Animex Adds Aardman Award

Animex, an annual, international festival of student animation and computer games, has announced the addition of the Aardman Award for Storytelling for the 2008 edition. The new prize will be available to students in the European Union who have produced a frame-by-frame or computer-assisted animated film made between Oct. 1, 2006 and Oct. 1, 2007.

The winner of the Aardman Award for Storytelling will receive an expenses-paid trip to Aardman’s U.K. studio in Bristol, as well as a few days with studio personnel to discuss the development of the recipient’s script and film.

Paula Newport, head of human resources at Aardman, remarks, ‘We’re really excited about the prospect of providing dramaturgical/script support for the winner of the Aardman Award for Storytelling. It’s an exciting time for the studio at the moment as we embark on a new three-year deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment. We are also looking forward to the prospect of engaging with some of the fresh and exciting student work that is submitted into the Animex Awards.’

Submissions must be received before Oct. 1, 2007. For more information and an application form, go to to www.animex.net/awards or email Justin Greetham at [email protected] The next Animex Awards will be held Feb. 4-8, 2008, at the University of Teesside in Middlesbrough, U.K.