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Cannes Film Festival triumph for Oscar-winning UCA alumnus

Our Oscar-winning Animation alumnus, Michael Dudok de Wit, has won a Special Grand Jury Prize at the renowned Cannes Film Festival. Michael graduated from one of our founding colleges – the West Surrey College of Art – in 1978. He collected the award in Cannes Film Festival’s ‘Un Certain Regard’ category for his debut feature animation The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge).

The Red Turtle, which premiered at Cannes, is a dialogue-free animation recounting the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds. The film was co-produced by the legendary animation house Studio Ghibli, whose previous films include Spirited Away.

This is not the first prestigious award Michael has won over the course of a glittering career, having previously collected both an Oscar and a BAFTA for his short him Father & Daughter.

Our BA (Hons) Animation degree at UCA Farnham continues to produce award-winning animators, with the course this year sweeping the British Animation Awards with no fewer than seven nominations. Find out more about the course here.