National Film and Television School (NFTS) students are heading to Cannes once again this year having received their seventh consecutive selection for the prestigious Cinéfondation short film programme. This impressive tally means that NFTS students have achieved more Cinéfondation selections than any other film school! 

NFTS graduation animation, Inanimate directed by Lucia Bulgheroni and produced by Lennard Ortmann, is one of just 17 films selected from 2426 works submitted by film schools from all over the world and will compete for three prizes at the festival, which takes place between the 8th and 19th May. 

Inanimate is a stop frame animation film – (See Editor’s notes for full credits) - something the NFTS is particularly famed for as alumni include Oscar winning, Wallace and Gromit director, Nick Park and Peppa Pig creator, Mark Baker. NFTS graduation animations have also won the British Short Animation BAFTA for the past five years in a row.

Inanimate is about a woman who loses her certainty about reality and discovers she is much more than just a puppet: Katrine has a normal life, a normal job, a normal boyfriend and a normal apartment in a normal city. Or at least that’s what she thinks, until one day everything starts falling apart literally!

Lucia said:

“It’s such an honour to have our film selected for Cannes. The idea of Inanimate arrived to me with a vision of a soul inside a puppet, suddenly ripping a part of its own body to get out. In the last few years I’ve developed a love for philosophy and psychology, especially the Greek philosophy of Plato and Socrates. The idea that we are souls or consciousness that are inside bodies during our life time and then go back to our original form of consciousness always resonated with me.”

Lennard said: “Lucia and I initially got together through discussions we had about the nature of reality and what might lie behind “the veil”. I remember talking about Plato’s allegory of the cave and Freud a lot. Lucia already had a very strong idea of a puppet becoming aware of her ‘puppetness’ and I loved the potential of the idea to talk about the human condition. So we decided to team up for our grad film. Being selected for Cannes is a fantastic testament to all the hard work the whole team put in – we can’t wait to soak up the atmosphere and see our film screened at the festival.”

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Editor’s notes:

The Team:

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; Zsofia Szemeredy - Sales, Marketing and PR (

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