UCA Farnham allows locals to judge British Animation Awards

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham is giving local people the opportunity to decide the outcome of one of this year’s British Animation Awards.

The campus has been chosen to screen the nominations for the Public Choice Award and help decide the winner for the very first time. Among those looking for local support is recent UCA Farnham graduate, Vida Vega. The former BA (Hons) Animation student is nominated for her film, Mi’au, Myau, about five birds of different nationalities trying to outdo each other.

Vida (right) said: “I am extremely excited and grateful just to be considered for the Public Choice Award. Knowing that my film will be watched by so many people is a fantastic prize in itself, so I won’t mind if I don’t win.”

Vida will face stiff competition from other former UCA students though. She is up against last year’s Oscar-nominated film, This Way Up (above), by Adam Foulkes, and 1991 Oscar-winner, Daniel Greaves’ new animation, Speechless (below).

UCA Farnham alumnus, Darren Walsh, will be one of the favourites in the Best Advertisement category; his smash-hit, Meerkat commercials for Comparethemarket.com (above) have been a huge success with audiences and critics alike.

Several other former students from UCA Farnham have also been nominated for the prestigious awards. Sarah Wickens, Kristian Andrews and Yui Hamagashira, all studied at UCA Farnham, while Murun Thornton, who graduated from BA (Hons) Animation Arts at UCA Maidstone, has also been shortlisted.

To book tickets to the screenings, visit the UCA Farnham site.

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