From a story about a bored office worker’s imaginary adventures on a toy plane to a tale about a chef’s battle with an octopus - films by Norwich’s next generation of filmmakers are being showcased in an online festival.

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The fifth annual Sunrise online film festival features 21 films from Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) students.

The students – who are in their final year of film and moving image production, animation, or games art and design courses – are competing for the Public Vote Award and Critics Choice Award, and people can watch their films online and vote for their favourite.

The festival is a partnership between NUA and London-based agency ditto, and supported by the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and Mustard TV.

Keith Bartlett, pro vice-chancellor (quality) and dean of media at NUA, said: “The Sunrise 2013 festival is proving to be a spectacular showcase for media students at Norwich University of the Arts – with a week to go the public voting the tally is already well over triple the final total achieved last year. An incredible 239,000 votes have been cast for the 21 short films and animations so far. We encourage everyone to visit the ditto.tv website before the voting deadline on 18 July and view the work of talented students from Norwich.”

Among the film entries is Herbert by Chloe Hamer, who during her course has been specialising in making puppets and sets and developing her animation and compositing skills.

About her film, she said: “Herbert is stop motion animation based around the life of a bored office worker with an unfulfilled life. On a lunch break in a city park, a child’s toy plane distracts him. The toy opens up an imaginary world where he has fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an aviator and is parading the skies in his plane.”

Animator Jack Purling, who is skilled in both traditional and digital hand-drawn animation, has submitted his film Hobo with an Oboe.

About the film, he said: “After seeing the amount of money to be made from busking, a hobo seeks a way to get the crowd’s attention and money. Little does he know busking is a harsh, territorial lifestyle. A bum on the drum is not too pleased with the hobo being on his turf.”

Meanwhile Kevin Brito Jonas, who is currently specialising in 3D animation, has created a film called How to Cook an Octopus.

“This animation is about a cocky Japanese chef trying to cook an octopus. However not everything goes as planned and a battle between a chef and his dish begins,” he said.

Michael Clarke’s current work focuses on a digital mixed media style and his Sunrise entry is called INK.

He said: “INK is a short animated film/mural about the last century of Irish history. Featuring some important figures from both sides of the conflict it concludes with the amalgamation of the good and bad, representing the progress that has been made over time.”

• To see all the films in the 2013 Sunrise festival visit www.ditto.tv/sunrise/

Voting closes midday on July 18.

• For more visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk/what-s-on/sunrise-film-festival and www.edp24.co.uk/what-s-on/sunrise-film-festival

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