A screenshot from "Scapegoat," an animated film by two Israeli graduates of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. A screenshot from "Scapegoat," an animated film by two Israeli graduates of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. A screenshot from "Scapegoat," an award-winning animated film. (Photo: Scapegoat)

Art school grads win top prize at major animation festival

'Scapegoat,' a short film created by Gal Haklay and Shulamit Tager, took home first place in design.

Two graduates of a prestigious art school that's also Israel's oldest institute of higher education have been awarded a top prize in a major American animation festival.

Gal Haklay and Shulamit Tager, who earned bachelor's of fine arts degrees in screen-based arts at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, won first place in Original Design at the 13th annual Animation Block Party Awards. The Animation Block Party is a showcase for independent, professional and student animation around the world.

The pair's animated short film, "Scapegoat," is a dark, dreamlike tale that centers around one man and one goat. The film is not yet in public circulation, but you can watch the trailer here:

“We are proud of our students’ great achievements as they creatively represent the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design around the world,” said Dudu Mezach, head of Bezel’s Screen-Based Arts Department. “The successes of our students reflect their excellent work during their studies at Bezalel, and we wish them every success in their future endeavors.”

This is not Haklay and Tager's first foray into animation. You can also watch a short film they produced during their second year at Bezalel:

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Art school grads win top prize at major animation festival
'Scapegoat,' an animated short film created in Israel by Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design alumni Gal Haklay and Shulamit Tager, took home first place.