Future Animators

Posted on: June 26, 2009

What a great way to attract talent!

This morning I had the privilege to view the shortlisted work of young people who had entered the UK Schools Animation Awards.

This is the second year that the University of Manchester Computer Science department has invited school children and Sixth Formers to enter  animated films  to this competition.

More than 800 films were entered from 200 schools all across the UK.  One minute in length, they were produced in Scratch, Alice or Flash – funny, informative and incredibly creative.  Seven judges picked the winners and runners up in categories ranging from Key Stage 2 to 16+.

That’s right, these film makers ranged in age from 7 to 19 years old. The winner of the ‘Most Educational Film’ category highlighted the plight of the Spanish Lynx. I remember drawing a Lynx in pencil crayons when I was at Junior school – the fact that a young girl of similar age had animated and narrated a film on the subject is astounding!

This is a great initiative by the University of Manchester – year on year, they will be connecting and developing relationships with the Lasseters and Spielburgs of tomorrow .

The spokesman from the sponsor Electronic Arts urged the young film-makers to opt for traditional subjects such as maths and sciences. I’m confident that they will not only remember his words when choosing their degrees, but will also remember an inspiring and educational day in  Manchester’s  Museum of Science and Industry when picking their place to study.


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