North East artist and filmmaker Lesley Ann Rose has been selected for two of the world’s most prestigious animation festivals in Toronto and Melbourne for her short film Spatulahead.
Rose, whose animation skills were largely self-taught, was among 10 new talents from the region given a break by NFM and BALTIC as part of their slate of films for Channel 4’s Random Acts artist-filmmaker strand. Spatulahead is only the second animated film Rose has directed and was featured in a preview exhibition and showcase screening event at BALTIC before being broadcast to national audiences in December.
After winning the commission Rose set about applying for festivals. She said: “A film director I had met at the Random Acts showcase event advised me to target the free festivals as selection might unlock invitations to a string of other international festivals.
“I got news from The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) that Spatulahead had been officially selected for the festival. Official selection gets me a laurel to put on the film and obviously I was over the moon. The selectors at Toronto even sent me a personal message saying ‘well done to team Spatula Head! It was an absolute favourite with our submissions team!’
After that The Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAAF) accepted the film to show in their ‘Auteur’ section. With this selection comes an automatic submission to many of the other international festivals. So the director’s advice back at the showcase was right!
Speaking of her future ambitions for the film Rose admitted that the prize she cherishes most lies closer to home: “The festival I would most like to be accepted into is the Bradford Animation Festival later this year, so fingers crossed!”
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