong-Houle. This year’s event welcomes back curator Tabia Lewis who will provide a special remote introduction to the event.  

A post-screening Q&A with the curator and filmmakers will take place on Google Docs after the screening.

To learn more about Animation Fest, visit

Villa Maria’s Animation Program continues to be one of the College’s most popular academic programs.  

The dynamic program was designed for students who are interested in learning to creatively communicate through the art of animation within the framework of motion-picture filmmaking, gaming, visualization as well as interactive media.  

Whether students want to start their career locally or work in a large metropolitan city, the real-world skills and experience that students gain in the Villa Maria College Animation program will prepare them well. Students will learn to work with traditional media such as pencil and paper, as well as industry standard 2D and 3D computer animation and graphics software.  

This is an intensive, hands-on program where students will be introduced to all of the processes involved in the animation production pipeline, from initial script to character design and modeling to animation and final editing. At the end of the sophomore year, students will then take part in a review, where faculty will guide each student in choosing a specialization which will be explored and built upon in the junior and senior years. 

 Students will choose from one of three areas of specializations, allowing them to develop their personal artistic vision and focus their skills in a particular area. The three specializations are Pre-Production, Production, and Post Production. Within Pre-Production, students may focus on areas such as storyboarding, character design, or set design.  

Within Production, students may focus on areas such as 3D modeling, 2D/3D animation or rigging. Within Post-Production, students may focus on areas such as lighting or compositing. Experienced in the animation industry, our skilled and qualified faculty includes working professionals. Small class sizes mean individual attention. Students are encouraged to be openly creative and engage in friendly competition and sharing, building a richer, more successful individual. 

To view some of the work created by Villa Maria’s Animation students, visit