FREE! Enjoy a series of award-winning short, animated films from students in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the School of Visual Arts and Design.

Presented by the School of Visual Arts & Design (SVAD), visitors will view student-created animated films from the Emerging Media BFA Character Animation track and the Emerging Media MFA in Animation and Visual Effects track.  This two-part event also offers a Q&A with the animators. Please note: this event contains some material not suitable for children.


  • Forget Me Not – 2021
  • Symfaunic – 2021
  • Ceramic Rabbit – 2022
  • Tippy Topper – 2022
  • Frostbyte – 2023
  • Superstitious – 2023
  • “The Making Of” Short Documentary



  • Un-Portalable – Ira Klages
  • The Chainbreaker – James Chambless
  • Cycles – Christina Christie
  • The Misadventures of Molly & Sage – Nate Shrage
  • Castle of Unknowing– Damian Thorn-Hauswirth
  • Peat & Patty – Clinnie Brinson
  • Tooth Farmer– Jamie Lachnicht
  • Inkling – Josh Cooper
  • Easy Prey – Annika Norris
  • Echo – Ana Beltran
  • Campbell & the Cryptid – Elaina Buffkin
  • Lucas’ Gift -Kevaun Gayle
  • The Spoon Theory – Sanne Methorst
  • Spaced Out – Alyssa Klapka

A discussion with the graduate school filmmakers will follow the MFA screening.


Free events at UCF Celebrates the Arts often reach reservation capacity. If you are not able to make a reservation for this event, we encourage you to join the wait line, which will start one hour prior to the event. While we cannot guarantee that everyone in the wait line will be accommodated, we will make every attempt to fill unclaimed seats.

More Information:

The Character Animation courses occur in the final two-years of the four-year Emerging Media BFA degree. It consists of a full-time series of consecutive semesters designed to prepare a cohort of students for careers in animation.  Students learn all aspects of the production process, from story creation to film completion, the tools and industry practices for computer-generated 3D animated filmmaking and the ins and outs of teamwork with opportunities for leadership amongst their peers and mentorship from the faculty. 

The Emerging Media MFA – Animation and Visual Effects is a specialized track designed to emulate both the professional and independent studio environment, Principal emphasis is placed on narrative film structure and entrepreneurial aspects of animation as related to independent filmmaking, studio employment, and job creation.

The program allows students to create their own animation and/or visual effects thesis. Students are encouraged to develop visual storytelling skills while using a variety of techniques, including traditional hand-drawn, stop-motion, 2D computer, and 3D computer animation. Graduate students have ample opportunity to experience leadership roles on undergraduate films as both Instructors and Graduate Directors. Graduates are well qualified to enter the teaching and academic professions and have a competitive edge within the animation, visual effects, and simulation industries.

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We extend particular gratitude to the staff and administration of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for their partnership over the past ten years.

Thank You to Our Supporters

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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the 
Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • The Judith and David Albertson Endowment in the Arts
  • Cartwright Family Humanities & Arts Endowment
  • Phil and Jane Easterling
  • LIFE at UCF
  • Orlando Downtown Development Board
  • OUC – The Reliable One
  • Women’s Club at UCF, Inc.

Thank You to Our Festival Partners

  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • National Young Composers Challenge
  • Orlando Family Stage
  • Orlando Shakes
  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
  • UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences
  • UCF Global Perspectives and International Initiatives
  • UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management
  • Winter Park Institute
  • WUCF