UWE Media Animation graduate wins prize at Film Festival

Issue date: 25 September 2009

Noesis A graduate from the University of the West of England has won a prize at the prestigious Canary Wharf Film Festival in London. Sophie Klevenow who recently graduated from the MA Media Animation at UWE entered her graduation project film entitled Noesis for the Mix: UK Category. A total of 14 films featuring live action, documentary and animation short films were entered for this category.

Sophie describes her film, “My entry was a stop motion film lasting just under four minutes. Noesis is about growing up and the loss of childhood naivety. The film is largely the result of an interest in communication, perception and memory. The term Noesis represents the mental process of acquiring knowledge by means of perception and reasoning.

“Noesis features a childlike figure with an open head blowing bubbles. The child starts off as a blank figure and throughout the film other characters apply material to its surface. Eventually the child is covered in writing or newspaper bits. At the end of the film the child's head closes up and the child gets up and becomes an adult.

“The figure is basically built as a traditional stop motion puppet from an aluminium wire construction that is covered in papier mache shells. I spent time before doing the MA at UWE as a set design assistant at various theatres in Germany and my love of puppetry is rooted in this time. I like the idea of self imposed restrictions that puppetry imposes and the challenge of trying to make animated films without using computer animation. My influences include Eastern European stop motion animations; I find the quality and tactile elements created by this form of animation very satisfying and the challenges presented by traditional animation really interesting.

“It's great to win this award at the festival where the film was premiered; Noesis has also been shown at the Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival recently. I'm now working at UWE on a collaborative project to celebrate the 40th year anniversary of the homecoming of the SS Great Britain to Bristol.

One of the judges at the Canary Wharf Film Festival, Andy Whittaker from Dogwoof Pictures describes his reaction to Sophie's film, “Beautifully done. Impressive and there's obviously some talent here.”

Chris Webster, Deputy Head of Animation at UWE said, “It's great news that Sophie's film Noesis has received this recognition and some impressive reviews. The Canary Wharf Film Festival is a prestigious event and we're delighted that a UWE graduate has done so well. The MA Media Animation programme at UWE is attracting some very talented people and it's gratifying to see that our graduates are punching their weight in a tough and competitive arena. We wish Sophie every success with her future career.”

For more information about the UWE MA Media Animation course go to http://www.uwe.ac.uk/sca/courses/mamediaanim.shtml


Editor's notes

The Canary Wharf Film Festival Judging Panel consisted of Eran Creevy (Independent director and CWFF 09 Ambassador), Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Film Editor, Metro newspaper), Liz Hobbs (Moviescope Magazine), Andy Whittaker (Founder, Dogwoof Pictures) and Mark Locke (Independent director and CWFF 08 Award winner).

The awards presented at the Festival include Mix: UK Award, the Mix: International Award, the Audience Award and the Golden Canary for the Best Short Film of the festival.

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