Two Farnham Graduates have had their films shortlisted for the Red Bull Canaimation competition. Chloe Rodham has been shortlisted for her film 'Skyhound' (see above) and Bexie Bush with her short 'Canned Laughter'. The winners will be announced at the Red Bull Canimation Awards Ceremony at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square on December 15th.
The British Animation Awards Public Choice screenings are returning to Farnham next year. The screenings will take place on the 24th & 31st of January and the 7th February. Tickets cost £3 are available from the Animation Department, UCA Farnham 01252 892817.
Congratulations to first year animator Jack Payne for having his work selected for Radio 1's Scott Mills show. This is a great start for Jack who has also been invited up to Carlisle for the Premiere of the film next week. There was a quick turn around with the brief with only 3 days to come up with the finished sequence. Well done to everyone else who took part as well.
Many of the Abbayes past residencies have gone on to make multi- award winning films, such as the Oscar and BAFTA nominated 'The Monk and the Fish ' by Farnham alumni Michael Dudok de Wit.
Graduate Giulia Ghiana and 3rd year Marcus Armitage teamed up again to create an ad for Ecovision produced by Space City Productions .The ad was aired on the 28th October and can be found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4FMU4geKbg&feature=player_embedded
Giulia and Marcus first worked together on her film 'It'll be alright' which was Giulia's commission for the Languages through the Lens project.
'Britain' the Graduation film by Becky Bush has won the 'UK Competition' at Glimmer : The 9th Hull International Short Film Festival Festival.
Kaori Onishi's Graduation film 'When I was young' has been selected for the NEU/NOW online Film Festival.
Graduate Chloe Rodham has created a short film, with a voice over by Tony Robinson, for the Back the Apple www.backtheapple.com campaign that is being launched by the Labour Party at their conference in Liverpool.
Joanna Brooks had both of her second year films - 'Puzzle Cat' and 'Armless Love' - accepted into FLIP International Animation Festival, in Wolverhampton. FLIP will alo be screening the Graduation film 'When I was Young' by Kaori Onishi and 'The Brownie Story' by Jane Taylor.
'When I was young" the Graduation film by Kaori Onishi has been shortlisted for the ‘Best British Film’ award and "Best British Up and Coming Animation Talent" at Canterbury Anifest.It has also been selected for the Animated Dreams Animation Film Festival Estonia, in November.
‘The New and the Other’ the Graduation film by Joseph Carauna is one of the 35 art projects from 17 countries selected to feature in the live NEU/NOW LIVE Festival 2011, that will take place in Tallinn, European Capital of Culture 2011, Estonia in November this year. www.neunow.com
Senior lecturer Andy Joule has had his MA Graduation film ‘Ellipsis’ selected for screening at Chronos Film Festival in Albuquerque, USA and the Cornwall Film Festival in the UK.
Also, Graduate Rebecca Archer has gained a place on the Animation Direction course at the National Film and Television School so well done to her!
Senior Lecturer, Stuart Hilton took part in a panel discussion entitled 'Watch Us Move: An Evening with Animate Projects' at the Barbican in London. The screening and discussion were organised as part of the major animation exhibition 'Watch Me Move' which runs until September 11th 2011.
'Smile' by Chloe Rodham was shown at the Barbican in London.
Victoria Smith, who is about to begin the final year of her BA (Hons) Animation degree at UCA Farnham, gained a month’s work experience on Tim Burton’s new animated movie Frankenweenie.
Third year Kaori Onishi attended the Sky Arts Sting Awards at Sky's headquarters in London. Her idea for a sting made the final shorlist.
The Graduation Show for BA (Hons) Animation took place in Farnham. Award winners on the night including Joseph Carauna (Best Film & Student Prize), Fern Bailey (Best Script) and Becky Bush (Best Animation). Becky received her Award from former Farnham student and multi- award winning animation director, Darren Walsh. it was a great night and for those of you who could not make it, showreels are available.
Giulia Ghiani’s film proposal " IT'LL BE ALRIGHT " was selected by an international jury to take part in the ‘Languages through Lenses’ workshop in Amsterdam (16 - 18 May 2011). The finished film will then be screened at the PRIX EUROPA Festival in Berlin (25 - 27 October 2011). Giulia’s proposal was selected from 113 eligible applications from 19 different countries.
Becky Bush (year three) and Mark Benson (year two) have had their film ideas commissioned by the BBC and Open University as part of the Creative Climate Competition. The BBC received 86 entries in total and Becky and Mark were shortlisted to the final 20 with 10 films chosen to be made.
They both had to pitch their film ideas at the BBC Television Centre in front of a high profile and distinguished panel chaired by Lord Puttnam CBE (Oscar winning director of Chariots of Fire). The panel also included Jon Plowman-BBC comedy executive producer, Dr. Joe Smith-Senior lecturer in Environment at the Open University, Olivia Williams-Television and Film actor, Nick Fraser-BBC commissioning editor for documentaries and Roger Harrabin-BBC environment analyst.
This was an incredibly tough pitch and both students individually received praise from the panel for their professionalism, creativity, humour and originality.
The finished films will be screened and promoted by the BBC and both students also receive a cash prize of £500.
Chloe Rodham won Best Animation for her second year film ‘Sprinkles’ at the National Student Film Festival, sponsored by BAFTA in London. Second year Joanna Brooks was also shortlisted for her film ‘Puzzle the Cat’.
In total nine Farnham films were screened at the festival including second year films by Elizabeth Yau, Simon Hurdle, Marie Sato, Lauren Sunderland, Andy Williams and Dan Ruiz.
Kaori Onishi has been shortlisted for the Sky Arts sting competition.
The animation students were treated to three keynote lectures that covered a range of industry professionals. First off was Andy Brunton key animator at Lionhead who talked about Games design. Award winning and controversial film maker Phil Mulloy came in two days later and finally Merlin Crossingham Creative Director at Aardman Animation wrapped up a great week on the course.
Course Leader Lesley Adams and tutor Andy Joule both received Teaching Excellence Awards at the Learning and Teaching conference in London.
Vida Vega was profiled in Digital Arts magazine http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/?newsId=3257372
Matt Cunningham had his short ‘Lisbon Stomp’ selected for the Monstra Animation Festival in Lisbon.