We’re delighted to announce that A Family Portrait, one of our 4mations Digital Shorts, has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Cartoon d’Or 2010.
This is a huge achievement for the short, which has already claimed prizes at Clermont Ferrand and Stuttgart, and is continuing to conquer the festival circuit, from Annecy to Zagreb through Sao Paolo, Melbourne, and Hiroshima.
Get off your picnic blankets!
There’s still time to submit to the Encounters International Film Festival.
Now in its 16th year, Encounters International Film Festival is firmly established as the UK’s leading short film festival. It is a key date in both the film industry and in the region’s cultural calendar, attracting huge local and national press attention. Encounters is a dynamic forum for the media industry and many high–profile professionals make their way to Bristol to discover new talent and see the very best in short and animated film from around the world.
Submissions are open until the 30th of June. Visit the Encounters website to get submitting!
This year, they’re giving you the chance to see Lotte Reiniger’s ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’. Cutting-edge composer Mira Calix will premiere her new musical accompaniment to the silent animation live at the BFI. It’s sure to be an intriguing mix as Mira Calix’s intimate vocals and experimental electronic textures mix with the now iconic elegant shadows of Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 feature film.
A little bird tells me the festival will also be launching their Animation Lab at this event. Run in partnership with Warp Films, this year-long development programme will bring together women animators and screenwriters to eventually develop an animated feature. One not to miss!
With the Oscars just round the corner, award season is in full swing. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for Cartoon Saloon’s The Secret of Kells, which wowed us at Annecy last year.
Closer to home, we were delighted with 4mations director Emma Lazenby’s BAFTA success last week with ‘Mother of Many’. Beating stiff competition, her team at Arthur Cox took home the Best Short Animation award for their rich tale of childbirth combining painting on glass, hand drawn and Flash animation with After Effects. And to top it off, producer Sally Arthur gave birth two days later to a baby boy. Many congratulations to both!
Don’t miss the charming interview with a slightly bewildered Emma on the BAFTA website - you’ll even discover the unusual place where she intends to keep her trophy!
February has little to recommend it. It’s grey, cold, and dull. There’s that whole ghastly business of Valentine’s day, with its deformed army of festering hearts and tedious angels. There’s Chinese New Year, which leaves me scanning the streets disconsolately for dragon dancers and illusive suckling pigs.
And then, there’s the British Animation Awards. Every two years, they delight us with a programme of animation screenings to brighten up our darkest hours. From the 8th to the 27th of February, you can catch the Public Choice screenings at a cinema near you, and vote for your favourite from a fantastic range of animated films made over the past few years.
Look out for fresh-out-of-the-oven 4mations films The Moonbird and The Astronomer’s Sun. Then get your sketchpads out, because you only have two years to get your next masterpiece finished before the next awards.
The Regular Deadline for all submissions will be Monday 1st March 2010. They are particularly keen to see the freshest of animation talent and as a result animation films are still FREE to submit. That’s free, as in beer! Though you’ll still have to buy your own beer. They’re not that nice.
NEW Submission Deadlines:
Regular: Monday 1 March 2010
Late: Monday 8 March 2010
There are three ways to submit:-
- Online through the EIFF website
- Download a form from the EIFF website and mail it to them
- Via Withoutabox
Animation films are FREE to submit but please still use the online submission, Withoutabox or postal form before sending your film.
Please note all submitted films should be no more than 12 months old by June 2010 and EIFF requires at least UK premiere status.
Check out ourhighlights from last year’s EIFF animation screenings for motivation. We could be singing your praises this summer. If you buy us a beer.
The best and brightest filmmakers descended on Bristol last week for Encounters, a week of shorts, showcases, awards, and dips in the tropical waters. That last bit might be a lie, but congratulations are certainly in order for the talented animators who took away the very desirable 4mations International Newcomer in Animation Award.
Supported by 4mations.tv, Kudlian Software and Canon, the award recognizes originality and technical achievement in animation, and the £2,000 cash prize was won by Rabbit Punch directed by Kristian Andrews. Please Say Something, by David O’Reilly, was rewarded with the Jury’s special commendation.
Didn’t catch the films? Here’s what the Jury had to say about them:
This film combines dramatic story-telling with great designs. It very accurately portrays the secret life of teenagers in a rural British setting, (a theme not often explored in animated shorts), in an economical and effective way. The story and the lead character’s dilemmas feel very real and emotionally engaging and there is a lot of tension and humour in the story-telling. It is technically adept, with excellent framing and composition.
Please Say Something
This deceptively powerful film is a kind of anti-Hello Kitty assault on the senses. Exploring the relationship between a cat and a mouse it uses very sparse and economical character designs in a futuristic setting to tell a cinematic and multi-layered story. It was extremely thought-provoking and ambitious, using fractured narrative, multiple perspectives and bold sound design.
Did you watch the shorts? Tell us what you thought!
There’s nothing better on a cold, dark, rainy day, than spreading a bit of competition joy.
That’s right! We can finally announce the winners of Month 2 of our Toon Boom competition.
Here are the four talented winners who impressed our judges Adam Gee (Channel 4 Commissioning Editor) and Hugo Sands (Managing Director of Passion Pictures)
Smigly by Allen Mezquida
Adam Gee: “Great, snappy script; cinematic feel; fresh visuals; wry satire; tight and to the point - about as much fun as you can get in 1 min 33 secs.” Hugo Sands: “A well-structured story, crisply told, with engaging character animation. ”
Happy Cloud by Ilias Sounas Adam Gee: “A little burst of bouncy, colourful cosmic joy.” Hugo Sands: “A cohesive, coherent and nicely-designed execution of a simple idea.”
Posthaste by Rob Zywietz Adam Gee: “An enjoyable interlude in a pastely water-colour world.” Hugo Sands: “Expressive drawing, skilled animation and finely-honed look make this an effective piece of film-making.”
Three Times by David Gilbert and Maxim Lucas Adam Gee: “Good mix of graphic and photographic, building to a satisfyingly chaotic climax.” Hugo Sands: “This has very pure, while slightly ‘homemade’, aesthetic using a simple-looking technique. But lot of work has gone into this with impressive results.”
Congratulations are also in order for the other 3 shortlisted films:
Where are my bills? Where are my unwanted brochures? Where’s the rubbish I bought off ebay?
If, like me, you’ve been cursing the postal strike, you’ll be glad to know it has an upside. Animated Exeter have extended the deadline for submissions for the BEST OF THE WEST and SCREEN OUT LOUD entries to: