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School student Tomasz Stanislawski at the animation workshop in April
School student Tomasz Stanislawski at the animation workshop in April
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Press Release - 05 November 2007

Teenagers have film selected for festival final

A group of Swindon teenagers are through to the final of a county film festival, after their animated short film won over the audience at the local heats of the Preloader Film Festival.

‘Swindon News’, an animated spoof of a local television news report, was created by a group of 18 Year 10 students from local schools at an animation workshop run by the University of Bath in Swindon earlier this year.

The news broadcast features aliens, dragons, slugs in cars, talking penguins, ninja monkeys and more. Preloader director, Keith Phillips, said: “I picked the film for the festival because of the impressively high quality of the animation, the great sound, the fantastically colourful characters, but mostly because it was so funny.”

It was screened at the Swindon heat as one of 12 short films, ranging from documentary to horror, and was scored highly by the audience for its technical skill, ideas and ‘Oscar value’.

Three Swindon films were picked to compete against Wiltshire’s best young film makers at the Preloader finals, to be held at the Wyvern Theatre on Saturday 17 November.

The films face a vote for an audience award, and a judge’s vote to win funding for another project and mentoring from an industry professional.

Clinton Osbourne, Creative Director of the University workshop said: “I’m absolutely delighted at the success of the film. In a four-day workshop the young people completely exceeded our expectations. We couldn’t believe what they pulled together in such a short space of time and how far they went with their ideas. It’s a real classic and a level of work that you would expect at animation degree level.”

The animation workshop was held as part of the University’s Creative Arts Week programme, aimed at raising aspirations and participation in higher education. The programme gives young people the opportunity to try new activities in a higher education setting and to learn from undergraduates about life as a student.

The animation workshop was held as part of the University’s Creative Arts Week programme, aimed at raising aspirations and participation in higher education, and was funded by the European Social Fund. The programme gives young people the opportunity to try new activities in a higher education setting and to learn from undergraduates about life as a student.

For information about the Preloader final contact Keith Phillips at Create Studios, at kphillips@swindon.gov.uk

For information about next year’s creative arts activities at the University please contact Anne Olesen on 01793 328800 or email a.olesen@bath.ac.uk.


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