Student Short Animated Films Awarded Prestigious Telly Awards

By | March 8, 2022

Gatto, Deer and Roberts, March 2022

Three Daemen students from the Class of 2020 won Telly Awards – a prestigious industry honor – for films they created while seniors in the college’s animation program. 

“It is an indication of how good their films were and how talented these filmmakers are,” said Mike Jones, director of animation and assistant professor of animation at Daemen. “Their level of quality matched the level of professionals in the field.”

The Telly Awards annually  honor video and television work of all screen formats and receive more than 12,000 entries from around the world.

Still from “Eye of the Terrier”

Jones said, “Having three of our seniors win the prestigious Telly Award indicates that the animation program is a rising star in the firmament of academia.”

The Telly Awards are judged by more than 200 working professionals in the industry who have demonstrable expertise in the categories they review. 

Trio of awardees

Jack Gatto ’20 was chosen as a silver winner for his film titled, “Hobros: Train of Pain.” Gatto is currently working for YouTubers. One of the Youtube films he worked on was the No. 1 trending video the first week of June 2021.

Still from “Hobros: Train of Pain”

Austin Deer ’20 is a bronze 2021 Telly Award winner for his submitted film titled, “Jumbo.” Deer currently works for Mattel.

Also a bronze winner is Geoff Roberts ’20 for his film titled, “The Eye of the Terrier.” Roberts is currently working on a two-part animated short. The first part of the short was released last year and was chosen as “pick of the day” on the popular animation industry website, Cartoon Brew.

All three of their senior films were accepted into multiple film festivals, winning additional awards.

Still from “Jumbo”

Additionally, the film they made after graduation called, “The Purple Impostor” has over 8.3 million views on Youtube.

“I am extremely proud of these students and cannot wait to see the amazing things they will continue to accomplish,” said Jones.