NYIT Animation & Film Festival


NYIT Animation & Film Festival

May 16, 2017
6:00 PM  – 8:30 PM, NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
New York, NY

Join us at the annual NYIT Animation and Film Festival,Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. The festival will screen animations, motion graphic pieces, films, and documentary shorts created by NYIT students, alumni, and faculty members from the departments of Digital Art and Design and Communication Arts at our Manhattan, Old Westbury, and Beijing campuses. The festival is judged by industry guests from the animation and film industry with cash prizes awarded to the winners! This event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

The event will be followed by a reception with refreshments. Invite friends, family, and colleagues. This event is open to the public and free for the NYIT community.


Current NIYT Digital Art and Design and Communication Arts students, alumni, faculty, and staff in New York and Beijing are invited to submit finished time-based artworks, including- 2-D/3-D, stop motion, and motion graphics animations, video, and film for consideration for inclusion in the 2017 NYIT Animation and Film Festival.

Submissions must be:

  • Five minutes or less in length.
  • Exported as an HD .mp4/H.264 codec (minimum dimensions HD 720).
  • Submitted via Google Drive or WeTransfer to Yuko Oda at yoda@nyit.edu(Digital Art and Design) or Paul Demonte at pdemonte@nyit.edu (Communication Arts).

Submission Deadline: May 9 at midnight (New York Eastern Standard Time).

Questions? Please contact Yuko Oda at yoda@nyit.eduor Paul Demonte at pdemonte@nyit.edu.

Festival Jury

Theerawat Khajornkhanphet, or TK is currently a 3-D artist and animator in New York City. He has worked as a graphic designer, assistant art director, and copywriter for seven years. During his four years as copywriter and assistant art director, TK and his team gained much recognition, including winning second prize for the “Double A Paper Campaign” in 2007 in Thailand, and Trophy Winner from Trans World Advertising Agency Network (TAAN) / Rome, Italy in 2010.


In 2008, TK moved to New York City to study for his master’s degree in 3-D animation and graphics at New York Institute of Technology. His 2-D and 3-D animations have been shown in many animation festivals and exhibitions, including the ARS Independent Festival 2013 in Katowice, Poland and the MetroCAF Animation Festival 2014 in New York City. TK won the Best of Show Award from the NYIT Film & Animation Festival in 2014.

After graduating from NYIT in 2014, TK worked at UVPHACTORY in a junior designer position, working on commercials for Pizza Hut, Syfy-Sonic, among others. He was also a 2-D animator and 3-D modeler in the EXPO Milano 2015: USA Pavilion 'Great American Foodscape.' TK is now a 3-D animator and graphic designer at FloorplanGRP, leading a team that creates 2-D and 3-D visualizations for real estate and paint ads, and graphic designs for animations.

Yuliya Lanina is a Russian-born American multimedia artist. Her paintings, animations, interactive sculptures, and performances portray alternate realities that fuse fantasy, femininity, and humor. Lanina’s works have been widely exhibited in such museums and institutions as the Seoul Art Museum, Korea; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia; Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany; Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, TX; and Galapagos Art Center, Brooklyn, NY.


Her multimedia works and performances have awarded her invitations to many art fairs, as well as to the SIGGRAPH Asia (Japan); 798 Beijing Biennial (China); Seoul International Media Art Biennial (Korea); KunstFilm Bienalle (Germany), Fusebox (Texas) and the Creative Tech Week (New York City). Her work has been featured in Brooklyn Rail, Houston Press, Glasstire, Art Review, Wagmag, Bloomberg News, Austin-American Statesman, Australian Art Review, NYArts Magazine, ART on AIR.com/MOMA, PS 1, and Bejing Today, and can be found in several national and international private and corporate collections. Revolt Magazine chose Lanina as one of their top ten New York City artists of 2013.

Lanina’s collaborative projects have been performed at the New Museum (New York), Edinburgh Fringe (Scotland), the Ailey Citigroup Theater (New York), National Museum the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (Lithuania), National Sawdust (Brooklyn, NY), the Peridance Capezio Center (New York).

Lanina's honors include fellowships and scholarships from Headlands Art Center (California), Yadoo (New York), Marble House Project (Vermont), CORE Cultural Funding Program (Austin); ArtSprinter (New York), BluePrint/COJECO (New York), and TEMPO (Texas), and an honorable citation from New York State Assembly.

Lanina holds M.F.A. in Combined Media from Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY and a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Purchase College, SUNY.

Josh Planz was born and raised in East Hampton, New York. At an early age, Josh took advantage of all the benefits of a community rich in art with the help of his grandfather Allen Planz, a world-renowned poet. His mother helped shape his tendency for theatrics with an early acting career, including his induction into the Screen Actors Guild at the age of 7 and long list of theater and commercial work.  


Flash forward, Josh received his M.F.A. in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts in 2013, and has had his work featured in many publications such as the Creators Project, Sploid, and Cartoon Brew, and presented at Siggraph Asia and Slamdance. Josh now freelances at various studios around New York and teaches 3-D animation at the School of Visual Arts. He still makes sure to find time to work on passion projects and collaborative work.