Short film by animation students selected for Oscar & BAFTA qualifying festival

22 August 2019

A short film by BA (Hons) Animation students Cameron Cook, Damian Jenorowski and Prathik Poojary has been selected for screening by the Oscar and BAFTA qualifying Encounters Film Festival.

The short animated documentary AfterLives was created by the students as part of their second year of study and will be shown at Bristol's Arnolfini, as part of the UK Student Competition on Thursday 26th September at 1:30 pm.

Encounters is the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival. The jam-packed programme presents a diverse selection of short film screenings, features, special guests, Q&A’s and headline events, alongside an intensive industry event programme with high level masterclasses and workshops. The festival is held in Bristol from 24th to 29th September 2019.

Image synopsis: It’s one of life’s greatest mysteries: what happens after we die? Everyone has their own answer, but no two are the same.

Here's what Cameron, Damian and Prathik say about the film:

“AfterLives is an animated documentary that adapts a series of interviews we cast amongst the general public in March 2019. The subject matter was chosen as it would be an interesting challenge to visualise people’s beliefs and interpretations of heaven, hell and other such things. The interviewees were kept anonymous and represented with animal characters (of their choosing).

Despite the subject matter, AfterLives is a light-hearted and comedic film. This is mostly due to the use of anthropomorphic characters, but it’s also because of how upbeat each interview turned out. While the thought of death is not a very pleasant one, this film shows us that we find humour in the fact that we don’t know what comes next.”

About the director:

Cameron Cook is a director, animator and storyboard artist based in the UK. He has always had a keen interest in traditional character animation, with particular focus on dialogue. In 2018, he won a D&AD New Blood Award for his work on the Beano comic strip characters. He is currently studying BA (Hons) Animation at Leeds Arts University and is due to graduate in 2020.