NFTS graduation animation, Poles Apart, directed and written by Paloma Baeza and produced by Ser En Low, has been awarded the prestigious Maclaren Award for Best British Animation at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Poles Apart beat off stiff competition including fellow NFTS graduation animations, Don’t Think of a Pink Elephant, directed and written by Suraya Raja and produced by Rebecca Smith and Homegrown, directed and co-written by Quentin Haberham, produced by Caroline Bartleet and co-written by Tim Fraser. (If you are inspired by Paloma, apply now for our Directing Animation MA and Model Making for Animation Diploma.)

Paloma Baeza said: "We are over the moon to receive The Maclaren Award, particularly in the company of such strong and talented filmmakers.  We are extremely grateful to everyone who voted for us - thank you!"

The Award for Best Short Film went to The Full Story, which is directed by recent Directing Animation MA graduate, Daisy Jacobs.

The Short Film Jury said: “For its originality, level of technical artistry and emotional poignancy, we are awarding the prize for best short film to The Full Story by Daisy Jacobs, and co-director, Christopher Wilder.  What struck us in particular was the perfect marriage between form and content, in particular the way in which the fluidity between the live action and animation perfectly represented the transitions between memory and the past.”

Daisy Jacob’s said: “It is an honour to receive the Best Short Film Award from such a prestigious Festival, we are delighted.”

Other winning films with NFTS credits include:

God’s Own Country, which won The Michael Powell Award For Best British Feature Film, credits Production Designer, Stephane Collonge and Art Director, Pedro Moura.

The award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film went jointly to actresses Emily Beecham for her role in Daphne and Anne Reid for her roles in Kaleidoscope and Romans, and was also selected by the Michael Powell jurors. Daphne credits Howard Peryer (Sound Maintenance). Kaleidoscope credits Doug Templeton (Boom Operator) and Evan Jolly (Composer/Orchestrator/Conductor). Romans credits Felix Wiedemann (DoP).

Short film, 1745 produced by NFTS graduate, John McKay received a special mention from the jury in the Award for Best Short Film.

NFTS Credits:

An amazing 185 NFTS students and graduates are credited across the feature films and short films selected for this year’s prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival and an outstanding seven NFTS graduation films – five animations, one fiction and one documentary - have been selected for the event, which is the the world’s longest running festival of its kind.

Wild Horses (fiction), directed and written by Rory Alexander Stewart and produced by Rebecca Smith was selected as part of this year’s EIFF SHORTS strand as part of the UK-Spectrum selection.

A programme of student shorts entitled (Be)longing  curated by the MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation course at the University of Edinburgh, include the following NFTS graduation films:

·         Fishwitch (animation), directed and co-written by Adrienne Dowling, produced by Helene Sifre and co-written by Jenna Jovi.

·         A Love Story (animation), directed by Anushka Naanayakkara, produced by Khaled Gad and written by Elena Ruscombe-King.

·         Markku and Me (documentary), directed, produced and cinematography by Lauri Danska

If you would like to follow in the footsteps of the NFTS graduate animators, there is still time to apply for our Directing Animation MA and our Model Making for Animation Diploma.

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