Leeds Arts University alumni clean up at film festival animation competition

15 December 2020

Leeds Arts University graduates have won top prizes in the Holmfirth Film Festival’s, Doctor Simpo's grand Animated Antidote Competition.

Recent 2020 BA (Hons) Animation graduate, Carla Querol Pelaez won in the Student category with her entry ‘Curing Covid With Leeches’, also winning £150 of prize money. BA (Hons) Animation alumni, Christopher Harry, won in the Professional Adult category and £300 of prize money with his animation ‘Day at Beach’.

Image: Still from Carla Querol Pelaez, Curing Covid With Leeches, 2020, winner of the Student category. 

At the start of lockdown Holmfirth Film Festival invited film makers of all ages to make a short animation in response to Covid in Doctor Simpo's grand Animated Antidoate Competition. Animators were asked to submit films, with Leeds Arts University graduates winning in two of three categories in the competition.

The prize money has been contributed by the Festival and Richard Bates of Bates Mill Creative Spaces; Huddersfield. Speaking about Carla Querol Pelaez's winning entry Richard said the film was 'Creative, captured the sense of boredom and was well realised - dark but playful', whilst Christopher Harry’s ‘Day at Beach’ had 'good gags, was well animated and the timing was excellent'.

Image: Still from Christopher Harry, Day at Beach, Professional Adult category.

The winning films can be seen alongside all the entries to the competition HERE.