Newport animators make Encounters Official Selection – plus festival success from Newport Film School filmmakers!

It appears that the hard work has paid off for two BA Animation graduates of the University of Wales, Newport as their equally quirky stop-motion short films are selected to compete in the International Encounters Film Festival 2011.

The hours spent making intricate models and sets, animating, directing and editing have produced two highly imaginative graduate films: ‘John and Betty’ by Alex Hancocks and Luke George, and ‘The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling’ by Joseph Wallace.  Both films will be screened at Animated Encounters, which takes place at the Arnolfini Theatre in Bristol from 16-20 November 2011.  The films will be eligible for the festival’s Grand Prix Award with its prize of £2000.

‘John and Betty’ is the tale of an elderly couple who are happily married until John’s un-healthy obsession with solving crimes leads him to grow dangerously suspicious of his wife.

‘The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling’ is described by filmmaker Joe Wallace as a four minute short about an old man whose life is transformed after a falling plant pot sparks a bizarre series of paranoid reactions. The film has sparked interest at several other festivals, including Canterbury Anifest where it is in competition in the categories of Best British Film and Best British up and coming Animation Talent.  Read more about the film and Joe’s creative journey here.

Meanwhile, the BA Film & Video students and graduates at Newport have also been pretty busy. We would like to offer our congratulations to Craig Lewis, UWN BA Film & Video, whose film ‘Solitude’ is being screened at the Portobello Film Festival in London this month.

Also, congratulations to Keri Collins, a UWN Film and Video grad from 2005, whose latest short film, ‘Funday‘ has been selected for this year’s Raindance Film Festival. The film was shot by recent UWN graduate Craig Dean Devine, and produced by other UWN MA grads Stephen Hanks and Ryan Hooper. The film was described by Tony Grisoni (Writer of ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and ’Tideland’) as “Deliciously melancholic”.

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