Graduate’s film featured in New York festival

HUNTINGTON, Ind. The Eighth Annual Animation Block Party festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., accepted Huntington University animation graduate Brett Swanson's short animated film, "Flora," into the festival, which is to take place July 29-31 at Rooftop Films and BAMcinématek.

The Animation Block Party is the largest animation film festival on the East Coast. It is dedicated to screening the world's best professional, student and independent work of all genres. "Flora" was selected as one of the top 100 films to be featured during the festival out of more than 650 other submitted films.

The film is about a young girl who sets out to decorate her bedroom with origami flowers. However, she is in for a surprise when the room begins to take on a life of its own and transforms into a beautiful garden.

"It is exciting to have my film in a festival and crazy to think about how many people will get to see it," Swanson said. "I put so much of my time and energy into this project, and getting it into a festival is a reminder that all of the stress and long hours were worth it."

Swanson, of Lumsden, Saskatchewan, Canada, is a 2011 animation graduate of the digital media arts program.