Preserving Childhood One Frame at a Time!
George Kochell, as Mister Geo™, has been teaching community-based classes for children & teens since 1995.
Gava/Gate Animation Classes began at Greenbelt Access Television with a pilot "flipbook" project and have continued every year since 1998. Our student films have screened at more than 140 juried film festivals across the US/Canada and abroad.
  • Animation Instructor/Facilitator (5 Credits)
    In the Garden2017
    Animation, Short, Student
    How NOT to New Year's2016
    Animation, Short, Student
    Justice's View: On Pollution2016
    Animation, Short, Student
    The Big Surprise2016
    Animation, Short, Student
    To Six Flags2016
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Adult Animation Facilitator (3 Credits)
    Spring Morning2019
    Animation, Short, Student
    Spy vs Robber2019
    Animation, Short, Student
    The Seasons2019
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Producer (3 Credits)
    After the Three Little Pigs...2016
    Animation, Student
    (Untitled) Fisherman2015
    Animation, Short, Student
    (Untitled) Sheep2015
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Animation Facilitator (2 Credits)
    Squirrel Hacker2019
    Animation, Student
    The Turtles Swim2019
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Instructor/Adult Facilitator (1 Credit)
    A Day in the Life of a Pig2019
    Animation, Short, Student
Finalist DEC/JAN
The Seasons
2022 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival
Ubud, Bali
2022
Official Selection
The Seasons
2022 8&HalFilm Awards
Rome
2022
Official Selection
The Seasons
2022 Sweet Democracy Film Awards *Online
Rome
2022
Winner Best Student Film/DEC with Additional Exceptional Achievement
The Seasons
2022 Multi Dimension Independent Film Festival
2022
Best Micro Short Film
The Seasons
2021Golden Peacock International Film Award • DEC/Season 5
Port Blair
2022
Best Micro Film
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2022 Filmfest International Film Festival*Online
Kolkata
2022
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2022 Singapore International Short Film Film Festival *Online
Singapore
2022
Best Young Filmmaker
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2022 Best Global Shorts *Online
Chennai
2022
Finalist Best Short Film DEC/JAN
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2022 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival DEC/JAN
Ubud
2022
Best Young Filmmaker/JAN
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2022 Karukrit International Film Festival JAN
Jhalera
2022
Best Debut Filmmaker JAN/FEB
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2022 Knight of the Reel Awards • JAN/FEB
Hyderabad
2022
Finalist
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2022 Delta International Film Festival
Mumbai
2022
WINNER Debut Filmmaker
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2022 Black Swan International Film Festival • JAN
Kolkata
2022
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2022 8&HalFilm Awards *Online
Rome
2022
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2022 Sweet Democracy Film Awards *Online
Rome
2022
Winner Debut Filmmaker/DEC
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Oasis International Film Festival • DEC
Jaisalmer
2022
Best Micro Short Film
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Golden Peacock International Film Festival • DEC/Season 5
Port Blair, Andaman
2022
Finalist
The Seasons
2021 Cult Movies International Film Festival • Edition 4 • Online
2021
Best Micro Short and Additional Award
The Seasons
2021 New Fort International Film Festival • NOV
Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu
2021
Official Selection
The Seasons
2021 Bhutan International Short Film Festival
2021
Award Winner - Best Micro Short
The Seasons
2021 Taiwan International Short Film Festival
Taipei City
2021
Best Young Filmmaker Award
The Seasons
2021 Imaginary Mind Film Contest
Maharashtra
2021
Award Winner
The Turtles Swim
2021 Taiwan International Short Film Festival
Taipei City
2021
Official Selection
The Turtles Swim
2021Imaginary Mind Film Contest
Maharashtra
2021
Award Winner - Best Micro Short
Squirrel Hacker
2021 Taiwan International Short Film Festival
Taipei City
2021
Official Selection
Squirrel Hacker
2021 Imaginary Mind Film Contest
Maharashtra
2021
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Shiny Sparkle Independent Online Film Festival
2021
Best Student Short Film Award
