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Friday, October 26, 2007

Past Graduate Update

Garth, Ginny and Johnny have just completed a 30 and 15 second promo for a new series of the Nickelodeon show 'Zoey 101'.

You can view the promos here, but it might be a bit odd as there is no sound. The promos should start running this weekend.

Monday, October 22, 2007

IV International short film contest on the theme of Intercultural Dialogue

“ANOTHER LOOK” is a short film contest organised by the association Association Artistique Espèce d’Espace in collaboration with Fondazione Mediterraneo and with the support of Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures. The objective of the contest is to favour mutual knowledge and understanding between the peoples of the two rivers of the Mediterranean through a “cinema of proximity” supplied by cinema via Internet.

The subject for the short films and synopsis is intercultural dialogue between the European Union and the countries of the Southern river of the Mediterranean: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.

The contest Direction will select 10 short films (which will be awarded 500 Euros) and 3 synopsis (prize 4.000 euros). The authors of the synopsis engage themselves to make the short films. Selected short films will be diffused on the Internet on as from April 2008.

Particular attention will be given to those works that:
  • Underline the importance of dialogue and tolerance in the relations among peoples and cultures;
  • Give a new look, original and innovative about themes such as integration, immigration, menaces of conflict;
  • Enhance the knowledge and understanding of other cultures as a way to fight against prejudices, clichés, stereotypes, sources of conflicts and misunderstandings;
  • Deal about collective imaginaries and mutual representations;
  • Underline the diversity and richness of peoples of both sides of the Mediterranean;
  • Attach importance to the right to difference.

The “Another Look” contest has been divided into two sections: ‘Inspiration’ and ‘Completed Shorts’.

Inspiration: 3 prizes of 4,000 euros will be awarded by an international jury to the best synopsis on the theme of intercultural dialogue. The money will go towards the realisation of a short film based on the selected synopsis. Closing date for the synopsis is 5 November 2007; filmmakers will have until 31 March 2008 to make their short films.

Completed Shorts: 10 prizes of 500 euros will be awarded by an international jury on the theme of intercultural dialogue. Closing date for sending films is 10 December 2007.

For further details visit

Thursday, October 18, 2007

e4 sting in Pictoplasma!

Garth and Ginny's e4 competition sting is being screened as part of pictoplasma's characters in motion festival this year!
If your off to Berlin for the festival give us an email so we can meet up for drinks.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Operator in Depict!

A slightly shorter version of this years air scheme film Operator has been shortlisted for the Depict! award at the Encounters Festival in Bristol. Go to the the website where you can view it and rate it if you wish.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

SSAW International Animation Masterclass with Michael Fukushima - 21st Nov

Masterclass Diary

21 November 2007

Michael Fukushima International Animation Masterclass

10.00 - 12.00
The Atrium, University of Glamorgan (Adam Street, Cardiff)


Michael Fukushima has been directing and producing animation films since 1984, when he left the Classical Animation program at Sheridan College. He also taught Classical Animation at Concordia University for several years. On the strength of his first auteur film, Tako, Fukushima was invited to the National Film Board in 1990, where he completed the Hot Docs-winning animated documentary, Minoru: memory of exile. He’s been an NFB producer since 1997.

Fukushima’s credits as an NFB producer reflect the eclecticism and diversity of his own tastes, ranging from abstract animation to kids’ films to documentaries, the Web, mobile phones and more. He is the creator of the Hothouse, a program that is helping usher in a new generation of animation filmmakers to the NFB. He’s particularly fond of abstract and slightly off-centre animation and is part of the movement melding animation with interactive installations, thereby introducing animation into new venues and to new audiences.

His notable recent productions include the Genie Award-winning cNote by Chris Hinton, Lillian Chan’s award-winning Jaime Lo, small and shy, Sainte Barbe -- a poignant puppet-animation film by Swiss filmmakers Cédric Louis and Claude Barras -- and two shorts from the mobile phone anthology Art of Seduction. Fukushima’s current productions include The Down Project (a workshop film with four adults with Down Syndrome), the interactive installation and short film HA’Aki, and Bruce Alcock’s elegiac Vive la rose. He is in development on high-profile co-productions with the UK’s Paul Bush and Oscar®-nominated Koji Yamamura from Japan.

Email to attend

SSAW welcome event 18th Oct

For all current students and staff. RSVP Hannah Raybould before the 15th Oct.


We are looking for animators to work with the Producer/Director of Animated Minds, an award winning series of short animated documentaries exploring various aspects of mental illness and psychological distress. The first series was commissioned by Channel 4 in 2003 and went on to win numerous awards, including best Animation at the BANFF television festival. Now, 8 more films have been commissioned exploring themes including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dementia, Anorexia, Deliberate Self-harm, Asperger's Syndrome and various neurological disorders.

Each film will employ varying animation techniques, and the ability to be creative, flexible and innovative is as important as experience. A sensitivity to the subject matter is essential. We're looking for people who are interesting in experimenting with form, using a variety of different techniques.

All films will go into production in early 2008, and a fixed fee will be offered for what we expect to be 4-6 weeks of full time work.

To apply, we need:

(1) A full, up to date CV
(2) A show reel, either on DVD, VHS or DVCAM

Those selected for interview will be asked to bring a visual treatment of an animated documentary dealing with these issues.
All applications need to be received by 1st November. Any enquiries, in the first instance, should be made to Jenny Saunders at Mosaic Films, or 020 7923 2994