For The Animation School, 2016 is proving the year that their ship comes in in. In April, the school garnered three top awards at the prestigious New York Festival. Arid, directed by Charl van der Merwe, won World Gold Medals in both the student film and the short film categories. Aurora, directed by James Mann, was awarded a World Silver Medal in the student film category.
But these are just the latest in a string of accolades that Animation School students have earned on both local and international platforms this year, as anyone keeping an eye on this site will know. Two films created by 2014 final year students, Jabu and Burgeon, won SAFTAs in the Best Student Film and Best Animated Film categories respectively. Final year projects from 2015 students, Paint and Aurora,won prizes at February’s Cape Town International Animation Festival Student Awards, earning their creators trips to Nickelodeon in LA and a tour of various studios in Japan respectively. Then came the hat trick: Charl van der Merwe’s Arid was accepted into the graduation film selection at Annecy International Festival of Animation in France; the world’s premiere animation event.
“We are delighted with the stream of great news that 2016 has brought, but the key to continued success is consistency,” says principal Nuno Martins.
In addition to the individual awards, The Animation School placed in this year’s global review of the 100 top international animation schools on the respected website www.animationcareerreview.com.
“We’re proud of our progress, but we have some new relationships in the pipeline that we’re sure can push us even further as a school,” says Martins. “As our industry grows, so does the demand for technically excellent graduates who also understand character and story. Our goal is to meet and surpass international standards so our studios can continue to attract the best projects in the world.”
The winning films can be viewed here, aside from Arid, which awaits its global premiere at Annecy.
Images from Aurora