McLaren Animation 1

  • 76 mins

The best British contemporary animation competes for your vote to win the 24th McLaren Award.

British animation continues to enthral and innovate in this pick of the best contemporary shorts. Featuring works from rising stars including Eamonn O’Neill, Will Anderson (2013’s BAFTA winner), Ross Butter, Bjorn-Erik Aschim, Sam Taylor (who worked on 2010’s The Illusionist) and Felix Massie. There’s also fresh talent from Edinburgh College of Art and a film which features the distinctive tones of Brian Blessed! All aspects of life, love and death covered.

Left, Eamonn O’Neill/UK/2012/12 min
'We got older, we drifted apart. Neill changed and so did I.' BAFTA-nominated Eamonn O’Neill’s graduate film from the Royal College of Art.

The Gravedigger's Tale, Min Young Oh/UK/2013/13 min
The gravedigger leads a solitary existence, so far from the living, yet so close to the dead. This is her story. A love story.

The House with No Doors, Oana Nechifor/UK/2013/7 min (In Competition)
Jon's routine life between his dull room and an imaginary shadow world. So fresh from Edinburgh College of Art you can smell the paint.

First Light, Wing Yan Lilian Fu/UK/2013/10 min
When Daniela opens her door one evening to find her home gone, she takes a journey that changes her view of her city forever.

Sweetie & Sunshine, Will Anderson/UK/2012/5 min
Mrs Panda Tian Tian and Mr Panda Yang Guang, aka Sweetie and Sunshine. Two Chinese Pandas gifted to Edinburgh Zoo to take up residence.

Sandy, Joseph Mann/UK/2013/2 min
Jospeh Mann graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2009 and this accomplished stop frame animation has a certain cheeky seaside postcard charm.

I Love You So Hard (Chocolate Covered Almond), Ross Butter/UK/2013/2 min (In Competition)
Ross Butter, nominated for this year’s BAFTA New Talent Scotland, presents a bizarre and terrifying fantasy seduction featuring a mid-air battle with a rhinoceros.

The Nether Regions, Maria Lee/UK/2012/3 min
There's no escape from bureaucracy, even in Hell. Wonderful snappy stop-frame animation featuring the resonant voice of Brian Blessed as you know who.

In Sight, Alexandru Nechifor/UK/2013/5 min
An introverted observer tries to attain spiritual intimacy with the people that pass by him. Further painterly visions from the Edinburgh College of Art.

Everything I Can See From Here, Bjørn-Erik Aschim, Sam Taylor/UK/2013/7 min
A game of football turns deadly as an uninvited player joins in. An incredible tour de force from alumni of Sylvain Chomets’ The Illusionist.

In the Air Is Christopher Gray, Felix Massie/UK/2013/10 min (In Competition)
Felix Massie studied animation at the University of Wales, Newport, graduating in 2007. This tender tale of growing up is charming, subtle and moving.

Please note: All films listed here are eligible for The McLaren Award for New British Animation. Those marked as (In Competition) are eligible for other shorts awards.

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  • #1 Bruce Laing / Saturday 22 June, 2013 / 20:18 GMT

    There was quite a good mix and can't wait for the second one to see what lies there.

    Personal favs were 'In the Air is Christopher Grey', 'Sweetie and Sunshine' and because I am a sucker for well told immortal love stories 'The Gravedigger's Tale'

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