Barnsley animated films nominated for awards

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Two animated films commissioned by Experience Barnsley have been nominated for awards at the Bradford Animation Festival.

Both films were supervised by animation filmmaker and story artist David Bunting, who usually works on the storyboards of Shaun the Sheep, Chuggington and Bob the Builder.

Nominated in the Commissioned Films category and directed by David, Lego Heist: Barnsley Museums was created to promote a number of animation workshops at Experience Barnsley and explored what would happen if a crew of thieves, made of Lego, carried out a heist at Barnsley town hall. It has been nominated in the ‘Commissioned Films’ category.

Nominated in the ‘Films by Young Animators’ category, Women of the Working Class is an animated short film made by young women from the youth panel at Experience Barnsley Museum to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984/85 miner’s strike.

The film was based on the research the panel gathered on the women against pit closures movement and was created from their own drawings, objects featured in the Women Against Pit Closures exhibition and lego characters.David Bunting said: “I’m chuffed to bits about both nominations which will be in the running against films from all over the world. As the biggest and longest running festival in the UK, the Bradford Animation Festival is an important event in the animation year.

“It’s a real accomplishment for everyone involved. The WAPC film is such an effecting, powerful and historically important piece of work, that I’m sure will resonate with audiences.

“With the Lego Heist film, Experience Barnsley’s idea of promoting a series of children’s animation workshops by commissioning a short animated advert was boldly ambitious and creative and I had a lot of fun directing it.”