Kinematifest: Annual Animation Festival Puts Spotlight on Webster Program

| April 11, 2013
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Kinematifest “has truly become an international festival,” says Webster animation professor Chris Sagovac. “We’ll be showing work from not only here at Webster University but also students from Australia, Croatia, Vienna and even the Czech Republic.”

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Bend-Latham: “Producing Kinematifest was one of the most difficult and most rewarding experiences of my Webster University career.”

When the sixth annual Kinematifest opens its doors on April 19, it will be more than just a small indie festival where college students show their homemade animation. Instead, it will be a chance for the community to see the next wave of animation, and for the students to jump-start their careers.

Just ask Leah Bend-Latham, a 2010 graduate of Webster’s animation program in the School of Communications and one of the founders of Kinematifest. Bend-Latham, who currently is working as an Editorial Production Coordinator for the upcoming Disney animated feature, “Frozen,” credits her work on the Webster festival with helping her career take off.

“Animation is hot, video games are hot and comic books are hot,” said Chris Sagovac, assistant professor and animation program facilitator. “Everything we do in the animation program contributes to those industries and no one else in the region can compete.”

Read Bend-Latham’s story and more about Kinematifest and Webster’s animation program at webster.edu.

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