Plus Annecy
Saturday March 21st 2009, 10:28 am
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Greetings everyone from sunny Portugal where Nik and I have been attending the MONSTRA Animation Festival.
It is that time of year again when Annecy has sent out their rejection notices which is bad news for those not accepted but you still have a second chance to have your work screened at Annecy.  Bill Plympton and I are again putting together our annual Plus Annecy screening so if you were rejected and would like to be considered for our show please e-mail me at nik@niksprocket.org (NOT AT THE MASS MAILING ADDRESS).

Congratulations to Bill whose Idiots and Angels won the feature film Audience Award at MONSTRA and to Nina Paley for her Special Jury Award for Sita Sings the Blues, also in Lisbon.



THE ARTS INSTITUTE at BOURNEMOUTH BRINGS HOME THE BACON
Saturday March 07th 2009, 2:34 am
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I have written about the Art Institute at Bournemouth and their exceptional animation program before.  Peter Parr, Reader in Animation and his colleagues consistently produce award winning students who find good places in the animation industry when they graduate.  Peter and his colleagues have plenty to be proud of this year.

Graduates Geoff King and Beth Witchells took home multiple honors for The Great Race, winning The Royal Television Society Award and a £500 award at Animated Exeter.  Richard Williams presented them with his DVD Animator’s Survival Kit as their award at Animated Encounters.

from The Great Race
from The Great Race

Fish by Dennis Constantinou and Chara Sottou picked up the Best Student 2D Animation Award at Animex and was also a Royal Television Award nominee.  IO, created by Alex Wad, Robert Nelson, and James Swindells was also nominated for the Royal Television Society Awards where it was gained a Special Jury Mention.

It was an especially noteworthy year for the Art Institute with renowned screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy, an Arts Institute graduate, winning an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film Slumdog Millionaire.  He also took home the Best Screenplay Award at BAFTA, London; a Golden Globe, and the Critics Choice Award.

Simon graduated from the Film course at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 1991 where he produced Release, a half-hour drama which premiered on BBC2 and won five international awards.  He later went on to write the screenplay for the award winning film The Full Monty.

I leave for MONSTRA Animation in Festival in Lisbon on Sunday and I look forward to seeing Aerius, Fish, and Journey Out.  All three have been selected for the Student Competition at the festival.    Congratulations not only to the award winners but to all of the students and faculty of The Art Institute at Bournemouth for a job well done.