Student movie competes in online film festivals--vote for "PING!"

Posted by skoons on September 22, 2010 

I am pleased to announce that "PING," an animated stop-motion short film created by three Penn State graduates while they were still film students, is an official selection in the III International Festival of Animation Online. Fans may vote for the  film starting  Sept. 23, by visiting

Debi Cohen, Jason Oshman and Mark Romano created the  film about two robots and their story of friendship, hope and freedom. They began work on the film a year ago for one of their senior film classes.

To vote for “PING,” people may visit the site and click “Watch Videos.” They may then search for “PING,” watch the movie and and vote, rating the film on a one to five scale. The more points the film earns, the better it will do in the competition. Voting ends Oct. 23.

took three months to create and required nearly all of the filmmakers' time. Funds were also a concern. Cohen and her colleagues were lucky enough to receive the Carmen Finestra Film Project Endowed Grant-in-Aid. That scholarship supports full-time junior or senior film-video students with superior academic records.

The dedication of Cohen, Oshman and Romano has paid off. “PING” is currently featured in five film festivals, and one of those festivals also includes an online vote component. People may visit, click on “Shortcut to Finals,” and then scroll down to view or vote for the movie.

That competition, hosted by NexTv, gives aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to win cash and prizes and, more importantly, provides access and exposure. The two dozen finalist judges include a producer from "The Office" and Jason Alexander of "Seinfeld."

To learn more about “PING” and its creators, visit

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