SAUSAGE, the animated short film by London born designer Robert Grieves and a current contender for the soon to be announced Oscar shortlist, will make its online premiere on the 3rd November, to mark the launch of ‘British Sausage Week’. After a year on the film festival circuit and winning a host of top international prizes along the way, SAUSAGE will finally be available and free for all to see online, as the nation celebrates one of its favourite foods.
The film got off to a hot start earlier this year, picking up top awards in all three of its first UK festival appearances. It picked up Best Animation at The UK Film Festival and Best Short at PROMAX UK, but it was winning Best Animation at the Foyle Film Festival that secured SAUSAGE a coveted place on the Oscars consideration list and proved that independent films can indeed compete at top level.
The entirely s elf funded and animated six minute film, Grieves’s first narrative creation, has also swept up an impressive number of top international awards at festivals including the Mexico International Film Festival, the Amsterdam Film Festival and the NYC Indie Film Festival.
With a fine blend of adult and children’s humour, the film explores topical food ethics as it tells of the battle between two artisan market sellers and a slick new fast food vendor, a metaphor for the supermarket giants who threaten the future of local suppliers. The combination of its appealing retro design and highly topical issue caught the attention of the British Council and the film is now being shown in schools throughout the UK. Since Aug 2013, SAUSAGE has been enjoyed by critics and family audiences at film festivals in over 50 locations across the globe, including Brazil, Australia, Japan, USA, Russia and Kazakhstan.
SAUSAGE trailer and other marketing materials can be located at www.SausageFilm.net/press
For more info on British Sausage Week http://www.britishsausageweek.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
Bio – With a degree in Illustration and MA in Moving Image, Robert’s 15 year career has been grounded in Motion Graphics in both London and Sydney. He regularly works with the BBC and ABC, as well as other major broadcasters such as Disney and the History Channel, collecting two Gold Promax/BDA awards along the way.
Robert’s also created interactive animations for Madame Tussaud’s and Cirque du Soleil, as well as animated backdrops for Hairspray the Musical and the London Olympic Ceremonies.
Recently he’s focused online, helping charities such as The Red Cross and Big Lottery Fund build campaign awareness. And for Adidas he created their animated World Cup highlights for Brazil.
Two new experiences of teaching at Camberwell College of Arts and touring the film festival circuit have ignited an interest his journalism, which Robert intends to expand as a contributor to online animation magazine, Skwigly.
2015 Oscar Qualified ; ‘Best Animation’ – Mexico International Film Fest ; ‘Grand Jury Prize’ – Amsterdam Film Fest ; ‘Best Animation’ – Foyle Film Fest ; ‘Best Animated Short’ – NYC Indie Film Fest ; ‘Best Short’ – Food Film Festival (Croatia) ; ‘Best Animation’ – The UK Film Fest ; ‘Best Short’ – PROMAX UK ; ‘Best Short’ (runner up) – Food Film Festival (Holland)
For further information contact either
Robert Grieves – [email protected] or +44 (0)7557 911 082
Becky Mew – Becky Mew PR – [email protected] or +44 (0) 7921566072.