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UCA Animation students triumph at British Animation Awards

Animators from our renowned BA (Hons) Animation course have stormed the British Animation Awards, collecting three awards including Best Student Film.

Katie Lenton’s Man Up, Bexie Bush’s Make and Mend Do, and HIAS: For the Refugee by The Moth Collective – a collaboration between Daniel Chester and Ifor Ashton – picked up the gongs for Best Student Film: Undergraduate, Public Choice Award and Best Commissioned Animation respectively, whilst there were further nominations for fellow alumni Henry Dunbar, Chris Shepard, Kristian Andrews, 2015 BAFTA nominee Marcus Armitage, and past Oscar-winner Daniel Greaves. 

Left to right: Bexie Bush, Animation Course Leader Lesley Adams, Katie Lenton

Now in their twentieth year, the British Animation Awards celebrate talent working in the British animation industry, with past winners including Wallace and Grommit creator, Nick Park. This year’s ceremony took place at the BFI Southbank, with big-name nominees including Martin Freeman – who took the honours in the Best Voice Performance category.

“We’re all so proud that Katie, Bexie, Daniel and Ifor have all received recognition for their amazing creativity and hard work,” said Lesley Adams, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Animation at our Farnham campus.

“Winning a British Animation Award requires a great idea and then the talent, persistence and dedication to pull it off. I should also say we are equally proud of all our other nominees – Henry, Kristian, Dan, Grant and Stuart – and hopefully these awards can inspire our students and alumni to create even more amazing projects.”

Animation at UCA Farnham has a long history of producing award-winning animators, with three of its graduates having gone on to win at the Oscars. You can find out more about this course here.

Watch HIAS: For the Refugee and the Mend and Make Do trailer below 

HIAS: For the Refugee by The Moth Collective (Daniel Chester and Ifor Ashton) 

Mend and Make Do trailer by Bexie Bush