An impressive three prizes were awarded to recent NFTS graduates at this year’s Poitiers Film Festival, which promotes student work from film schools and universities around the world.

Dead Birds team accepting their award

Dead Birds, directed by Johnny Kenton and produced by Sabina Smitham took home both the Audience Prize and the Student Jury’s Prize, and Inanimate, directed by Lucia Bulgheroni and produced by Lennard Ortmann won the Jury’s Special Prize.

Lucia Bulgheroni accepting her award

About Dead Birds: A teenage badminton failure at a Catholic girls’ school goes to extreme lengths to win the inter-school cup. Dead Birds is a wild supernatural black comedy about competitive mother-daughter relationships, competitive badminton and how far you’d go to get what your heart most desires.

The Team: Johnny Kenton, Director; Sabina Smitham, Producer; Amelia Spencer, Screenwriter; Jonathan Flint, Cinematographer; Lilla Vindics, Megan Davison, Assistant Directors; Ian J. Crossland, Production Designer; Emma Clarke, Production Manager; Conor Meechan, Editor; Annette Slattery, Production Sound Mixer; Jamie Nicholls, 1st Assistant Sound; Sean Mcgarrity, Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer; Stefano Fasce, Composer; Baitong Monseu, Lead Compositor; Eryk Hildebrand, Colourist & Online Editor.

About Inanimate: A stop-frame animation, 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!

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