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Sarah Rotella Film Selected for TIFF Student Film Showcase

May 16, 2011

Sarah Rotella Bramula

Screen capture from Sarah Rotella's Bramula.
Recent graduate Sarah Rotella, (BFA, Integrated Media, 2011) has had her film, Bramula, selected for the Eighth Annual Student Film Showcase at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The Student Film Showcase is a spotlight on Canada’s emerging film talent with a program compiled from the countless entries that were submitted by students from across the country. The event will be screened in Toronto at TIFF Bell Lightbox on May 24, and comes to Vancouver’s Pacific Cinémathèque for the first time on May 26.

“Each year we are continuously impressed by the level of artistic talent we discover through this event,” said Magali Simard, Programmer at TIFF. “These budding filmmakers deserve a platform for their cinematic achievements, and TIFF is proud to offer Canadians the opportunity to experience their outstanding work.”

Rotella’s short narrative about a cat who was once a vampire recently screened at OCAD University’s 96th Annual Graduate Exhibition, The Show Off. Bramula’s cast of latex puppets were also on display with other “behind-the-scenes” props and paraphernalia. Shot in stop-motion, the film was completed in conjunction with OCAD U’s self-directed study option through the Integrated Media Program.

“The open classes available through self-directed study allowed me to explore any avenue of filmmaking I was interested in, which led me to animation in my second year,” says Rotella. She credits her advisors, John Coull, Professor, Faculty of Art, and Wrik Mead, Instructor, Faculty of Art, with helping her get things off the ground.

“Sarah is one of our most excellent, talented students and we are very proud of her accomplishment,” says Paulette Phillips, Interim Chair of Integrated Media, adding that the department was delighted to have the opportunity to support Rotella’s artistic vision.

A two-time recipient of the William F. White Scholarship and winner of the 2010 Toronto Animated Image Society Award, Rotella earned a coveted spot in the TIFF Master Class with Tim Burton for her film, Monster in the Closet. Dedicated to the film community, Rotella’s long resumé of professional and volunteer work includes Disney, the National Film Board of Canada and the Regent Park Film Festival. Her expanding body of work has screened at numerous local and international festivals.

A jury of industry experts, including Guy Dixon of the Globe and Mail and renowned filmmaker Ruba Nadda, will select a winner from the showcase for Best Film (Live Action) and Best Film (Animation). The winners will receive a comprehensive prize package that includes a cash award of $1,000 and coveted networking opportunities with film professionals.

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