BAFTA Winning NFTS Grad Films to Compete at 2018 British Animation Awards


BAFTA Winning NFTS Grad Films to Compete at 2018 British Animation Awards

(Paloma Baeza and Ser En Low collecting the British Short Animation BAFTA 2018)

Two NFTS graduation films which have won British Short Animation BAFTAs are competing against each other in this year’s British Animation Awards in the Student Excellence category. Poles Apart, directed by Paloma Baeza and produced by Ser En Low, which won this year’s British Short Animation BAFTA is up against A Love Story, directed by Anushka Naanayakkara and produced by Khaled Gad, which won the British Short Animation BAFTA in 2016.

(Anushka Naanayakkara and team collecting the 2017 British Short Animation BAFTA)

The British Animation Awards takes place on March 15th at the BFI Southbank.

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.

A Love Story takes place in a universe entirely made of wool: “It’s love at first sight for our two beings… but will their relationship survive the onslaught of depression that takes over their lives.”

The Teams:

A Love Story - Director Anushka Naanayakkara; Producer Khaled Gad; Writers Elena Ruscombe-King, Anushka Naanayakkara; Designer Solrun Ósk Jóndóttir ; DoPs Yinka Edward, Alvilde Horjen Naterstad; Editor Joseph Comar; Composer Victor Hugo Fumagalli; Sound Designer Marcin Szumilas; VFX Supervisors Ye Teng; Eloise Tomlinson; Online Editor/Colourist Vlad Barin; Lead Animators Anushka Naanayakkara, Iván Sarrion Soria; Animators Robert Millard, Adrian Piqueras Sánchez; Modelmakers Amalie Vilmar, Alicia Canovas Verdú, Joanna Brooks, Katherine Millar Craig; Art Assistants Lenka Dobranska, Alice La Trobe, Manuela Romero, Louisa Brooks, Emily Hake; VFX Artists Gillian Simpson, Zhao Xi, Li Suoran, Zhuge Bijun, Alexander Davis; Vocals Lucia Bulgheroni, Hollie Buhagiar, Marina Elderton Cinematography Advisers Leigh Alner, Ben Hecking; Production Manager Simone Tomasi; Production Coordinators Agnieszka Pawlowska, Inês Lourenço.

Poles Apart - 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