UWE animation students promote cancer research

Issue date: 26 April 2010

A team of Animation students from the School of Creative Arts at the University of the West of England (UWE) have won first prize in a competition organised by the charity, Killing Cancer.

Final year students Adam Davis, Tom Gran and Andreas Niklas won £5000 for their two minute film which was synced to an edit of a charity single, written by Hawkwind guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton and his wife Marion. The single aims to promote the work of Killing Cancer and raise funds to invest in Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) treatment for cancer patients.

Huw and Marion became involved with the charity when they were researching cancer treatment for a friend and were inspired to do something to help raise the profile of PDT treatment with a charity single. Bassist and friend Richard Gillespie suggested running an animation competition to involve students from universities around the UK in creating their own interpretation of the track.

Marion contacted universities across the UK and, by March 2010, had received 60 submissions from students at 10 universities. These were narrowed down to 17 finalists who attended a screening and awards day in London in March, where Adam, Tom and Andreas were named as the winning team.

The judging panel included BBC Executive Producer, Michael Poole, Animator, Nicholas Uff, and Chairman of Killing Cancer, David Longman.

Killing Cancer Chairman, David Longman said: "The standard of entries for the competition was astounding and it is a true reflection of the quality of Adam, Tom and Andreas' work that they won.

"The record, and the winning film, will really help us to change cancer treatment for millions - maybe billions - of people through raising money to invest into PDT treatment and research."

Of winning the award, Andreas said: "The competition gave us valuable experience in working as a unit to a brief and a deadline. The prize-money will give us a kick start in setting up our own studio when we graduate."

More work from Adam, Tom and Andreas can be found on their website

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