Guida by Rosana Urbes has won Best Short Film at the inaugural Manchester Animation Festival alongside other winners, Edmond by Nina Gantz winning Best Graduation Film and Kung Fu Badger by Paper Panther and the transition Year class of Coláiste Eoin, Stillorgan taking the Best Film by Children (Under 16). Simon Cartwright’s MANOMAN received the Audience Award prize as voted for by the delegates at the festival.
The awards ceremony was hosted by animation director Barry Purves who led an entertaining evening of celebration and thanks. The awards themselves were created by Mackinnon and Saunders. Guida director Rosana Urbes said of winning the short film award “Thank you so much, I’m so happy to know that Guida is there with you tonight!”
Nina Gantz, director of graduation competition winner Edmond said “I want to thank you very much for the award, very, very honoured to get it, I can’t believe I am going to get the lovely, lovely prize that Mackinnon and Saunders have made it’s really beautiful.” The graduation award winner also received a copy of Toon Boom Harmony.
Evan Macnamara from Paper Panther, the company which led the workshop that created Kung Fu Badger, accepted the award on behalf of the young directors saying, “I want to thank you on behalf of the directors of Kung Fu Badger. I’m sure the film will support them, their future endevours and build up the next generation of animators and film makers.”
The winner of the Audience Award winning film MANOMAN, Simon Cartwright said of his win “Thank you so much for voting for us for the audience award, it means a great deal that the film is going down well up north, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making the film, to the audience for voting and thanks to the team for putting together this incredible festival, I hope we can do it all again next year.”
A total of 933 films were submitted from 67 different countries before the selection was whittled down by the festival team and voted for by the festival jury during the festival which consisted of Jamie Badminton, creative director and producer at Karrot Animation, Sarah Legg, programme Executive of BBC Children’s Animation and Acquisitions and Jez Stewart animation curator at the British Film Institute (BFI).
The three day event took place at HOME Manchester on the 17,18,19 November and attracted approximately 4,000 attendances to the packed programme of events which included screenings, masterclasses, panels, workshops and demonstrations including masterclasses from Song of the Sea director Tomm Moore and Aardman’s Will Becher whilst Danger Mouse creator Brian Cosgrove received the fellowship award at the festival.