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About Anna Burholt & Tandis Shoushtray, Finalists
Anna Burholt concentrates in 16mm and digital video, using context and framing as a tool to highlight, obstruct, and catalogue personal experience in effort to construct quieter narratives; providing glimpses into both interpersonal and identity-based frameworks. Her works have recently screened at Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Linoleum Contemporary Animation Festival, and Anthology Film Archives. She is a current Benjamin Menschel Fellow at The Cooper Union School of Art.

Tandis Shoushtary is a filmmaker and current Menschel fellow at the Cooper Union, who learned the culture and language of her Iranian familial roots in the context of migration. Focused mainly on animation and 16mm film, her non-narrative work investigates the shaping of identity and its hybrid forms resulting from relocation; assigning diaspora and queerness as analogous forms of mobility through the construction of imagined and reimagined spaces.

Her single-channel work and installations have been shown internationally, most recently at the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival (2018), Before We Were Banned (2018), The Carnegie Institution of Washington (2018), Yale University (2018), Miami Independent Film Festival (2017), and Toronto Alternative Film Festival (2017).