A group of MMU’s Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM) students won the Flying Elephant Award at the Animation Masters Summit organised by Toonz Animation, India. In the Animation Short Film category, the Malaysian team topped some upcoming talents in the film industry including runner-ups from Indonesia, Taiwan, and China.
The summit, held in Trivandrum, Kerala, India on 5-6 May recently, featured leading animators from all around the world. Among them were lFred Wang, Vice President of the China Film Foundation; Lauren Glaubach, Head of Programming and Strategic Management, YouTube Family and Learning; Amy Blair, Programming Manager, YouTube Kids; and John McKenna, creative producer, among others.
Tan Lih Haur, (lead animator); Wong Jin Yao (director, editor, lighting and shading artist); Woon Chee Khai (modelling artist, lighting and shading artist, simulation and effects artist, compositor); and Kong Wei Cheng (art director, animator, digital matte artist), bagged the award for their animated short film “The Cliff House”, the story of an old man determined to build a tower in order to reach his goals.
According to the team, “The Cliff House” was initially its final year project which was submitted as the final year project to graduate by November, last year. “We felt the impulse to polish up the film and the team had it completed by March before deciding to post as many entries as possible for various competitions, both at the local and international stage” He added that the short film also earned a nomination the 4th International Festival of Short Films on Culture & Tourism which was held in March at Jaipur, India.
Congratulations to “The Cliff House” team for going the distance.