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‘Mausie and The Order of the Golden Sun’ Tops SVA’s 27th Dusty Awards

SVA students Hsuan Ho and Silver Paul awarded for outstanding animated film for ‘Mausie and The Order of the Golden Sun’; Montana Hall receives award for outstanding achievement in character animation, and Ivan Viaranchyk is awarded for outstanding achievement in animation production design.

The winners of the 27th Dusty Film & Animation Festival, held Tuesday night at the SVA Theatre in New York City, have been announced.

Highlighting the work of more than 100 filmmakers and animators graduating from the BFA Film and BFA Animation departments in 2016, the award for outstanding animated film was given to Hsuan Ho and Silver Paul for Mausie and The Order of the Golden Sun. The award for outstanding achievement in character animation was given to Montana Hall for Monster, while the award for outstanding achievement in animation production design went to Ivan Viaranchyk, for Night Shadows.

The full list of winners at the 27th Dusty Film & Animation Festival is shown below:


  • Outstanding Animated Film: Hsuan Ho and Silver Paul, Mausie and The Order of the Golden Sun
  • Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation: Montana Hall, Monster
  • Outstanding Achievement in Animation Production Design: Ivan Viaranchyk, Night Shadows
  • Special Jury Award for Comedy in Animation: Kristina Martin, Sprigs and Parsley in: Coffee Table


Outstanding Film: Aurora Alänge, Syskon

Outstanding Achievement in Directing: Kishan Savjani, Rubaroo

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Anthony Carella, Syskon

Outstanding Achievement in Editing: Erin DeWitt and Tobias Belliard, Apocalypse Mambo

Outstanding Documentary: Juana Hodari, Tomasa

Gotham Sound Grant Recipient: Ashley Avila

New York Women in Film & Television Award: Maya Cozier

IFP Award Recipients: Enrico Granato and Luigi Rossi,

Human Spirit Award Recipient: Philippa Fort, Pippa


Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting: Evan DeCarlo, Marry Me on Mulberry Mountain

Hosted by media personality Valerie Smaldone, the 27th Dusty presenters included notables from the world of film, television and animation, including Josh Singer, Trudie Styler, Mark Osborne, Chris Newman, Laurens Grant, Ti West, Michael Simmonds, Howard Beckerman, Tom Sito, Mark Ulano, Aaron Yanes and Neil Burger.

“We are excited to celebrate the successes of our students with many guests from the worlds of film and animation,” said Reeves Lehmann, chair of the BFA Film and BFA Animation programs at the School of Visual Arts. Annie Flocco, producer/director of SVA’s 27th Dusty Awards, added, “We’d also like to extend a big thank you to our many generous sponsors and supporters, some of whom have been with us for many years, and to the spectacular SVA Theatre crew for collaborating on another year of stellar events.”

Headlining sponsors included AbelCine, Adorama Rental Co, Animation Magazine, B&H Photo, Bryan Singer -- Bad Hat Harry, Carlos Saldanha -- BottleCap Productions, Dig It Audio, Randall Emmett -- Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Foto Care, Gotham Sound, IFP, New York Women in Film & Television, Nice Shoes Creative Studio, Nickelodeon, Rota6, SCS Agency, the SVA Campus Store, Technicolor PostWorks New York and Toon Boom Animation. One hundred percent of the sponsors’ donations will benefit thesis film and animation students in the form of grants and in-kind awards.

Source: Dusty Film & Animation Festival

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.