Oldest U.S. Film Festival Gets New Name: Columbus International Film & Animation Festival

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COLUMBUS, Ohio —  The oldest film festival in the United States is getting a new name: the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival.

The festival presented by Columbus College of Art & Design was previously known as the Columbus International Film + Video Festival.

The name change reflects a move to expand the animation screenings at the annual event.

“Animation is a booming industry — both in Columbus and around the world,” said Jeremy Henthorn, Executive Director of the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival. “And CCAD has an incredibly robust Animation program, so it seemed like the perfect combination.”

Animation is not new to the festival, which has long showcased family-friendly cartoons in its annual program called Saturday Morning Cartoons From Around the World.

But the 2018 Columbus International Film & Animation Festival — coming March 22– 24 —  will include experimental animation and animation geared toward adults.

“Animation is for everyone — and always has been,” said Charlotte Belland, Chair of CCAD’s Animation program. “There are so many incredible animated pieces that appeal to adults, from the 1926 film The Adventures of Prince Achmed by Lotte Reiniger to the Oscar-nominated 2016 film The Red Turtle by Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki.”

As part of the expanded animation programming, the festival will partner with CCAD grad Sarah Schmidt (Animation, 2014) to present a specially curated Malt Adult screening.

Starting in 2018, the festival will also highlight motion graphics. And the festival will add a category for Ohio filmmakers (meaning filmmakers who either shot a film in Ohio or are from Ohio).


ABOUT COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL
Founded in 1952, the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival is the oldest film festival in the United States. Presented by Columbus College of Art & Design, the festival showcases world-class independent films in central Ohio. For more information, visit columbusfilmfestival.org.


ABOUT COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN
Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 undergraduate majors and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit ccad.edu.


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