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 past 3 years of 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.

Six short films that have already garnered hundreds of acceptances and awards in film festivals around the world will be screened first.  These were created by students who earned the highly competitive Emerging Media: Character Animation BFA 

These will be followed by screenings of the thesis works from students who have earned an Animation and Visual Effects MFA This terminal degree offers students the opportunity for self-expression by creation of their own work while mastering their skills in these areas.


SVAD Character Animation’s 2021 Award Winning Films: 

  • Serpendipity 2019
  • Tiffany 2019
  • Delivery 2020
  • Stick to Manual 2020
  • Forget Me Not 2021
  • Symfaunic 2021

A discussion with the undergraduate filmmakers will follow the BFA screening.



(Note some films may not be appropriate for younger audience members)

  • Amplify by Dana Barnes
  • Rubicon by Marcos Carrasco
  • Cycles by Christina Christie *
  • Alexander by Alyssa Garoogian
  • The Storm Kirstin Hardin
  • A Bauble of Bubbles Ronald Hargrove
  • 2030 by Angela Hernandez-Carlson
  • Seeds of Doubt by Amber Hilson
  • Un-Portalable! by Ira Klages *
  • Ouroboros by Heather Knott
  • Slapper the Cat by Daniel McCabe
  • Two’s Accompany by Brian Phinn
  • Castle of Unknowing by Damian Thorn-Hauswirth *

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

*Pending Graduation by Spring 2022


Select Character Animation Shorts will be shown before various events throughout the week:

Ukelaya 2018  • Night Light  2018 •  Dreamweaver 2017 •  Cuddlefish 2017 • Farmer Glorp 2016 • The Moth Effect 2016 • Snacktime 2015 •  Enchanted Ink 2015 • Yours, Mime and Ours 2014 • Celestial 2014 • Gaiaspora 2013 • Ember 2013 • Flower Story 2012 • Box Forts 2012

The following Character Animation Shorts will be shown before this event: Ukelaya 2018, Ember 2013, and The Moth Effect 2016.

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.