Portsmouth students honoured for animation work

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Four students from Portsmouth University are celebrating after being honoured in a national film competition.

Billy Mpetha, David Sadler, Chavdar Yordanov and Dan James, beat 22 other teams comprising over 100 students from 11 UK universities to take first prize in the Best Animation Award and the Best Editing Award at the national BFX Festival.

Award-winning animation by Univesity of Portsmouth students

Award-winning animation by Univesity of Portsmouth students

Animation course leader Eva Palacios said that the students had gained valuable experience in the hard work recognised at the event in Bournemouth.

‘We always actively encourage students to participate in these festivals for the incredible experience it gives them – working as a team within a hard deadline and networking with the industry.’

Professor Catherine Harper, Dean of the university’s Creative and Cultural Industries Faculty, said: ‘I was delighted to hear that this competition led to one of our students getting a job offer from Outpost VFX.

‘Exposure of their work at BFX, which is partnered by BAFTA, is an extraordinary way to start a career in the visual effects and animation industries.’

She added that the University of Portsmouth’s animation students work with lecturers and technicians with a vast array of film experience, including Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Narnia.

Collectively, they are developing a feature length film titled Stina and the Wolf, and their work is showcased in a compilation video.

Further details of the course are at port.ac.uk/courses/art-and-design/ba-hons-animation