Art Institute to Fete Phil Roman

The Art Institute of California–San Diego will honor six-time Emmy award-winning animation producer Phil Roman with a "Lifetime of Inspiration and Achievement" award at its second annual "Bestival" Awards on Friday, Aug. 5. The awards ceremony honoring outstanding student work will be held at the school’s Mission Valley location, where special guest Shane Acker will screen his award-winning animated short, 9. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

As the founder of animation powerhouse Film Roman, Phil Roman is best known for his work on the FOX animated series The Simpsons and King of the Hill, as well as numerous Charlie Brown and Garfield primetime television specials. Other credits include Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings, Howie Mandel’s Bobby’s World and memorable commercial campaigns for such companies as Starkist Tuna and Western Airlines. For more information on Roman, go to

In addition to winning the Student Academy Award for Best Animated Short and picking up numerous festival kudos, Acker’s CG-animated 9 was recently picked up by Universal’s Focus Features and producer Tim Burton for development as a feature film. Acker will also be screening his short The Hang Nail, a favorite from the Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. Learn more about Acker at

Rob Dunson, director of television from the San Diego Film Commission, will also be in attendance to speak about the growing opportunities for animators and special effects artists in the region.  

The Bestival awards ceremony will take place from 7:00-9:30 p.m. The Art Institute of California–San Diego is located at 7650 Mission Valley Road (corner of Mission Center). For more information and directions, go to