A film made by young people in Bedford was shortlisted in the Best Animations (aged 17-19) category of the Film Nation Shorts Awards.
The young filmmakers were excited to go to the awards ceremony hosted by Claudia Winkleman at the BFI Southbank in London, Wednesday 4th July. Although they didn’t win, their film was one of only three that made the shortlist in their category, out of a total of nearly 500 films submitted for the awards.
A host of film industry figures (including directors like Mike Leigh, journalists and critics from publications like Total Film and many more) made up the judging panel.
Bedford’s shortlisted film, Increase, was made by Jide Adagun, Abbie Judge, and Sam Williams, under the guidance of artist Helen Hewitt. Daniel Welborn, Coren Brice and Naomi Wallace provided post production critique, and the film was edited by Helen Hewitt and Mandy Jennings.
The animation was created during a fabulous Film Nation: Shorts project delivered by Bedford Creative Arts last year. A team of animators worked with young people from Bedford and surrounding areas planning, creating and critiquing the work over a period of 10 days. The processes involved in large-scale group animation draw upon many of the Olympic values – particularly inspiration, determination, excellence and, at times, truce!