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Prestigious award for animators; Children of the Holocaust wins top prize for Marsden film studio Fettle Animation.

Byline: Chloe Glover News Reporter

AN animation company has won a prestigious ethical award.

Marsden-based Fettle Animation was chosen as this year's winner of the national Sandford St Martin award for best children's broadcast at a glittering ceremony at Lambeth Palace.

Producer Kath Shackleton and director Zane Whittingham beat other entrants from the BBC, CBBC and Youtube for their animated series based on accounts of the testimonies of child Holocaust survivors, called Children of the Holocaust.

It was made with BBC Learning and the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association for BBC2 and was subsequently broadcast as a one hour special on BBC4 for Holocaust Memorial Day.

The pair and Trude Silman, a Holocaust survivor, were presented with their award by the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines.

Kath Shackleton Fettle producer said. "It was such an honour to be invited to the stunning surroundings of Lambeth Palace for the ceremony. As a small studio, making our first series production, winning was a real surprise against such established programme producers.

"We are thrilled to have won, that the work of our production team and our Holocaust Survivors has been recognised and we hope that this award will encourage more people to watch our animations and to learn the lessons from the Holocaust."

Fettle Animation was one of eight winners at the ceremony, which also included the BBC and RTE.

Their films have been screened at 10 international film and animation festivals around the world, and are about to feature in the Annecy International Animation Film Festival - the world's biggest animation festival.

The films also made the shortlist for the 2014 Children's BAFTA, the 2015 British Universities Film and Video Council Learning On Screen Awards and have been nominated for a 2015 Royal Television Society Yorkshire Award.

The films are also being broadcast around the world in Austria, Sweden and Australia, being distributed by SND Films The project was supported by Creative Skillset, who boosted production by part funding graduate trainees.

The production was one of the first in the UK to benefit from the government's new Animation Tax Break schemes.


Above: Bishop of Leeds |Nick Baines presents the Sandford St Martin's Award to Fettle Animation producer Kath Shackleton, Holocaust survivor Trude Silman and director Zane Whittingham

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 9, 2015
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