September 25, 2018

Full UAT Scholarship Awarded To Visual Effects Winner at All-American High School Film Festival

Paul DeNigris and Visual Effects Winner Robert Flummerfelt

UAT Digital Video Program Champion Paul DeNigris was in New York City last weekend for the All-American High School Film Festival. The Digital Video department partnered with the Festival to give away a full-tuition scholarship as the grand prize in the Visual Effects category.

The All-American High School Film Festival, running since 2003, receives over 2,000 film entries from 48 states and 15 countries each year, from that only 300 films are officially selected.

All-American High School Film Festival

All-American High School Film Festival

The partnership came together in a whirlwind as Professor Sharon Bolman contacted the organizers of “the world’s largest high school film festival” just days earlier. The prospect of giving away a full-tuition scholarship to a young filmmaker to study Digital Video and Visual Effects at UAT was immediately exciting to Tom Oliva, Festival Organizer, and together Paul, Sharon, and Tom pulled together the details to make the surprise award a reality.

Tom sent the Visual Effects award finalists’ films to Paul and Sharon for review and they selected “Dark Horizon,” an alien invasion film by Nevada high school junior Robert Flummerfelt. The Festival’s jury (including filmmakers Edward Burns and Morgan Spurlock) were in total agreement.

“Robert wrote and directed an alien invasion film, which ends with amazing space scene. It was just gorgeous! He’s exactly the kind of student we want to come to UAT,” said Bolman.

Robert Flummerfelt winner of the Visual Effects scholarship

Robert Flummerfelt winner of the Visual Effects scholarship

Days later Paul was on stage at the historic King’s Theater in Brooklyn, NY, at the Teen Indie Awards to announce the winner. Robert and his mom were in attendance and they were certainly surprised!

Being a junior, Robert won’t join the UATDV team until Fall 2017 most likely, though we should see him on campus for a visit before that. Based on how polished and comprehensive his VFX work was on “Dark Horizon,” we are thrilled to see where is skills are in 2 years when he gets to UAT – and where he goes from there!

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