Jerusalem—The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel’s first institute of higher education, announced that two of its graduates won first place for original design in the 2016 Animation Block Party Awards. The Animation Block Party is the largest animation festival on the East Coast of the United States, dedicated to exhibiting the world’s best independent, professional and student animation.
A renowned committee evaluated numerous applicants, selected 100 participants for the festival and ultimately featured 10 productions that received awards. Among these recipients were Gal Haklay and Shulamit Tager, who are Bezalel graduates and winners of the original design category. The 2016 event marks the 13th annual celebration.
Their animated video, “Scapegoat,” features original music, well-designed animation and an empowering universal message. These students earned Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and have since become successful in their fields. Their studies at Bezalel allowed them to grow and succeed in the world of animation, and refine their artistic vision.
“We are proud of our students’ great achievements as they creatively represent the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design around the world,” said Prof. Dudu Mezach, Head of the Screen-Based Arts Department. “The successes of our students reflect their excellent work during their studies at Bezalel, and we wish them every success in their future endeavors.”
Founded in 1906, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is the birthplace of Israel’s art culture. With programs ranging across the discipline, Bezalel’s graduates influence the world through their designs utilizing the top skills instilled within them in their time at the historic art academy in Jerusalem. Bezalel offers courses in fine arts, architecture, ceramic and glass design, industrial design, jewelry and fashion design, photography, visual communication, screen-based arts, art history and art theory. For more information, please visit http://www.bezalel.ac.il/en/.