Film by Silva Honored at Annual Humboldt International Film Festival

Thursday, May 07, 2015

CyberGenesis, a short experimental film by UNCW assistant professor of film studies André Silva, recently won the Pablo Koontz Experimental Award for Best Experimental Technique in a Film at the 48th Annual Humboldt International Film Festival.

Created in 1967 by two Humboldt State University students who wanted a platform where they could display their own films, the Humboldt International Film Festival is the longest-running international student film festival in the world.

CyberGenesis previously won the Jury's Stellar Award for Experimental, the highest award in its category, at the 34th annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival.

Additionally, Silva directed a workshop at the 53rd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival on creative crowdsourcing that featured CyberGenesis. The film has been selected for five additional film festivals, including the prestigious Atlanta Film Festival, where it was one of the 200 (among 3500 submissions) accepted and the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, where it was one of the few films selected in the early decision round.

The crowd-sourced animated film originated in Silva’s directed production seminar course.