Festivals love Jai Evora!

No surprise to us, Jai’s films are a hit on the festival circuit! “Going Forward” just WON 2nd Best Super Short Film in Košice International Monthly Film Festival, Košice, Slovakia.

So far, in the span of four months, it has received 16 laurels from different countries in North America, the UK, and Europe. This includes an Honourable Mention it got for New Cinema in the Lisbon Film Festival, and being a finalist in Prague International Film Festival.

And “Diana” is in its 4th festival – FROSTBITE International Indie Film Fest, Colorado Springs, US. Both great films – expect more festival success!


Animation is a very vocational skill, but we also recognise that it can be a sophisticated art form. Our course supports all forms and formats of production:

  • Staff all have industry experience and a range of creative specialisms – from stop frame animation, to documentaries and graphic novels.
  • Contact time with tutors is a priority, so we keep our class sizes small, and give you the attention that you need to make the most interesting projects possible.
  • We bring the industry into the classroom with live projects and competitions – we know that there is nothing better than seeing your work in the real world.

Stephen Ryley – Course Leader

“The real fun starts when you step outside your comfort zone.” 
Stephen has years of experience as a lecturer – his bootcamps in the first year of your studies are an intense and fun introduction to your career as an artist and filmmaker.

Animation technician – new appointment

We are very fortunate to have a rare animal on our team – a full time, dedicated Animation Technician!

Something needs fixing, connecting, making, or breaking in an interesting way?  – he is here to help you.

Robert Morgan – Stop Motion

Animating a puppet and bringing it to life is quite a magical experience. It’s like being Victor Frankenstein: “It’s ALIVE!”

Robert Morgan is a multi award winning filmmaker. At the tender age of three, he developed a passion for cinema when he saw Fiend Without A Face (1958) – as a result, he became a weird kid obsessed with monsters and the things that hide under rocks.

He recently finished making a new short film, and is now developing various feature length projects.

Ron MacRae – Visual Narrative

“The best animation can make the strange seem familiar, and the familiar appear strange.”

Ron has worked on many classic British animated shorts; like Pleasures of War (Ruth Lingford), Abductees (Paul Vester), and A is for Autism (Tim Webb).  He’s a master of visual narrative, and will encourage you to venture way beyond the obvious in your own films.

Tereza Stehlíková – Research and Documentary

Tereza is an artist working in primarily in moving image. She holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art.

She is currently engaged in a cross-disciplinary research, exploring how moving image can be used to capture and communicate multi-sensory experience and embodied memory.

Julie Innes – Digital Animation

“Our screens rely on animation to bring them life – a career in animation puts you at the creative front of a fast expanding industry.  Films, games, graphics, apps – be a content maker.”

Julie has a background in Fine Arts, and worked for several years in documentary film.  She then worked as a freelancer making animated graphics for broadcast television – BBC and SKY 1.  She has also published academic research papers about virtual worlds: from paper theatres to VR.

She is currently working on her first graphic novel.

Hotessa Laurence – Animation and Drawing

“Animation is the art of the impossible. Imagining absolutely anything, no matter how incredible and making it real.”

A filmmaker and illustrator with more than 18 years experience, Tess was a co-founder and director of ‘Belzebu Films’ before moving her company to ‘Bermuda Shorts’.  She now currently works as a freelance director and illustrator.

Sylvie Bringas – Animated Documentary

‘Animation teaches you patience, self-control and the ability to adapt to a constantly changing situation. It is Kung Fu with a pencil.’

Sylvie has directed and produced many award winning animation films, for Channel Four, S4C, the Arts Council of England and the BBC.  She makes documentary films,teaches animation at universities in Nigeria, and lectures at the Royal College of Art.


Westminster has a great range of facilities – lots of studio access and contact time with tutors. We make good use of the green screen studio, sounding recording facilities, multi skills workshop – and of course the Emerging Media Space.


We have extensive stop motion facilities – large studios and a multi-skills workshop – as well as a dedicated technician. Here are a couple of examples of student work…

This film was made during our Year 2 stop motion production module, and was later selected for inclusion on the Disney Channel. Amalie has recently graduated from the National Film and Television School, where she mastered in Animation Direction.
This witty graduation film was a finalist at the Royal Television Society Student Film Awards. Beatriz is now a successful freelance animator.

Update: Winner at SPLICE – Brooklyn

We can’t believe it – well actually we can!  Melanie Campbell ‘s graduation film  ‘Best in Show’ has just won best STUDENT ANIMATION!  The is an amazing achievement – chosen from 29 student films shortlisted worldwide – enjoy your trip toNew York Melanie.

It’s great to see such a beautiful film getting the international recognition it deserves!

High praise from Ruth Lingford!

The  Westminster Animation Awards (Wammies) were presented at the Animation Degree Show at  the University’s Regent Street Cinema in central London on Thursday 7 June 2018.

One of the special guests was Ruth Lingford, who was the external examiner when the Animation degree started in 2002. Ruth is now director of undergraduate studies in the department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and had this to say about the showcase;

“It was such a pleasure to see the students exploring the possibilities of this wonderful medium with such creativity and energy.  There was a lot of variety of technique and approach, with some strong new voices emerging.

My own personal favourites were:

Best in Show, which had stunning design and subtle model animation.
At Sea, which avoided cliché to create a visual language to express nuanced emotions. I found it very moving.
Brain Chatter, which combined virtuosic technique with wild imagination.
Origami, a subtle piece of animation with beautifully controlled timing and editing, telling a simple story with many layers of resonance.
But the standard generally was high, and all the films had something original and interesting.

I hope your students do well after graduation, and I expect to see some of these voices develop.”

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Stephen Ryley, chair of the animation jury and Course Leader for the Animation course, explained: “The Wammies recognise significant achievements in a variety of conceptual, technical and aesthetic fields by student animators on our Animation BA Honours programme.”

This year’s Wammy winners were:

  • Alicia Wengler ( Most Improved Inagural Project)  for “Inanis
  • Rebecca Bent ( Imaginative use of sound and editing) for “Pest
  • Best Creative Process was awarded to Danielle Ong for her film “Duvet
  • Best sound design went to Sahanshil Dangol for Dormant
  • Best technical achievement  was awarded to Ivelina Ivanova and Svetlana Mahakyan for their film “le Fee de la Foret
  • The award for the most improved graduation project went to Jefferson Galvez for “at Sea
  • Melanie Campbell scooped a “double Wammy”,  -winning both the best art direction category, and the coveted Public Choice Award, with her stop-frame film “Best in Show”.

Melanie said: “I was so surprised to receive these awards but it feels incredible to have all the hard work I put into making the film recognised. I began this journey six months ago making felt flowers, designing and building the character and planning the story. I have absolutely loved the journey. Stop motion is my passion and something I want to pursue for the rest of my life.”

Our students have produced some truly world-class animated films this year, and so the jury was spoilt for choice. I am sure these are not the only awards our students will be winning, as their films make their way around the international festival circuit.

Best in Show