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Man In A Cat Wins Two More Awards

Moonrise Film Festival winner

We’ve had a lovely surprise today as our short film All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) has won two awards at The Moonrise Film Festival in Canada. It won Best International Short Film and the Audience Choice Best Animation. Thanks Moonrise!

It’s particularly pleasing as Man in a Cat was our first commissioned film and it’s been a good while since it last appeared at a festival. It’s nice to see the film is still be doing the rounds and collecting accolades.

You can see the other winners and follow the Moonrise Film Festival on Facebook.

If you haven’t seen the film before, it stars Kevin Eldon, Josie Long and Isabel Fay and you can watch it on Vimeo below:

All Consuming Love (Man In A Cat) from Dice Productions on Vimeo.

Don’t Fear Death wins at Anibar

We’re really pleased to say that Don’t Fear Death has won the Public Award at Anibar International Animation Festival!

Don't Fear Death wins at Anibar

A Public Choice award is always a gratifying thing to win as it is chosen by the audiences and hopefully shows we’ve made a connection. That’s always the aim, so having a little trophy to say we’ve done it at least once is a lovely bonus. They said:

The audience really enjoyed your film, the black comedy of it, and the plot twist at the end.

A full list of the festival winners is available on Anibar’s website.

You can catch Don’t Fear Death at several upcoming screenings including the 20th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival which runs from 16-21 September 2014 in Bristol.

Don’t Fear Death nominated for RTS Midlands Award

Don't Fear Death nominated for RTS Midlands award
Awards are always nice. So it’s very pleasing to receive a nomination for Best Drama/Fictional Programme at the Royal Television Society Midlands Awards 2013 for Don’t Fear Death.

I’m assuming we’ll be up against some big hitters produced in our homeland like Hustle or Spooks or somesuch, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed that our 3-minute animated short can topple them.

LOCO announces our Discovery Award nominees

LOCO

Having won the award with Man in a Cat last year, we were very honoured to be asked to judge this year’s London Comedy Film Festival Discovery Short award. And now our shortlist has been released ahead of the screening and awards ceremony on Sunday 27th January at BFI Southbank.

The standard was very high across the board but we had to narrow it down to three. So naturally, we chose four including an honourable mention. Here, in alphabetical order, is the shortlist:

Painkiller (dir. Mustapha Kseibati)

For mining laughs from a very dark situation, whilst maintaining a genuinely touching story at the heart of it all. The acting is superb and the comedy doesn’t detract from the central drama.

Tooty’s Wedding (dir. Frederic Casella)

For creating a fully-formed short film that is funny as it is recognisable. It’s very well scripted and uses great acting to find laughs at every opportunity, building enough pathos to create characters that are both relatable and pitiful.

Womble (dir. Robert Pirouet)

For notching up the tension in a classic comedy premise in an original way. It crams in the laughs, with visual jokes playing off rapid fire lines which are delivered to perfection by the excellent cast.

Honourable mention: PVT Craine (dir. Ben Mallaby)

For its fast paced build up and unexpected twist. It manages to go past the typical sketch format by focusing on the characters’ relationship as much as the laughs.

Louis and I will be at the BFI on the 27th to announce the winner and present the award, so if you’re going to be at LOCO that day, get in touch to say hello. For the full list of films screened at the Showcase and tickets, visit the LOCO website here.

Winner: Best Animation at Limelight Awards 2012

Last night All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) received its fifth award, picking up Best Animation at the Limelight Awards 2012.

We went down to The Troxy in London’s East End for the red-carpet ceremony and not only were we pleased to be announced as winner of our category, but we got to walk up on stage to The Simpsons theme music. A great honour we can assure you.

But the good stuff doesn’t stop there, oh no, as we also received something arguably better than any film award: A photo with Eastenders/Extras/Life’s Too Short actor Shaun Williamson. Behold…

Barry

He seemed like a genuinely lovely bloke too.

