Guardian Success for Animation Alumni

Thursday 24 April 2014
Still from 'Pasty Child', BA(Hons) Animation & Visual Effects

BA(Hons) Animation & Visual Effects alumni Andy Luck and George Tymvios have been named overall winners at the inaugural GuardianWitness awards.

The pair collected the EE contributor of the year title having won best original short film for their animation Pasty Child, created whilst studying at Falmouth. Hosted by comedian David Mitchell, the awards celebrated the first year for the Guardian's user-generated content platform.

Clare Margetson, Guardian network editor and judging panel chair, commended the film: "The overall winner demonstrates a fantastically exciting way of using GuardianWitness. This was about creativity rather than journalism. And that's something we feel strongly about".

"The winner combined ingenious tech, a singular aesthetic, perfect characterisation, a brilliant compressed narrative and pitch-black humour. Its 180 seconds stay with you as long as many full-length movies," continued Margetson.

With 28,000 entries from across all continents, competition was fierce. Judges were drawn from journalism, film, photography, science and food, and included Guardian News & Media's Director of Digital Strategy Wolfgang Blau, vice-president of EMEA CNN Deborah Rayner and acclaimed British film-maker Andrea Arnold.

Pasty Child, a quirky animated short, follows the growing pains of a young girl with a pasty for a head and her struggle within the confines of a pasty shop. Praised by judges as, "dark yet warm and sympathetic", the animation was made using stop motion effects and techniques reminiscent of Aardman Animations' Wallace and Gromit films. No stranger to success, the short collected a Royal Television Society student award for Devon & Cornwall in 2012.

For more information about animation at Falmouth visit: falmouth.ac.uk/animation