More good news for 2016 graduate Pepe Gomez who has won the Best Animation Award at the 2017 Canterbury University Film Festival. Pepe has been super busy gathering various awards around the planet in-between his new teaching duties here with our lovely 1st years. Working with Pepe is Elmaz Ekrem who has also been busy in a slightly different way, partying at the ICA at the launch of Playback Festival. The festival which is a touring showcase of Random Acts films will include Ellie and Dominika’s brilliant The Law of the Sea.
We love catching up with our splendid alumni and Kaori Onishi is this months featured filmmaker. Kaori’s beautiful, lyrical film When I Was Youngwas her graduation film in 2011 and will screen at Tricky Women festival in Austria during March. It's well worth a look.
In other 2nd Year news it's good to see Ian Kidd’s short film Arthur Twee’s Boring Day has barged it’s way into the Open World Animation Festival taking place in Allentown, PA, USA. All being well it won’t be held back at the border for a full cavity search. Also good to know that Rinu Rana will be getting her Bath Time shown at Athens Animfest 2017.
Stay alert people for we have THE genuine, bona fide ‘White Walker’ wandering into our 1st year Digital Skills classes for a couple of weeks of acty fun. Ross Mullen joins us straight off the set of Game of Thrones to show us his acting chops and no little simulated action fun and games to be filmed as reference material for all. Prepare to shake this man's hand - it's a memorable experience as handshakes go!
Will Rowson’s 2016 graduation film One Last Dance has just won the Animated Shorts category at Dorking Film Festival where a total of 9 Farnham films were competing. Also, great to see the film making its way across the Atlantic to The Large Apple for a monthly curated screening and networking event known by those in the know as ANNY: Animation Nights NY. Their blog is worth checking out too.
Great news that current 2nd year student Miriam Fox has seen her fab first film Make Notes fly off to its first festival. It will be screening at the beautifully named Dingle International Film Festival in March 2017 over there in the west of Eire along with our own Pepe Gomez’s graduation blockbuster Last King of Grenada. Star Wars fans might like to know that Dingle is only a hop skip and a jump away from Skellig Michael island where we last saw an ageing Luke Skywalker standing waiting for his favourite lightsabre to be returned. Mim's film will also be screening at Discover Film Awards in April. It’s a great festival taking place at one of the oldest cinemas in London and probably even more importantly there will be an opening night party by the Thames that will need attending…
The endlessly busy Sinead Stoddart of this parish has popped up in interview form right here. Her 2nd year film Munchies has being doing good business for her on the festival circuit ending up recently at Final Girls ‘Women In Horror’ Berlin Film Festival where it caught the eye of We Are Moving Stories, a new online platform broadcasting new voices in drama, documentary and journalism who conducted the interview for their splendid site.
One of our most decorated and celebrated alumni Michael Dudok DeWitt has found himself yet again at the Oscars this time as as a nominee for his extraordinary Studio Ghibli produced animated feature film The Red Turtle.
And here’s Elmaz ‘Ellie’ Ekrem pictured alongside legendary filmmaker Mike Leigh and Utopia director Marc Munden all hanging out at the London Is Open event last week.
The properly outstanding news is that Elmaz Ekrem & Dominika Ożyńska's Random Acts film The Law Of The Sea was just screened alongside Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film The Salesman on a massive screen at Trafalgar Square on Sunday. The free open air event is part of The Mayor of London’s London Is Open campaign launched in response to the US Executive Order banning Muslim’s from entering the country.
We were recently visited by the very talented Colossal Crumbs puppet making workshop people. A lively and hilarious day of character creation and manipulation was had and it now seems that anything lying around on the floor could be transformed into a thinking being before you can say ‘upcycle!’
Time to check in on Hattie Croucher who is currently deep into crafting her graduation film and who’s 2nd year film Pandas Have Got To Go has been accepted into 3 festivals in the last month, including LMFF, Fresh Meet International FF and iChill Manila International Film Festival.
This weekend is the 2nd Dorking Film Festival and the Animated Short Film screening consists almost entirely of 2016 Graduate and 2nd year films from UCA Farnham! Oh yes.
Pepe Gomez, Andrew Whittle, Will Rowson, Grace Evetts and the EGADS team, Duncan Senkumba (film pictured), Stew Powers, Jess Lester, Richard Mirosevic-Sergo, and Noriko Ishibe, all feature in this 2017 Dorking take-over...
Always nice to have another reason to show a still from Jess Lester’s graduation film City Lights and the reason this time is that it will be screening at Screentest, National Student Film Festival 2017 soon. Good enough reason any day of the week.
Big news just in alert!!! Stew Powers’ jurassic graduation film Dinosaurs in the Playground has been nominated in the Animation category for the Royal Television Society Student Awards 2017! The awards evening takes place in March in Winchester and is a spangly affair involving suits, ties, frocks and fizz. And, if last year's ceremony is any kind of measure, there WILL be dinosaurs….
Hattie Croucher is no stranger to film festival fun and her 2nd year film Pandas Have Got To Go will now screen at the Miami Independent Film Festival. Hattie is currently deep into production of her 3rd year Grad film and will struggle to find the time to go to Miami for ANY reason at this time - that’s what we told her anyway…
PICTURE COMING SOON!
We’ve just heard the great news that current 2nd year student Miriam Fox has seen her fab first film Make Notes fly off to its first festival. It will be screening at a beautifully named festival over in the west of Eire. Updates and pictures to follow but Star Wars fans might like to know that the festival is only a hop skip and a jump away from Skellig Michael island where we last saw an ageing Luke Skywalker standing, waiting for his favourite lightsabre to be returned…
We had a fantastic, solid gold lecture last week from our new Friend of Farnham, John Knowles, lead animator and writer from the BAFTA winning CG animation specialist studio Blue Zoo in London. We'll be getting him back her soon for more CG japes.
Our very own enterprise guru Lam Olusegun currently in the 2nd year has been spotted on ITV news in an interview situation discussing his plasticine model characters and showing clips of his animations. His ‘Lambs’ are selling like hot kebabs on a Friday night so grab one while you can…
This week we a super excited to be welcoming Ed Barrett back to his spiritual home this time as one of out Keynote Lecturers. Ed is Creative Director at the excellent London animation studio Animade and is an alumnus and long time friend of the course. He is also a dab hand at putting funny eyes on things...
Congratulations to recent graduate Jess Lester as she has her film beautiful, lyrical film City Lights screening at the Premiers Plans Film Festival in the Animated Films competition, which will take place in Angers, France, from January 20th to January 29th 2017. A wintery week by the Loire beckons...
It's only 2017 and 3rd year festival stalwart Sinead Stoddart has been busy picking up more awards for her 2nd year film Munchies. She now has to make room in her awards cabinet for the Regional Filmmakers Award and The Michael Fuller Award both from the Southhampton Film Week. Here she is at City Eye Cinema Festive Films picking up a latte, muffin and gongs.