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“I just wanted to say thank you for all of your generosity and endowing me with such a fantastic award. It truly was a surprise and I was and still am completely shocked by your generosity. I am very thankful for the recognition and the thoughtfulness.”

 — Erica Liu, 2015 Awardee

“I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for awarding me the James Richard Janowsky Award! …With your generous support, I feel even more hopeful to keep pushing to keep drawing and telling stories… to keep inspiring and entertaining others the way I originally sought out to do! Thank you!”

 — Demi Chen, 2014 Awardee

“Let me start off with the first of many, many deepest, from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU’S. Jane from the Alumni Affairs office informed me that I had won the James Richard Janowsky Award, and I truly can not put into words how honored and appreciative I am to receive it!”

— Ben Federman, 2013 Awardee

“Hearing positive feedback like your kind words and receiving this generous award gives me a huge push to continue to work hard at my craft. Thank you for believing in my work. It means a lot to me.”

— Kate Tsang, 2014 Awardee

“Thank you so much for your generous award! I am really touched and encouraged by your letter, especially your insightful metaphorical angle about Outpost. I am so glad that you liked it. One rarely gets to hear what people think of our student films, much less one that’s so eloquent!”

— Shiva Bajpai, 2013 Awardee

“Thank you for your words and the attention you took at watching my film. Your letter filled me with great energy and reminded me of the reason it is so important for me to keep making movies. The creation process and what follows isn’t always easy, and I am very grateful for receiving a bit of light along the way.”

— Melanie Delloye, 2013 Awardee

“I am thrilled you liked my movie! Not only am I grateful for the award, but truly touched by your gesture to help young filmmakers such as myself. It is as you said today at the screening how difficult it is to receive support making these independent/short films, and to receive support from someone who does not even know me really means a lot.”

— Bruce Li, 2013 Awardee

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“I just wanted to say thank you for all of your generosity and endowing me with such a fantastic award. It truly was a surprise and I was and still am completely shocked by your generosity. I am very thankful for the recognition and the thoughtfulness.”

 — Erica Liu, 2015 Awardee

“I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for awarding me the James Richard Janowsky Award! …With your generous support, I feel even more hopeful to keep pushing to keep drawing and telling stories… to keep inspiring and entertaining others the way I originally sought out to do! Thank you!”

 — Demi Chen, 2014 Awardee

“Let me start off with the first of many, many deepest, from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU’S. Jane from the Alumni Affairs office informed me that I had won the James Richard Janowsky Award, and I truly can not put into words how honored and appreciative I am to receive it!”

— Ben Federman, 2013 Awardee

“Hearing positive feedback like your kind words and receiving this generous award gives me a huge push to continue to work hard at my craft. Thank you for believing in my work. It means a lot to me.”

— Kate Tsang, 2014 Awardee

“Thank you so much for your generous award! I am really touched and encouraged by your letter, especially your insightful metaphorical angle about Outpost. I am so glad that you liked it. One rarely gets to hear what people think of our student films, much less one that’s so eloquent!”

— Shiva Bajpai, 2013 Awardee

“Thank you for your words and the attention you took at watching my film. Your letter filled me with great energy and reminded me of the reason it is so important for me to keep making movies. The creation process and what follows isn’t always easy, and I am very grateful for receiving a bit of light along the way.”

— Melanie Delloye, 2013 Awardee

“I am thrilled you liked my movie! Not only am I grateful for the award, but truly touched by your gesture to help young filmmakers such as myself. It is as you said today at the screening how difficult it is to receive support making these independent/short films, and to receive support from someone who does not even know me really means a lot.”

— Bruce Li, 2013 Awardee

About

In December 2012 I established the James Richard Janowsky Awards at the School of Visual Arts, New York University, and Columbia University. Each fund is a bit different: At SVA it is to help a film student with production costs; Columbia University it is to award graduate students concentrating in screenwriting; and at NYU I view completed short films and then determine which students will be awarded.


Regarding the name of the award, I decided to use my middle name because it is my father's name, and I wanted my Dad to be there with me as we support student filmmakers the same way he supported me when I attended Columbia University’s graduate film program.

Support

As a former film student that incurred a large amount of student loan debt, I realize how stifling the burden of debt can be to a creative person. So I established the James Richard Janowsky Awards to help student filmmakers monetarily. But what I was surprised to learn is that the simple act of awarding a student for their work is encouragement and motivation in itself--just read the quotes above.


