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29/03/2001

BRITISH LOTTERY FUNDED FILM WINS OSCAR

A BRITISH Lottery funded short film has scored success at this year’s American Academy awards.
The British-Dutch co-production ‘Father and Daughter’, co-financed with Lottery money given by the Arts Council of England, won the Oscar for Best Short Animation film
The film, animated by Michael Dudok de Wit and Arjan Wilschut using pencil and chalks, captured the imagination of American and British Academy voters and tells the story of the relationship between a father and daughter over a period of years. The film was co-produced by British producer Sarah Jennings and Willem Thijssen. The film, which also won the BAFTA award for best short animation last month, received 50 per cent of its budget from the Arts Council of England’s Lottery Film Department.
Simon Relph, Chairman of BAFTA says: “The jury considered the film to be an outstanding and exceptional piece of animation. I'm not surprised it scooped both prizes, as it is clearly a brilliant film by a very talented film-maker. We are delighted that the film that won our Award also won the Oscar.”(AMcE)
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