Hot on the heels of winning a prize in the Cinéfondation competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for her NFTS graduation animation, Inanimate, Lucia Bulgheroni now has to pack her bags for a trip to LA where the film will compete as a finalist in the BAFTA Student Film Awards!                                                                                                                                  

Lucia Bulgheroni

Inanimate is one of nine finalists selected from 60 shortlisted entries and will compete in the animation category. The stop frame animation explores the veiled reality of a puppet called Katrine who realises; through her search for truth, that she is ‘so much more than a puppet’. Lucia who graduated from the NFTS Directing Animation MA this year, used Super Sculpey, a material similar to clay that can be baked, to craft puppets Katrine and Patrick, whose journey we follow, at breakneck speed, through this hyper-real, dark, magical thrill-ride animation.

The BAFTA Student Film Awards are an annual event celebrating the works of the next generation of talented and innovative filmmakers; encouraging emerging talent from across the world. Film schools worldwide were invited to submit up to nine films for consideration for four top prizes – the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by LAIKA, the BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary, the BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action Film, and the Special Jury Prize.

Director Lucia said: ‘I’m very excited about the news! Inanimate has already taken us on a crazy adventure; a massive learning experience, and now a new surprising chapter is opening. It's not just a short film, it's a piece of life experience and the beautiful thing is that it's still not ended. I think animation is absolute magic, it can give you so much freedom of expression, there are literally no limits but your imagination. I keep learning and re-discovering details that, back in time, came from pure intuitions and now, with a new point of view, reveal new meanings. It's very fascinating how your subconscious talks to you as soon as you start to trust it.’

Amanda Berry, BAFTA CEO says of the Awards:  "The incredible standard of emerging filmmaking talent across the globe continues to impress, and BAFTA is proud to recognize and support these student filmmakers as they embark on their careers. We are looking forward to selecting our winners and showcasing their stunning work in June."

The gala ceremony will take place on Friday, June 29, 2018 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

The Team:

Lucia and the Inanimate team with their Cannes prize

Lucia Bulgheroni - Director/Animator; Lennard Ortmann – Producer; Drew Eu – Screenwriter; Ronnie Mcquillan – Cinematographer; Kristina Kovacs - Production Designer; Alex Mcardle - Production Manager; Raphael Pereira – Editor; Louise Burton – Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer; Jose Pavli – Composer; Niall Harty - Cg Lead; Amy Gibson - Lead Compositor; Hugh Howlett - Colourist & Online Editor; Zsófi Szemerédy, PR and Marketing

If you would like to follow in Lucia’s footsteps, applications for the NFTS Directing Animation MA are open until the 5th July 2018 –




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