NFTS Animation Wins 2018 BAFTA Special Jury Award!


NFTS Animation Wins 2018 BAFTA Special Jury Award!

(Lucia Bulgheroni with her award and the jury)

The NFTS Animation department has done it again with graduation animation, Inanimate, directed by Lucia Bulgheroni and produced by Lennard Ortmann winning the Special Jury Award at the 2018 BAFTA Student Film Awards, which took place at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Friday 29th June.

The Student Film Awards are a global BAFTA initiative, and a key component to BAFTA’s year round commitment to discovering and supporting new talent and career starters, whatever their background, race or gender. This year’s nine finalists were selected from 469 submissions by students at film schools in 35 countries across the world, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. 

This is Lucia’s second major award having won a prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival where it was one of just 17 films chosen from 2,426 submissions from film schools worldwide.

The Special Jury Prize was awarded to Lucia by a panel of industry luminaries including Amy Adrion (Half the Picture), Jen McGowan (Kelly & CalRust Creek), Justin Simien (Dear White People), Jon Turteltaub (National TreasureCool Runnings), Kim Yutani (Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival) and writing duo Dick Clement and Ian LaFrenais (The CommitmentsFlushed Away).

Lucia said: "Making a film is an amazing journey. What I learned most is that you have to trust yourself, because when you do that, it is actually when you start to be satisfied by yourself and make great things.”

Stop frame animation, Inanimate is about a woman who loses her certainty about reality and discovers she is much more than just a puppet: Katrine has a normal life, a normal job, a normal boyfriend and a normal apartment in a normal city. Or at least that’s what she thinks, until one day everything starts falling apart literally!

The Team:

Lucia Bulgheroni - Director/Animator; Lennard Ortmann – Producer; Drew Eu – Screenwriter; Ronnie Mcquillan – Cinematographer; Kristina Kovacs - Production Designer; Alex Mcardle - Production Manager; Raphael Pereira – Editor; Louise Burton – Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer; Jose Pavli – Composer; Niall Harty - Cg Lead; Amy Gibson - Lead Compositor; Hugh Howlett - Colourist & Online Editor

For more information about the NFTS Directing Animation MA, please visit - applications are open until July 5th and the course starts in January 2019