November 4, 2010
Student Wins Princess Grace Award
Animated Short Honored in New York City
SCA graduate student Willie Williams is the recipient of a prestigious Princess Grace Award film scholarship. The 28th annual awards gala will be held in New York City on November 10, and will include the presentation of 21 awards to emerging artists in theater, dance and film as well as the Prince Rainier III Award to be presented to Denzel and Pauletta Washington, and the Princess Grace Statue Award to be presented to Anna D. Shapiro. The Princess Grace Awards are presented to artists who show excellence and promise in their artistic fields. The film scholarship will help support Williams’ thesis film projects. The Award recipients hail from cities and states across America and will travel to New York City to receive the honor at a black tie ceremony.
As an aspiring young fine-artist from Corpus Christi, Texas, Williams received his BFA from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and is currently enrolled in the MFA animation and digital arts program at the University of Southern California. Williams was a finalist in the 2010 Coca-Cola Refreshing Film-makers Competition for storyboards and layout in the film My Hero. William's first animated film Sold was screened in Hollywood at the Director's Guild Theatre in May of 2010. He is currently in production on his thesis film entitled Our Legacy.
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a not-for-profit, publicly-supported foundation headquartered in New York City and founded more than 25 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in honor of his wife, Princess Grace (Kelly). Since its inception, the Foundation has bestowed more than 650 awards totaling more than $7 million in grants.