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Graduate film wins Best Animation at German film festival

A film created by a group of UCA Farnham graduates during their time as students has been named Best Animation at the Bundes Film Festival in Germany.

Miasma, created by BA (Hons) Animation graduates Emily Langdon-Smith, Dan Corbett and Grace Evetts, along with exchange student Sophie Miriam, who spent two terms at UCA, is about a rider who sets out to destroy a demonic creature, only to become infected in the process.

On receiving the Best Animation nod, Emily says: “It feels so wonderful to have won. It’s nice to have your work recognised and for the effort and hours that you have put in to be rewarded. I was over the moon when I found out and it has really spurred me on to create and publish more short films and animations.”

The adventure-thriller film was created using a mixture of 2D and 3D animation. The characters and foreground environments were made using CGI and then rigged so that they could be animated, while the backgrounds of the film were digitally drawn. The film was then edited together with special effects to create the finished version.

“So far we have only released the film into a couple of select film festivals and this is the first one we've heard back from as yet, so it’s amazing to have had such a positive response right from the start of opening the film up to a wider audience,” Emily adds. “We are planning to send Miasma out to more festivals over the next year.”

Bundes Film Festival is one of the biggest and most famous festivals in Germany for filmmakers of all ages. The festival contributes to the professionalising of up and coming film talents, with many young filmmakers who have shown at the festival going on to have established careers in the industry.

You can learn more about how Miasma was made, and the graduates that created it on their websites:

Emily Langdon-Smith:

Grace Evetts:

Dan Corbett:

Sophie Miriam:

Find out more about Animation at UCA, here.