(Poles Apart trailer)

NFTS graduation film, Poles Apart, directed by Paloma Baeza and produced by Ser En Low has won a prestigious Annie Award for Best Student Film. The Annie Awards honour overall excellence in animation in a total of 36 categories from best feature, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting, and have often been a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. 

(L-R: Rocio Gimenez, Art Director, Paula Gimenez, Production Designer, Paloma Baeza, Director & Ser En Low, Producer)

This is the second time that NFTS students have won an Annie Award and the fifth time NFTS graduation films have been nominated. Head Over Heels directed by Timothy Reckart won an Annie Award in 2012 and also received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film.

Poles Apart has also won the Maclaren Award for Best British Animation at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival and received a nomination for Best British Short Animation at this year’s BAFTA Awards.

(Poles Apart Making Of Video)

About Poles Apart:

Poles Apart tells the story of an unlikely meeting between Nanuk, a tough female polar bear, and Aklak, an enthusiastic male grizzly bear, brought together by their changing habitats. The lack of food in a melting Arctic has left the solitary Nanuk desperately hungry. When the hopeful and eager Aklak crashes into Nanuk's world, she has to decide if the naive grizzly bear is her food or her friend.

The team:

Director/ Writer/ Animator – Paloma Baeza; Producer, Ser En Low; Cinematographer, Jon Muschamp; Production Designer, Paula Giménez; Production Manager, Florencia Casas; Production Co-ordinator, Sophie Halton; Editor, Zsofia Tálas; Sound Designer & Re-recording Mixer, Morgan Muse; Compser, Hollie Buhagiar; VFX Supervisor, Gillian Simpson; CG Supervisors, Ollie Brummell, Shivani Shah; Colourist & Online Editor, Alex Davis.

If you are a budding animator and would like to find out more about our Directing Animation MA, sign up to our Animation open day on the 27th April 2018 – more information at www.nfts.co.uk/animation