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Repeat Hamburg Animation Award-winners

Repeat Hamburg Animation Award-winners

Lifeway College will be looking to make it 3 for 3 as they enter student work from their highly acclaimed diploma in 3D animation programme into this year’s prestigious Hamburg Animation Awards.

Hamburg is the leading centre for animation in Germany, having produced numerous successful German TV series and feature films including Felix, Werner, Lauras Stem and Jasper Der Pinguin.

The Auckland City Council signed a strategic alliance with Hamburg in 2007 to support opportunities for growth in key sectors and to encourage best-practice learning, particularly in the areas of tourism, education, trade, services, biotechnology and creative industries. As part of the strategic alliance and in support of the City’s creative sector, Auckland City Council is promoting the annual Hamburg Animation Awards.

In 2008, Lifeway College entered an end-of-year project by graduate Austin Hillbrecht, a short film entitled ‘The Missing Sock’ which nabbed him the ‘Country Award’ for aspiring animation artists from New Zealand.

As part of his prize, Austin received 2000 Euros (NZ $4000), an all expenses paid trip to Hamburg to receive the award at Hamburg’s historic Schmidt’s Tivoli Theatre and a chance to meet with Disney character designer, Stephen Silver.

Lifeway College again entered the Awards in 2009 with a project by first-year student Jono Mafi, entitled “Pride comes before a fall”. This film snatched up the Auckland Technical Award category and was highly commended by the panel of industry representatives.

“With a stringent selection process for students wanting to study at Lifeway’s Advanced Animation College, we get New Zealand’s best aspiring movie makers creating fantastic, inspirational and engaging films” says Craig Hansen, Lifeway College Principal.

This year, Lifeway College has a great list of entries lined up, with the quality and sophistication of student increasing every year. Six student films will be entered in 2010, including Mark McNichols’ Living Music, Abstract Hour by Joshua Palmer and Ricky Boyce’s epic project, “the Hidden Watch”

These as well as other exciting entries can all be viewed on Lifeway College’s YouTube Channel:


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