Monday, November 22, 2010

Disabled filmmakers in Britain win award for animated short

From the Witney Gazette in the UK:

A group of aspiring filmmakers with learning disabilities have won their own version of an Oscar in a national competition.

The users of Carterton Daytime Support won best animation at Oxford Film and Video Maker’s (OFVM) Flash Forward Film Festival, held at the Vue Cinema, Blackbird Leys.

The four-minute film, Amazing Animation, used clay figures, known as ‘claymation’, to tell stories from the imagination of group users.

Project Leader Selina Crozier said it was “amazing” to win.

She added: “We couldn’t have wished for a better outcome. It was very emotional. The guys haven’t stopped talking about it.”

One of the filmmakers, John Parratt, 45, said he was “really happy”, but “amazed”, to have won the award.

He added: “I didn’t think we would do it until I saw it on the big screen.’”

Mr Parratt’s segment of the film was about the dangers of smoking.