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Atascocita High School’s Advanced Animation class selected for All American High School Film Fest

Members of Atascocita High School’s Advanced Animation class have been chosen as an Official Selection in the All American High School Film Fest held in New York City. Directed by recent graduate Alexis Banda, "Parched" was 1 of 15 animation films chosen out of the thousands of films submitted from 48 states and 30 countries. The class, better known as the “Animation Federation” on campus, is led by teacher Ann Wehrman.


As an official selection, “Parched” is nominated to win one of many awards during the Film Fest’s Awards Show on October 11, including thousands of dollars in scholarships, professional editing software, on-set experiences and more. Students whose work was chosen as an Official Selection are also invited to the Film Fest with All-Access Passes, granting them access to exclusive events and seating during the Festival.


“It’s really exciting to be a part of the All American High School Film Fest,” said Banda. “The Animation Federation Class of 2014-15 put a lot of time and work into creating ‘Parched’ and we’re just happy to share it with others.”


“Parched” follows Wulf, the company intern, who goes on a journey to get the boss a cup of water. The class worked together to create the film from concept to completion.


“Alexis designed him and decided he should be a quiet intern. I demanded that he have a tie,” jokes Michael Benavides, AHS Senior. “As a class, we all just brainstormed and threw out a bunch of ideas to create it together.”


Advanced Animation courses engage students in creative digital design that opens up a lot of career opportunities. Students learn Claymation, graphic art and editing and animation techniques that translate into necessary career skills for fields such as film and tv, web and digital publishing, and video game production.


“I want to expose them to all of the opportunities animation can open up to them,” said Wehrman. “As we begin to move into world that relies upon digital publishing, animation becomes a very marketable skill to have.”


The Animation Federation is currently raising funds to send the group to the Film Festival in October. View the video and help the team reach their goal to see their work on display in New York City.