image from Roxy Smith’s “Love is Deaf” video
I didn’t even touch a computer at school until sixth grade, let alone create animation. But we’re in a different century now, and some schools — including some right here in Oakland — are teaching kids to work with the latest digital technology.
I bring this up because the annual Bay Street Animation Film Festival is coming up Oct. 25, and the submission deadline is Oct. 6 has been extended to Oct. 13. I got a kick out of last year’s winning video, Love is Deaf, by Roxy Smith.
Roxy was a junior last year at the School of the Arts in San Francisco, and she won $5,000 for the grand prize.
All middle school and high school students are eligible for the contest, which culminates in a screening at Emeryville’s AMC theaters, and there’s no entry fee. There’s more information about the festival on this Bay Street Web site.
I plan to visit one new animation program, at Claremont Middle School, next month, and I heard there’s another digital arts program at the Havenscourt campus (or another nearby school). Are there other programs out there that I should know about?