Students Receive Film Award at Windrider Summit During Sundance Film Festival
Three senior animation majors in the School of Visual Art and Design at Southern Adventist University received the “Best Undergraduate Student Film Award” during the Windrider Summit & the Sundance Film Festival Experience 2022. The Windrider Summit, which was held virtually this year, is an official partner of the Sundance Institute. Christian students and leaders from around the world come together for screenings and thoughtful conversations around faith and film.
Mugi Kinoshita, Avery Kroll, and Ruth Perez were recognized for their short animated film “Knock Knock,” which they created during the 2020-2021 school year. It tells the story of two masked elementary students who communicate by knocking on the plexiglass that divides them and writing sticky notes to each other.
The film previously won “Best Animated Short,” “Best in Festival,” and “Audience Choice Award” at the 2021 Sonscreen Film Festival, an annual event for Christian filmmakers.
“We wanted to find a way to show that there can be a connection even when there are certain limitations,” Perez said. “I know the connections I’ve made here at Southern will play a major part in my future goals.”
To view “Knock Knock” and other student projects, visit southern.edu/animationshowcase.
Southern Adventist University | March 2022