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Jaga International Film Awards/JIFA • Online • DEC
Kulathur, Tamil Nadu
2021
Finalist
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Cult Movies International Film Festival • Edition 4 • Online
2021
Best Short Film FINALIST
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Airflix Film Festival • DEC
London
2021
Best Micro Short and Additional Award
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 New Fort International Film Festival • NOV
Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu
2021
Award Winner
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Bright International Film Festival • NOV
London
2021
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Bhutan International Short Film Festival
2021
Award Winner
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Turkey Golden Wolf Film Awards
2021
Award Winner - Best Micro Short
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Taiwan International Short Film Festival
Taipei City
2021
Best Micro Short Edition 4
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 New Age Cinemas & Scripts • Edition 4
Mumbai
2021
Outstanding Achievement Award
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Calcutta International Cult Film Festival • JUL/AUG Edition
Kolkata
2021
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Internationa;l Actor & Director Awards APR/MAY Edition
Saint Petersburg
2021
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 International Short & Symbolic Art Film Festival/ISAFF APR/MAY Edition
Saint Petersburg
2021
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Poppy Jasper International Film Festival • Online Eventbrite
Morgan Hill CA
2021
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 Imaginary Mind Film Contest
Maharashtra
2021
Student Film Best Animation
The Seasons
2020 3 Minute Film Festival • Online YouTube
Santa Barbara CA
2020
Official Selection
The Seasons
2020 Chautauqua International Film Festival
Jamestown NY
2020
Best Young Director - Animation
The Seasons
2020 Kids Video Connection Film Festival
Atlanta GA
2020
Official Selection
The Seasons
2020 Florida Animation Festival
Tallahassee FL
2020
March Official Selection
The Seasons
2020 MAR Golden Earth Award - Online Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
Squirrel Hacker
2020 The Very Best of Port Shorts Online FF - OCT
Port Douglas
2020
Official Selection
Squirrel Hacker
2020 Golden Earth Award Online FF - SEP Edition
2020
Official Selection Young at Art
Squirrel Hacker
2020 Florida Animation Festival
Tallahassee FL
2020
Official Selection
Squirrel Hacker
2020 Providence Children's FF
Providence RI
2020
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2020 Water Tower Youth Cinema Film Series
Lansdale PA
2020
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2020 The Film Contest Online FF • JUL Edition
Singapore
2020
Official Selection
The Seasons
2019 KidsNFilm International Film Festival
Vallejo CA
2019
Official Selection Youth Film
The Seasons
2019 Utopia Film Festival
Greenbelt MD
2019
Participating Film
The Seasons
2019 SEP Campfire Sessions • New Deal Café
Greenbelt MD
2019
Official Selection
The Seasons
2019 Anim! Arte International Student Animation Festival of Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
2019
Official Selection
The Seasons
2019 San Diego International Kids Film Festival
Carlsbad CA
2019
Official Selection
Spring Morning
Anim! Arte International Student Animation Festival of Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
2019
Official Selection
The Turtles Swim
2019 Heritage Film Festival
New Carrollton MD
2019
Official Selection
The Turtles Swim
2019 KidsNFilm International Film Festival
Vallejo CA
2019
Official Selection Youth Film
The Turtles Swim
2019 Utopia Film Festival
Greenbelt MD
2019
Best Animation/Stop Motion Short Film Ages 13-17
The Turtles Swim
2019 International KidsNFilm Festival
Vallejo CA
2019
Official Selection
The Turtles Swim
2019 Anim! Arte International Student Animation Festival of Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
2019
Official Selection
The Turtles Swim
2019 San Diego Kids International Film Festival
Carlsbad CA
2019
Official Selection
The Turtles Swim
2019 Kids Video Connection Childrens Film Festival
Atlanta GA
2019
Official Selection Youth Film
Squirrel Hacker
2019 Port Shorts Film Festival
Port Douglas, Queensland
2019
Official Selection
Squirrel Hacker
2019 International KidsNFilm Festival
Vallejo CA
2019
Official Selection Youth Films
Squirrel Hacker
2019 Utopia Film Festival
Greenbelt MD
