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Seneca faculty members contribute to Oscar-nominated film for second year in a row

Toronto, January 23, 2013 – For the second year in a row, Seneca professors and graduates have worked on films nominated for Academy Awards.

Graduates and faculty from the Visual Effects for Film and Television (VFT) and Animation (ANI) programs worked on three of the five nominated films that will be vying to win Oscar gold for Achievement in Visual Effects.

One of the films nominated this year is Snow White and the Huntsmen featuring the artistry of Seneca professors Mahmoud Rahnama and Kenny Tam. Last year, the film featuring Rahnama and Tam’s work -- Martin Scorsese’s 3D film Hugo -- won the Oscar for best visual effects.

“We’re very proud to have the talents and impressive work of Seneca faculty and graduates featured in films recognized as being worthy of an Oscar,” said David Agnew, Seneca President. “To have some of our professors receive this recognition for the second year in a row makes it that much more impressive.”

Last year, every film nominated in this category featured work by a Seneca faculty member or graduate. In 2005, Ryan, a ground-breaking computer animated film, produced by Copper Heart Entertainment and the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada in association with Seneca College was awarded the Oscar for Best Short Film - Animated.

Seneca’s School of Creative Arts and Animation is ranked among Canada’s top training programs for animation and special effects, and has been at the forefront of developing Canadian talent for more than a decade.

With campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas and certificates renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Combining the highest academic standards with practical, hands-on learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensures Seneca graduates are career-ready.

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