UWE supports 'Sharp Shotz' initiative

Issue date: 21 July 2010

Sharp Shotz Animation Competition Animation students from the University of the West of England have taken part in the Sharp Shotz Animation Competition, to help local schoolchildren and youth groups produce films that raise awareness of the consequences of drugs, guns and knives. The winning entries were premiered at the Watershed on Wednesday 21 July.

The Sharp Shotz World Premiere showcases the amazing winning films from the Sharp Shotz Animation Competition, with performances of the winning title tracks from Sharp Shotz Unsigned 2010.

Now in its third year, Sharp Shotz Animation Competition challenges young people to develop a story idea for a short animation that raises awareness of the consequences of drugs, guns and knives and delivers a message that promotes positive alternatives. Over 150 young people from schools and youth groups across the South West entered this year's competition, which is run by IDEAL in conjunction with the School of Creative Arts and Aardman Animations.

Shawn Sobers, Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts said, “The Sharp Shotz competition working with IDEAL is a positive opportunity for our students and staff to give something back to the community. This is the third year that we've been involved with the project and the students really enjoyed working with the schoolchildren to bring their ideas to life. It's a great opportunity for the students to develop their practical skills and also develop social awareness of the issues of drugs, guns and knives through the films. Too often today's young people are only seen in a negative light, for the local schoolchildren attending the premiere, it was inspirational to see what a difference they can make.”

For the first time, this year the SHARPSHOTZ finals were held during the acclaimed Animated Exeter's Film Festival, a week long celebration of some of the best and emerging talent in the business.

The finalists faced the extremely tough challenge of presenting their story ideas to a selected panel of judges from the creative industries. The winning entries are:

'Youngerz'–Jacob Letang, Sandip Vijaykunar, Nathan Doe, Liban Sheikh and Nabid Anjum from the City Academy of Bristol impressed the judging panel with their story 'The Decision' winning the Guns/knives category.

'The Tropics' – Bonnie Massey, Cait Humphrey, Matt Glanville, Will Humphrey, Jack Handley and Laura Box bowled over the judges with 'True Reflection' to win the Drugs category.

Click to view the winning films

For the second year IDEAL have partnered up with the world famous Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios to launch Sharp Shotz Unsigned, a national competition for young unsigned musicians to write and record a title track for each of the winning animations.

Entries were of an incredibly high standard and came from all over the UK. The winning entries were:
LOCI from Knowle West, Bristol with his song 'Children of War' took first place for the Guns/Knives category and CHANTS from Reading had the winning song for the Drugs Category –'I Want to Know Me'.

For more information see: www.sharp-shotz.com

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