As a UCLA student, Lynn Okimura ’00, MFA ’05 garnered multiple honors or prizes, including the industry selected Spotlight Award in Animation. Prior to returning to campus as a member of the faculty, her creative work was in flash and 2D animation for mobile content and in music videos for many companies, including Disney TV Animation, and for interactive and software companies. Her passion for teaching young artists is evidenced by the animation curriculum for youth she created through the nationally recognized STAR INC nonprofit organization. That curriculum has burgeoned into the staple of the program’s after school enrichment program reaching students of all economic backgrounds. Her independent projects have won awards and screened at festivals throughout the world, including The Hawaii International Film Festival, The San Diego Asian American Film Festival, The Los Angeles Visual Communication Film Festival, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Arts Festival and New York’s Animation Block Party.
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