So now Man in a Cat is on the countdown to Edinburgh International Film Festival, going online via Future Shorts, and airing on MTV in the USA. An exciting end to the festival run!

1st Prize at Animated Exeter

More belated gloating. In February, Man In A Cat won the 1st Prize (*deep breath* a.k.a. the Screen Out Loud Independent Talent Award First Prize *breathe out*) at Animated Exeter!

Here’s the judges’ comment from the winners list page:

A wonderfully surreal and humorous world with its own internal logic. Executed with energy and aplomb. Well done!

Friend of Dice, Greg McLeod, also created the illustrations for the festival.

Unfortunately, I knew nothing about the award at the time and was instead watching Twins on ITV4. Here’s me receiving the award:

 

The Best Of British Animation Awards DVD

You can now buy Man In A Cat on DVD as part of The Best Of British Animation Awards 9. You can see the list of other festival-smashing films in the compilation HERE. The price looks steep but, since public funding cuts, the BAAs now rely solely on private sponsorship and the generosity of its supporters. So if you want to support the Arts AND own a snazzy DVD, this is pretty much your ideal situation.

 

 

What’s that? How did the Awards night itself go? Oh yeah… On March 15th we headed to the Southbank Centre, following the sound of hundreds of animators frantically scrubbing the food stains out of their trousers, with the creeping sense of excitement of being shortlisted for Best Short Film.

As you’d expect from a building full of adult children it was a jolly night. The general mood was particularly heightened by the anticipation for the following day, when it would be declared whether the UK animation industry would get the much needed tax breaks that it had been lobbying for. It was a great to meet Oli Hyatt from Blue-Zoo who spearheaded the lobbying initiative and succeeded! A lot of people owe him a drink.

 

The Best Short Film award went to Grant Orchard‘s A Morning Stroll, but we did make the top four in the Public Choice vote. Clips shown from Man In A Cat also got the biggest laughs of the night, which is a prize in itself.

We were also really proud of homeboy Chris Randall for winning the Commercial Public Choice Award:

Man in a Cat wins Best Comedy Short at LOCO

Having been super excited to be nominated, it’s with even more excitement that we can announce that All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) took home the LoCo award for Best Comedy Short at the 9th London Short Film Festival! The film will now screen as LoCo Film Festival’s Discovery Short before its Discovery feature film at the BFI. Here’s me, Louis, and Denise from the London Comedy Film Festival with the shiny prize:

LoCo award best comedy short LSFF

It was a lovely surprise to have won and it really justifies the hard work of everyone involved in getting the film made, especially Louis who put more into Man in a Cat than anyone. Obvious thanks go to the festival for selecting the film, and LoCo Film Festival for selecting us as winner in our category. We couldn’t have done it without the backing of UK Film Council, Screen WM, and producer Jon Petrie who helped to secure our awesome voice cast of Kevin Eldon, Josie Long, and Isabel Fay.

It’s great that LSFF even had a comedy award in the programme. Most festivals don’t so it’s brilliant to be recognised for making a funny film when that is what we set out to do. Now we need to decide what to do next, so that’ll be fun. You can see all the shortlisted films and winners on the LSFF website.

Man In A Cat’s First Award

Hoorah! Man In A Cat won ‘Best Story’ at Multivision. It’s encouraging to see a festival recognising the importance of story and listing it directly below the Grand Prix winner, particularly in light of this article by James Moran pointing out how writers are sidelined in awards such as the BAFTAs.

It was especially pleasing as I found out about the prize on my way back from the Alcine Film Festival where I had presented the film. It was only until after winning the award that I realised I had talked as much about the story as much as I had about the technique.

Here’s our prize:

*Update*… and here’s the certificate.

Countdown wins E4 E-vids Competition

That’s right, Countdown seems to be a member of the living dead, ravaging yet another online competition. Curious to think that its belated success couldn’t have happened without the YouTube generation. Here’s the winners list . . . or not, he links now broken