I am proud to support student filmmakers. My hope is that in the future that each fund will grow, and the JRJ Awards can impact more students. If you are interested in helping me, and would like to make a donation to one of the James Richard Janowsky funds at SVA, NYU and/or Columbia, please email me at info@jrjawards.com and I’ll respond with instructions. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

 

2015 Awardees

Ed Barnes

Born and raised in London, Ed Barnes originally discovered a passion for dramatic storytelling when acting and directing for the theater. After graduating from Manchester with First Class Honors in Psychology, Ed shifted his attention towards film as his chosen medium. Now based in New York, and a recent Graduate of the NYU Graduate Film Program, Ed continues to write and direct his own films whilst also working  READ MORE

Born and raised in London, Ed Barnes originally discovered a passion for dramatic storytelling when acting and directing for the theater. After graduating from Manchester with First Class Honors in Psychology, Ed shifted his attention towards film as his chosen medium. Now based in New York, and a recent Graduate of the NYU Graduate Film Program, Ed continues to write and direct his own films whilst also working as a cinematographer and editor. To date, Ed has shot dozens of short films, commercials, music videos and documentaries, including the award winning web series F to 7th, and was a recent finalist for the Arri Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematography. In 2012 Ed was hired as the new editing instructor for NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts summer high school program.

Jon Branden

Jon Branden is a filmmaker from Woodbridge, CT. He currently attends Columbia University, where he is earning an MFA in screenwriting and directing, with an eye towards writing and directing dark comedies and dramas after graduation. Before attending Columbia, Jon worked on all levels at numerous production companies, including Jesse Dylan’s Wondros (Los Angeles), Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux’s Autochenille (Paris), and Ubisoft Motion Pictures (Paris). He graduated from Macalester College in 2011, with degrees in Critical Media Studies and French and Francophone Studies. When he’s not making or watching movies, Jon enjoys skiing, backpacking, traveling, and playing music.

Gregorio Franchetti

Gregorio Franchetti is a filmmaker from Rome. After earning a Bsc in Economics from SOAS, University of London, he worked in the camera department for several independent film sets, including those of directors Guy Maddin and Noah Baumbach. He then collaborated with Isabella Rossellini as a co-director for her web-series “Mammas”, produced by Arte TV and the Sundance Channel, presented at the Berlinale in 2013. Gregorio is currently  READ MORE

Gregorio Franchetti is a filmmaker from Rome. After earning a Bsc in Economics from SOAS, University of London, he worked in the camera department for several independent film sets, including those of directors Guy Maddin and Noah Baumbach. He then collaborated with Isabella Rossellini as a co-director for her web-series “Mammas”, produced by Arte TV and the Sundance Channel, presented at the Berlinale in 2013. Gregorio is currently pursuing his career as a film director in New York, where he is completing his MFA in directing at Columbia University. His latest short film “LA SOSTA (Layover)”, shot in Rome, is now in the final stage of post-production. Gregorio’s first feature-length screenplay “Moonlight Reporters”, a road movie set in Italy, has been selected by the Mediterranean Film Institute for the 2015 MFI Screenwriting Lab.

Irisa Hou

Irisa Hou is an animator, designer, and puppet maker living in Los Angeles, California. She recently received her BFA in Film and Television from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her award winning animation, BUNNY BIZNESS, is currently being entered to screen at festivals.

Irisa Hou is an animator, designer, and puppet maker living in Los Angeles, California. She recently received her BFA in Film and Television from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her award winning animation, BUNNY BIZNESS, is currently being entered to screen at festivals.

Erica Liu

Erica Liu is an artist, filmmaker, and “MythBusters” connoisseur. She is based in New York City, but grew up in the small town of Somers, New York. She currently attends New York University and is pursuing a BFA degree in Film and Television with a concentration in animation and a minor in Game Design. Erica helped develop the VEVO OFFICIAL AVICII music video, animated bumpers on YouTube, and  READ MORE

Erica Liu is an artist, filmmaker, and “MythBusters” connoisseur. She is based in New York City, but grew up in the small town of Somers, New York. She currently attends New York University and is pursuing a BFA degree in Film and Television with a concentration in animation and a minor in Game Design. Erica helped develop the VEVO OFFICIAL AVICII music video, animated bumpers on YouTube, and created an animated promo on BBC America during the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary marathon while interning for Frederator Studios located in New York City. She was also hired to create a short animated clip for a documentary that aired on National Geographic. Her stop-motion short animation, BRISTLES, was a top three finalist at the Fusion Film Festival and was awarded a 2015 James Richard Janowsky Award.

