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Friday, July 25, 2014
A musical adaptation of the classic novel Frankenstein has been crowned best film in an annual media awards ceremony.
The Sunrise Awards - which are now in their sixth year and give Norwich University of the Arts students the chance to showcase their work online - saw 21 short films compete for the accolades of Best Film, Critics Choice and Best Awareness Campaign.
“The films this year have really shone with style and technique - the prizes were fiercely contested,” said Tone Davies, head of film and video at Ditto TV which organises the awards.
At a London awards ceremony last Thursday, the prize for Best Film was presented to Kevin Smy, Georgi Chapman and Tim Chang for their short film Frankenstein.
Their work inspired by the Mary Shelley novel focuses on the psychological struggle of Frankenstein’s Monster has he debates right, wrong and the value of life. As well as receiving a Sunrise award, the trio have won a one-week internship with Ditto TV’s film and video department and a year’s subscription for Little White Lies magazine.
The Critics Choice award was presented to Rob Phillips for his film Polaroid, which explores the consequence of a traumatic childhood experience through the eyes of a young woman. As part of his prize, Mr Phillips has been given a one-week internship with the EDP and Norwich Evening News’ sister TV station Mustard TV.
The Awareness Award winner was named as Maisie Tuckett, for her film Nine Reasons To Take Drugs which gives a graphic overview of the potential fate of people who contemplate drug-taking. The award’s prize included a six-month subscription to Radar Music Videos.
The Sunrise Awards 2014 was held by Ditto in partnership with NUA, and all the winners are 2014 graduates of NUA’s BA Hons Animation course.
Professor Suzie Hanna, senior lecturer for the course and chairman of Animation Education at NUA, said the partnership started six years ago and the awards offered exciting opportunities for student and graduate filmmakers.
“Students have benefitted from this collaboration, winning internships at Ditto, Blue Zoo and Mustard TV amongst other prizes. Ditto have also commissioned work from NUA graduates and given them employment on high profile projects over the years,” she said.
“I attended the Sunrise awards at Ditto last week and this presentation was combined with a brilliant talk by the award winning photographer Hector Mediavilla. Many graduates attended the event including some from last year’s cohort. There was a great atmosphere and the successful students were absolutely delighted with their prizes. Last year animation graduate Joe Kinch won the Ditto award of an internship at Blue Zoo animation where he is now a full time employee. I look forward to developing even more opportunities, it is an important friendship for us and our students.”
Norwich Evening News and Eastern Daily Press, Mustard TV, and Outsider TV were 2014 media partners.
• To watch the films of all the entrants visit http://www.playworks.tv/sunrise-2014/