As part of this year’s Camberley International Festival, Camberley Theatre will once again be hosting the Short Film and Animation Competition. Last year saw entries from as far afield as Italy and Spain before being won by two students a little nearer to home – from Farnborough 6th Form College.

In fact, last year’s winners, Evie Gordon and Francis Cousins have been invited to sit on this year’s judging panel. They will join Juliet Aubrey – the BAFTA Award winning actress and C.I.F. patron, Robert Doherty (Disney, ITV, Aardman, Cake) and Jason Glenister (Unicorn XP, Zentro).

The deadline for entries is May 31st, the shortlist will be shown in the main auditorium of Camberley Theatre and winners announced on Thursday 21st June. The winners will be presented with their trophies by Juliet Aubrey.

Aspiring film makers and animators are invited to submit their films by sending YouTube or Vimeo links to films must be ten minutes or under and can be short film, documentary, experimental or animation.

On the evening of 21st June, the theatre have also organised masterclasses and panel discussions with industry experts. These sessions are free to attend and all are invited to attend, from students and film enthusiasts, to anyone with an interest in film and animation.

Gavin Irvine is a multi-award winning Northern Irish writer/director based in London. Gavin won the 2018 Special Jury Award at the Canada Independent Film Festival in Montreal, for his surreal comedy, ‘2:40 to London’, which also won him Best Director and Best Short at the Portugal International Film Festival in 2017. Gavin’s masterclass will be focusing on the process of making a short film; from script to screen and how to promote it afterwards.

Joseph Wallace is a BAFTA Cyrmu nominated animation and puppetry director. His latest music video for the American band Sparks trended on both Youtube and Vimeo, was featured on countless websites and blogs. Extracts were also played on BBC’s ‘Newsnight’ and the ‘One Show’ with the video also featuring on the Guardian online. Joeseph’s masterclass will feature creating cinematic animated films from humble materials.

Andy Wyatt is a Director of Animation Associates and is the UK and Ireland’s Toon Boom ambassador, and is the first point of contact for anyone who wants to know anything about Toon Boom animation software, and how it can be used by a studio, a freelancer, a university or a student. This presentation will explore techniques as well as examples from recent animation produced using ToonBoon tools.

The panel discussion will cover ‘How To Get Started and What’s Hot Within The Industry Right Now?’ and will feature Roberty Doherty, Emma Calder, Jason Glenister and Harriet Titlow. These panelists between them have worked in all areas of the animation and film world and include recently graduated Harriet Titlow, giving an insight into making your way into the film and animation industry.

All masterclasses and discussions will include Q&A sessions with the audience.
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