Silva’s CyberGenesis Takes Highest Award at Annual Black Maria Film Festival

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CyberGenesis, a film by UNCW faculty member Andre Silva, has won the Jury's Stellar Award for Experimental at the 34th annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival.

"Jury's Stellar" is the highest award given in each category (narrative, documentary, animation and experimental).

The Black Maria festival exhibits the work of diverse, non-commercial film and video makers, focusing on short films that address issues and struggles within contemporary society. It is named after the world's first motion picture studio built by Thomas Edison, where he made all of his own short experimental films.

CyberGenesis is a crowd-sourced animated film that originated in Silva’s directed production seminar course. In addition to screening at the festival, the film will be screened in venues such as the Hoboken Historical Museum in New Jersey, the Edison-Ford Winter Estates in Florida, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and more.