British student films dominated Park City, Utah last week, winning the top animated short prizes at both the Sundance Film Festival and its more indie offshoot, Slamdance.
At Sundance, the animation short film jury award was presented to Nina Gantz for her stop motion graduation film Edmond (top, left) produced at the National Film and Television School. Gantz’s film is also currently nominated for a BAFTA award, where it is competing against another NFTS graduation film, Simon Cartwright’s Manoman, and Richard Williams’ Prologue.
At Slamdance, the jury award for animation short was awarded to Marcus Armitage’s graduation short My Dad produced at the Royal College of Art. The jury statement said that the film “expresses compelling universal themes — the director’s powerful, heartbreaking message and the film’s bold, colorful palette are perfectly suited to his experimental animation format.”