Thursday and Friday I was back in Newport as The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling returned to Wales to screen at Ffresh Student Moving Image Festival. The film was nominated for two awards: Best Animation (which We Weren't The First Ones Here won last year) and a new category Best UK Graduate Animation. I didn't win either but did win 2nd Prize Royal Television Society Student Animation Award which was nice. The RTS Wales centre described the film as having "sophisticated imagery and music".
Ffresh festival goes from strength to strength; this year had an impressive programme with guests such as Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies), Asif Kapadia (Senna) and Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation). My festival highlights included a panel discussing the differences between festival circuit and internet release with Liz Harkman from Encounters and Matt Lambert, editor-at-large for Motionographer, as well as an informative talk by Merlin Crossingham from Aardman who is Creative Director of Wallace and Gromit.