Animation alumni win 0117 film challenge

Issue date: 30 April 2013

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Two UWE Bristol alumni who met on the MA Animation course have won this year's 0117 Digital Short Challenge with a film that reveals the behind-the-scenes work within First Great Western's Traincare Depot in St Philips Marsh.

The 0117 Challenge is an annual competition which invites emerging filmmakers to create a short digital film on a Bristol theme. This year filmmakers, animators, visual and sound artists from across the UK were challenged to make digital shorts in just 117 hours, focusing on Bristol Temple Quarter and the theme of 'Journeys', and had to feature either the phrase 'Cheers, drive' or 'Ship-shape and Bristol fashion'. This year 20 teams and 62 emerging filmmakers took part.

Bristol Film Office supplied a large number of diverse locations within the Temple Quarter including Bristol Temple Meads train station, Passenger Shed (Brunel's old station), Bristol Wood Recycling Project and Bristol Cat and Dogs Home.

The winners, Luka Bajt and Yoon Duck Kim of team 'Bristol Sprout!' met whilst studying MA Animation at UWE Bristol. They received the £1,000 cash prize for their delightful short documentary 'Behind the Journey'.

Luka says, "The 0117 challenge has been an incredibly intense and enjoyable experience. Both of us spent nights shooting on location, the days editing or animating, and not leaving much time for sleep. For a few days we lived and experienced the hard working conditions of the night workers who we had decided to document. It gave us the opportunity to see things from another angle, the people working behind the scenes to make everything possible and the serene emptiness of Bristol at night.”

Yoon explains, “It was the hardest thing to deal with the time we had during the 0117 Challenge and it made us just keep running to the end, even without checking the direction because there was no time to go back. I think that is what '0117 Challenge' is all about."

Luka adds, “Both Yoon and I come from different parts of the world, and neither of us are born Bristolians. Even after living here for two years, I never really thought of this wonderful city as my home. But having the opportunity of meeting the incredibly friendly and helpful crew at the Bristol train depot, and being welcomed so warmly and kindly by the challenge crew, and other contestants, I really consider myself being part of this great city and its culture. This is, I feel, the biggest strength of the challenge; Creating and sustaining a very unique creative culture in Bristol, for both new and old Bristolians."

The 16 completed shorts are available on You Tube: 0117 Digital Shorts 2013.

This high-energy event was delivered in partnership by Bristol Film Office, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival , and M Shed with the support of Bristol Temple Quarter commissions.

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