Kahlil Maskati

Kahlil Maskati is a 2015 graduate of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts—Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. His short film, EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS, won the 2014 Oliver Stone Screenwriting Award and has been selected into several festivals. In 2012, Maskati was chosen among tri-state area film students to interview Peter Jackson as part of mtvU’s #ASK web series. He was cast to  READ MORE

Kahlil Maskati is a 2015 graduate of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts—Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. His short film, EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS, won the 2014 Oliver Stone Screenwriting Award and has been selected into several festivals. In 2012, Maskati was chosen among tri-state area film students to interview Peter Jackson as part of mtvU’s #ASK web series. He was cast to voice act alongside Whoopi Goldberg in her YouTube web series, “Can of Whoop Cartoons,” which premiered online in 2014. His animation, SECRET AGENT DANNY JUMBALAYA, was selected to the Spring 2015 NYU Animation Showcase and won the James Richard Janowsky Award. Based in New York City, Maskati is a passionate screenwriter, director, and animator with a child-like imagination and a focus in comedy.

Rory Pfotenhauer

Rory Pfotenhauer is a New York City based filmmaker from the high desert of southwest Colorado. He is a recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts film program.

Rory Pfotenhauer is a New York City based filmmaker from the high desert of southwest Colorado. He is a recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts film program.

Eli Shapiro

Eli Shapiro is a writer, director, comedian, and person. He graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in film and television, where his comedy film THAT FRIEND YOU HATE was a Wasserman Finalist and won Craft Awards in Screenwriting, Ensemble Acting, and Editing. Eli’s short film IKE INTERVIEWS GOD won First Prize and awards for Best Writing and Best Acting at NYU’s New Visions and Voices Festival.

As  READ MORE

Eli Shapiro is a writer, director, comedian, and person. He graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in film and television, where his comedy film THAT FRIEND YOU HATE was a Wasserman Finalist and won Craft Awards in Screenwriting, Ensemble Acting, and Editing. Eli’s short film IKE INTERVIEWS GOD won First Prize and awards for Best Writing and Best Acting at NYU’s New Visions and Voices Festival.

As a writer, his feature screenplay “More Than Cold Feet” was a 2014 quarterfinalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s prestigious Nicholl Fellowship, and a semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Eli’s short films have screened in cities all around–-in New York, LA, Seattle, Boston, DC, and even Rome.

Eli has worked for some of his favorite people-–in production on feature films, such as THEY CAME TOGETHER starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler and THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE starring Morgan Freeman; TV shows, like “Louie” on FX; in development at Scott Rudin Productions and Unique Features; and talent management at Lasher Group.

A New Jersey native, Eli does a pretty good Woody Allen impression, and can be seen performing stand-up around NYC.

Kirsten Tan

A versatile filmmaker with a penchant for bold visual storytelling, Kirsten Tan’s works traverse a range of genres, but are consistent in their humanity and off-beat humor. Being a bit of an adventurer, she was raised in Singapore but has lived in South Korea and Thailand before coming to NYC, where she graduated from the Master’s in Film Production program at NYU. There she was honored to receive  READ MORE

A versatile filmmaker with a penchant for bold visual storytelling, Kirsten Tan’s works traverse a range of genres, but are consistent in their humanity and off-beat humor. Being a bit of an adventurer, she was raised in Singapore but has lived in South Korea and Thailand before coming to NYC, where she graduated from the Master’s in Film Production program at NYU. There she was honored to receive the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts Fellowship.

Her works have screened in over 50 international film festivals, including Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Busan International Film Festival and MoMA, NYC.

Her upcoming feature film, POPEYE, participated in the Berlinale Talents script station and was awarded the top production prize at the Torino Film Lab. POPEYE is also one of 15 by invitation projects to be showcased in the distinguished Cannes Film Festival’s L’Atelier, which highlights the world’s up-and-coming talents.

Aidan Terry

Aidan Terry is an animator and filmmaker currently living in New York City, where he is continuing his education as a senior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a major in Film and Television. He is also working to complete his untitled Advanced Animation film, which is projected to be finished by the Fall of 2015. Aidan’s artwork can be viewed at www.aidanterry.com.

Aidan Terry is an animator and filmmaker currently living in New York City, where he is continuing his education as a senior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a major in Film and Television. He is also working to complete his untitled Advanced Animation film, which is projected to be finished by the Fall of 2015. Aidan’s artwork can be viewed at www.aidanterry.com.