Sunday, September 25, 2011

I wish I went to Ecuador lauches in festivals this Autumn

Well blimey, it's been busy! So many things to talk about, but none more exciting than the growing momentum of Bricknell Primary School's conservation animated documentary for One Hull of Rainforest, "I wish I went to Ecuador".. This is the forth film I've been involved with at Bricknell Primary, and it's always an incredible environment to work in. When Bricknell createanimation, they really mean business and they realise the huge learning outcomes  animation achieves with their learners. The teachers at Bricknell are skilled in animation now, and so this time, I and they wanted me to push animation to a new level at the school. So we worked with all the pupils at the school, over 600 pupils to make a film so huge it only feels big enough on a cinema screen!.

This week’s exciting news is it has been selected for viewing online on Your World View.
YourWorldView connects the Voices, shares the Views, and showcases the Visions of students and young people globally through film and discussion. Films featured on the site create an interactive environment to explore and discuss issues of international interest. YourWorldView supports users to engage directly with new and emerging filmmakers around the world.

While the film has been designed for the big cinema screen and surround sound, it's still worth a view online. And it would be great to hear everyone reactions on the comment and voting page. Already, we have had some incredible feedback from people. John Lemmon, American director in Charlotte, USA sent me a personal email to congratulate the children:

“I think it's very well done. The children and teacher voices are quite charming and the animation is inventive. I love all the moving camera shots and the detailed sets. The film is a strong call to environmental action.”
I'm pleased to announce festivals where you can see the film in it's big screen glory.

First up is the 3rd Kids for Kids UK Film Festival, Saturday 29th October at the Empire Cinema in Consett where it's nominated in the 6-12 years screening in the Animation Category.

The film is also nominated at the Bradford Animation Festival in the Films for Young Animators Category – which Bricknell won in 2008 with Up Up and Away. Screening at 12pm Thursday 9th November the National Media Museum in Bradford.

Outside the UK, the film receives its South Asia premiere at the Chinh India Kids Film Festival in New Delhi, India on November 9-15, 2011, where it's nominated in the Kids for Kids category.