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SJSU Student Nominated for Annie Award

Finalists have been announced for the 40th Annual Annie Awards. Honoring excellence in the field of animation. The Annie Awards are the industry’s highest honor and are presented in 30 categories including best animated feature, television production(s), television commercial, short subject, video game and student film.

This year “Tule Lake” a short film written and directed by 2012 San Jose State Animation/Illustration graduate Michelle Ikemoto is among the nominees in the category of Best Student Film. Ms. Ikemoto and her classmates in SJSU’s Spring 2012 Advanced Animation class produced the film, which is based on her grandmother’s experience in the Tule Lake Relocation Center during World War II.

The other institutions with films in the running for this prestigious award are CalArts (Valencia, CA), Ringling School of Art and Design (Sarasota, Florida), USC (Los Angeles, California), The National Film and Television School (Buckinghamshire, England) and the Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, (Edinburgh, Scotland).

Ms. Ikemoto, members of her crew, and class professor David Chai will be on hand for the awards ceremony, which will take place on February 2 in UCLA’s Royce Hall, Los Angeles, California.