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Seven UCA graduates in the running for British Animation Awards

Seven animators from our Farnham campus have been nominated for awards at the renowned bi-annual British Animation Awards. Animation graduates Henry Dunbar and Katie Lenton have both received nominations in the Best Undergraduate Student Film category, as well as the Public Choice Award, where they were joined by fellow alumni Bexie Bush, Chris Shepard, Kristian Andrews, 2015 BAFTA nominee Marcus Armitage, and past Oscar-winner Daniel Greaves. 

Now in its twentieth year, the British Animation Awards celebrate talent from across the UK animation industry, with winners being announced at a special ceremony at British Film Institute (BFI) at Southbank on 10 March.

“It feels really good,” said 2014 graduate Henry Dunbar, whose film Pollock was nominated in two categories. “My film’s inspired by Jackson Pollock rather than being directly about him. I thought it would be really stressful if all of your ideas were immediately visible. I spent ages trying to work out what to put in the thought bubbles but everything I tried was so cliché. Then my friends suggested vegetables and found it so funny that they were actually roaring with laughter. I thought it was so unfunny that it was kind of brilliant!”

Pollock animation

Our Animation course leader Lesley Adams said: “It’s immensely gratifying to see so many of our graduates nominated for the British Animation Awards. The time and dedication required to make these films shouldn’t be underestimated, and we’re incredibly proud of all of our nominees.”

The Public Choice Award, which includes 35 films and is sponsored by post-production firm Glassworks, asks members of the public to choose their favourite animations. All of the films up for an award will be shown at a number of events throughout the UK, including on 28 January, 3 February and 10 February at our Farnham campus.

Our Animation degree course has a long history of developing talented animators, with no fewer than three Oscar-winners having studied the course. You can find out more about it here.

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