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Evan Bode is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, composer, and animator who challenges borders and binaries with a playful mix of mediums. Their work has been screened internationally at festivals in Brazil, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Canada, the U.K., Australia, India, Italy, México, Poland, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as in festivals across the United States.
 
Evan graduated with honors from Colorado State University in 2020 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Sociology, English, and Film Studies. In 2023, they graduated from Syracuse University with an MFA in Film.

Evan's first film, Thine Own Self, has screened at festivals around the world including Animafest Zagreb. In 2021, Evan was one of five filmmakers selected as a winner of the Gotham Institute’s 2021 Student Showcase sponsored by JetBlue and Focus Features, a success featured in Filmmaker Magazine. Their second film, A Spot for Frog, was met with similar acclaim, including a "Director's Choice Award" at Thomas Edison Film Festival and a screening at Outfest L.A. in 2023.

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Film Festival Selections and Awards

 

Out of Frame (2023)

  • WINNER of "Best Animation" at New Jersey International Film Festival, United States, 2023 

  • WINNER of "Best Score" at Monkey Bread Tree Independent Film Awards, United Kingdom, 2023

  • WINNER of "Curator's Pick Award" at Student Experimental Film Festival of Binghamton, United States, 2023

  • WINNER of "Best Costume Design" at Athens International Monthly Monthly Art Film Awards Festival, 2023

  • WINNER of the Experimental Film Category at Voice of the Future—IFF, Lithuania, 2023 

  • Nominated for "Best Director" at Monkey Bread Tree Independent Film Awards, United Kingdom, 2023

  • OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: 

    • Syracuse University New Filmmakers ShowcaseUnited States, 2023​

    • Student Experimental Film Festival of BinghamtonUnited States, 2023

A Spot for Frog (2022)

  • WINNER of the "Director’s Choice Award" at Thomas Edison Film Festival, United States, 2023

  • WINNER of "Best Animation" at New Jersey International Film Festival, United States, 2023 

  • WINNER of "Best Arthouse Fiction" at Adria International Short Film Festival, Croatia, 2023

  • OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:

    • OUTFEST Los Angeles, United States, 2023

    • Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival, Canada, 2023

    • Leeds Queer Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2023

    • Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Australia, 2023

    • ImageOut: Rochester LGBTQ+ Film Festival , United States, 2023

    • Reelout Queer Film Festival, Canada, 2023

    • Nantucket Pride Youth Film Festival, United States, 2023

    • Florence Queer Festival, Italy, 2023

    • Magnolia Independent Film Festival, United States, 2023

    • Seattle Queer Film Festival, United States, 2022

    • Octopus Marquee Independent Film Festival, United States, 2022

    • New York Lift-Off Film Festival, United States, 2023

    • New Filmmakers Showcase at Syracuse International Film Festival, United States, 2022

    • Munich New Wave Film Festival, Germany, 2023 (Honorable Mention: "Best Director")

  • Honorable Mention for Merced Queer Film Festival, United States, 2023 

  • Honorable Mention for Experimental Forum, United States, 2023 

  • Finalist for Kansas City Underground Film Festival, United States, 2023 

  • Semi-Finalist for Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, United States, 2023 

  • Semi-Finalist for Blow-Up Arthouse Filmfest - Chicago, United States, 2023

  • Semi-Finalist for Change the Script: Shorts Informed by Lived Experience, Canada, 2023

 

Thine Own Self  (2021)

  • WINNER of the Gotham Institute's Student Short Film Showcase sponsored by JetBlue & Focus Features, 2021

  • WINNER of "Best Silent Film" at Out & Loud: Pune International Queer Film Festival, India, 2022

  • Distributed on JetBlue Airlines In-Flight Entertainment and Focus Features Digital Distribution, 2021

  • Distributed on Planet Classroom Global Network for Youth, 2023 

  • OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: 

    • Animafest Zagreb, Films for Children Competition, Croatia, 2022

    • ​​Leeds International Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2022

    • Durban Film Festival's Isiphethu International Student Film Festival, South Africa, 2022

    • AnimaQUEER Film Fest, Brazil, 2023 (Nominee: "Best Score")

    • FOR RAINBOW Festival of Cinema & Culture of Sexual and Gender Diversity, Brazil 2021

    • Seattle Queer Film Festival, United States, 2021

    • OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival, United States, 2021

    • QUEER-Streifen Regensburg Film Festival, Germany, 2021

    • Prairie Pride Film Festival, United States, 2022

    • MicroActs 8 Artist Film Screening, United States, 2021

    • Student Showcase at Syracuse International Film Festival, United States, 2021

    • Through the Student Lens Film Festival, United States, 2022

    • Experimental Film Fest, United States, 2023

    • Bendigo Queer Film Festival, Australia, 2022

    • Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival, India, 2023

  • Finalist for the 55th Humboldt International Film Fest, United States, 2022

  • Nominee for "Best Experimental Short" at Short Encounters International Film Festival, Greece, 2021

Afterimages (2023) 

  • Premiere in Counterclock Literary Magazine's "Patchwork: Film x Poetry" Season 4 Showcase, United States, 2023

  • Featured and reviewed on "Moving Poems: The Best Poetry Videos on the Web," 2023 

  • OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:

    • Helios Sun Poetry Film Festival, México, 2023​

    • Aotearoa Poetry Film Festival, New Zealand, 2023

    • MicroActs 16 Artist Film ScreeningUnited Kingdom, 2023

Mary Remembering (2023)

  • WINNER of "Best Diary Film" at the Timeless Film Awards, Poland, 2023​​

Anxiety Art  (2019)

  • WINNER of the "Audience Choice Award" at Through the Student Lens Film Festival, United States, 2021

  • WINNER of Berlin Flash Film Festival's Super Short Smartphone Contest, Germany, 2022

  • Official Selections:
    • Blackbird Film Festival, United States, 2022

    • FilmOneFest, United States, 2021

    • Sweden Film Awards, Sweden, 2021 (Semi-Finalist)​

    • TEDxCSU Film Screening, United States, 2022
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