Friday, 24 June 2011

Animator in Residence is on a winning streak

Wolverhampton’s Light House are again proud to announce that animator in residence, Drew Roper has managed to win several more awards over the course of this year. These are following his win in the Audience Award, Humour category for his short animation ‘The History of Denim’ at the Babelgum Animatron Festival, New York late last year. The same short film has gone on to win awards at the Isle of Wight Film Festival, Staffordshire Festival of Performing Arts and LA Best Shorts throughout 2011.

The Isle of Wight Film Festival is held in the beautiful seaside town of Ryde. On the completion of its first year, the festival had eighteen awards up for grabs. The History of Denim won Best Stop Motion Animation in April 2011, gaining praise from event organiser Nigel Montague and the audience who demanded they play the short three times!

The short picked up another award at the Staffordshire Festival of Performing Arts in April 2011, winning the Animation Award. Held in the Stoke Film Theatre, The History of Denim was chosen as best animation by judges Tony Ealey (Animation Lecturer at University Centre Blackburn College), Ray Johnson (Professor of Film Heritage at Staffordshire University) and Danny Leigh (co-host of Film 2011).

Most recently, The History of Denim scooped the Award of Merit for Animation in May 2011, at the LA Best Shorts 2011 in Los Angeles. The Best Shorts competition varies from the standard film festival, as they strive to expose talented directors, producers and actors by honoring their work and promoting awards through press releases, media/distribution outlets and blogging.

Animator Drew commented on his winning streak, "I am extremely flattered, let alone delighted to win these awards...huge thanks to all who helped out, the awards are for all their hard work. Thanks to the festivals for screening. Over the moon...If there's any more to come from the remaining festival entries I shall be speechless! "

Drew is currently based within Light House Media Centre and will be moving to a new studio in Birmingham’s Custard Factory in July 2011. You can follow Drew’s activities and view his work on his website Light House is located in the historic Chubb Buildings in Wolverhampton City Centre. For further information contact Light House on t: 01902 716055 or visit

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