The London Horror Society attended the 5th annual Sunrise 2013 Online Film Festival Awards Ceremony. The event was run by Ditto, and took place at their Lighthouse studio in London in association with Norwich University of the Arts.
Ditto's Lighthouse studio is extremely well hidden within the thriving Angel area of London, but once found we quickly realised that the search was well worth it.
On our arrival we were greeted with complimentary popcorn and nachos and a bar packed full of wine and beer. In short, we both felt right at home amongst this lovely bunch of strangers.
The aim of Sunrise is to champion the latest independent filmmakers and animators, helping emerging talent achieve their first break within the industry.
The event welcomed "Elliot Grove, founder and director of Raindance Film Festival, and Arnfinn Moseng from the BAFTA winning animation studio Blue Zoo, as our guest speakers, sharing their insights and inspiration with all present. The night will culminate with the announcing of the winners and the presentation of their amazing prizes, including internships at Blue Zoo animation studios and Mustard TV, Raindance film-making courses, and a tour of the Stanley Kubrick Archive."
After exchanging some brief introductory pleasantries with Ditto's fantastic staff, it was down to business and our first stop was the quite astounding exhibition of the work of Matt Needle. "A talented designer and illustrator, Matt has worked with many high profile clients such as Armani, Nike, Little White Lies Magazine, Clash Magazine, Wired, Hugo Boss, The Big Chill Festival, CNN and many more." Matt is an avid film fan and this exhibition reflected this with a "selection of film-related artworks inspired by the
likes of The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, Mulholland Drive, and Blue Velvet."
Next up was two fascinating talks from "Elliot Grove, founder and director of Raindance Film Festival, and Arnfinn Moseng from the BAFTA winning animation studio Blue Zoo" both of whom shared their thoughts and experiences from they very different but accomplished time working within the Film and Animation industries respectively. Finally, it was time for the awards ceremony, which showcased the work of some incredibly talented students in both Film and TV.
Some pieces were inevitably stronger than others but the overall standard and passion was undeniable and promises that the industry will be in safe hands for generations to come.
Sunrise is not only a fantastic festival for students to showcase their work, it is a great networking opportunity for media professionals all sectors and skillsets. Events such as this are too few and Ditto must be congratulated for they determination to champion undiscovered talent and provide them with an opportunity to not only showcase their talent, but to express themselves.
Roll on next time!