2019
Official Selection
Squirrel Hacker
2019 Kids Video Connection Childrens Film Festival
Atlanta
2019
Official Selection
Squirrel Hacker
2019 Heritage FF
New Carrollton MD
2019
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 International KidsNFilm Festival
Vallejo CA
2019
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 Anim! Arte International Student Animation Festival of Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
2019
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 San Diego International Children's Film Festival
2019
Semi-Finalist • Private Screening
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 Couch Film Festival • Fall Edition
Toronto
2019
Participating Film
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 SEP Campfire Sessions • New Deal Café
Greenbelt MD
2019
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 Children's Day International Film Festival
Denver, CO
2019
Finalist
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 Lift-Off Animation and Music Video Showcase Online
Las Vegas NV
2019
Semi-Finalist
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 Chautauqua IFF
Jamestown, NY
2019
Participating Film
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 San Diego Comic-Con • 16th Annual Children's Film Festival
San Diego, CA
2019
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 Florida Animation Festival
Tallahassee, FL
2019
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 Kids Video Connection Children's Film Festival
Atlanta, GA
2019
Participating Film
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 Old Greenbelt Theatre • OGT Kids Preshow
Greenbelt
2019
Participating Film
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 Ocean City FF Showcase • Ward World Championship
Ocean City, MD
2019
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 FIFES 7 Junior
Zagreb
2019
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 Ocean City Film Festival
Ocean City, MD
2019
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2018 Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2018
Official Selection Month of November
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2018 Direct Short and Documentary Film Festival • November
2018
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2018 Boone Film Festival
Boone, NC
2018
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2018 Port Shorts Film Festival
Port Douglas
2018
Official Selection Youth Film
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2018 Utopia Film Festival
Greenbelt, MD
2018
Official Selection Month of August
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2018 Direct Short Online Film Festival • DSOFF August
2018
Promising Filmmaker Award
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2018 Heritage Film Festival
Greenbelt, MD
2018
Winner: Best Young Filmmaker Award
In the Garden
Utopia Film Festival 2017
Greenbelt
2017
Honorable Mention: Best Young Filmmaker Award
The Big Surprise
Utopia Film Festival 2017
Greenbelt
2017
Official Selection
The Seasons
2020 Poppy Jasper International FF • Physical Event CANCELED
Morgan Hill CA
Award Winner
The Seasons
2020 3 Minute Film Festival • Physical Event DELAYED
Santa Barbara CA
3rd Place Geraldine B Hill Award Children & Youth Film
The Turtles Swim
2020 Sabira Cole Film Festival - online
Pittsburgh PA
Official Selection
The Turtles Swim
2020 Florida Animation Festival
Tallahassee FL
Official Selection
The Turtles Swim
2020 Los Angeles International Childrens Film Festival
Santa Monica CA
Official Selection - AUG/SEP
Squirrel Hacker
2021 OTB/Only the Best - Online Film Awards
Miami FL
Finalist/JAN Best Short First Time Filmmaker
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2022 V.i.Z. Film Fest *Online
Official Selection - Month of AUG/SEP
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2021 OTB/Only the Best - Online Film Awards
Miami FL
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2020 Global Youth International Film Festival
Ikoyi • Lagos
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2020 New Media Film Festival • DELAYED
Los Angeles CA
Official Selection
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2020 Poppy Jasper International Film Festival • DELAYED
Gilroy CA
Semi-Finalist • Placed by Jury
A Day in the Life of a Pig
2019 BEST SHORT FEST
Perth • Lanark County
Nickname
Mister Geo™
"It is not what I give to a student that is most important, it is what I don't take away." · Jules Engel (1909-2003)
Preserving Childhood One Frame at a Time!