(Photo courtesy of Gigi Ekstrom.)

Lakehill Preparatory School alum Cameron Gavinski is receiving wide acclaim for his animated short film, “Frank.”

“Frank,” which follows Frankenstein’s monster as he tries to reconnect with his estranged father, was considered the best animated film at the 2019 First Look festival at the University of Southern California Cinematic Arts program.

Gavinski, who graduated from USC in 2018, was among the few undergraduate winners at the festival. The winners, selected by USC faculty and industry professionals, had their films screened for some of Hollywood’s top agencies.

“Frank” also won awards at the Palm Springs International Animation Festival and Expo and was named to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ student shortlist.

The nine-minute film took 18 months to complete and can be viewed for free on YouTube.

Gavinski graduated from Lakehill in 2014.

“I am so thankful for everything Lakehill gave me, especially the sense of home and family,” he said.

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