THE EVENING HER MIND JUMPED OUT OF HER HEAD has won the Encounters Award for Best Animated Short Film at LSFF 2016

We’re delighted to announce that our film THE EVENING HER MIND JUMPED OUT OF HER HEAD has won the Encounters Award for Best Animated Short Film at this year’s London Short Film Festival.

We take the chance to congratulate and say thank you to everyone involved in the film: writer Sarah Woolner, actors Penelope McGhie & Paul Mundell, composer Alex Harwood, editor Fiona De Souza, Sound designer David Pringle, the whole team at Watford Borough Council, Watford Museum , Watford Big Events and Watford Palace Theatre.

The film was generously funded by  Watford Borough Council, for Watford Big Events in collaboration with Watford Palace Theatre.

THE EVENING HER MIND JUMPED OUT OF HER HEAD has won the Encounters Award for Best Animated Short Film at LSFF 2016


“The evening her mind jumped out of her head” will be screening at this years London International Animation Festival at the Barbican Centre, London on December 4th at 21:00. The film will be part of the British Showcase section on the opening evening of this years festival

Building on previous years, LIAF pull out all the stops to bring as much new British animation to the big screen as possible. This is an exceptional opportunity to see what British animators are doing, how they’re doing it and how the art form is travelling.

Alongside the screening, there is a chance to hear most of the filmmakers introduce their films and talk about their work.

Tickets will be available via the Barbican from 23rd October

The film was originally commissioned for the Watford Big Events series

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London Short Film Festival

“The Evening Her Mind Jumped Out Of Head” has been chosen by the “London Short Film Festival” film festival to screen between the 8th-17th January. This come off the back of screenings at Encounters, Edinburgh Film Festival and Anima Mundi in Brazil.

LSFF Laurel 2016

  2.  NEW SHORTS: ANIMATION SELECTION at ICA, 17/01/2016 18:00

The London Short Film Festival returns to London for the 12th year to be as confrontational as ever and prove that the UK is truly a hotbed of film creativity.

The London Short Film Festival, now in its 12th year, has been recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film. For the January 2015 Festival, we are opening to international filmmakers.

Renowned for daring cross-arts programming, we have showcased the very best of the country’s raw talent for 11 years. The London Short Film Festival is a Mecca for the UK’s young creative talent and a significant date in the UK film calender.

Every year the Festival’s large and loyal audience flock to screenings and events, and this network has grown steadily over almost a decade.

A brief history

In 2003 Philip Ilson and Kate Taylor organised the first Halloween Short Film Festival at the ICA. This was formed as a continuation of The Halloween Short Film Club which Philip had been programming since 1994. In 2008 the festival became the London Short Film Festival and has been growing year-on-year to take in more films, live music, industry and training events and diverse, high-quality venues.

Kate Taylor’s last Festival was in 2009 and since then the Festival Producer has been Carla MacKinnon (2010), Chloe Roddick (2011 – 2012), Cassandra Neal (2013 – 2014), and we now welcome Joanna Duncombe as the 2015 Producer alongside a new partnership with Shooting People (who have created a new Festival submissions platform: flock).

The team

  • Philip Ilson (Festival Director)
  • Joanna Duncombe (Festival Producer)

2013 facts & figures

  • Over 7,000 tickets sold
  • 75+ events across 10 days and 25 venues
  • 85% of events sold to capacity
  • Over 300 films screened

What they say

“The Best Short Film Festival in the World” – Guardian Guide

“Too good a party to miss” – Time Out

“A London bastion of cutting-edge short films and multimedia” – The Times

“Film fans who prefer multimedia thrills to multiplex fodder have flocked to this festival since its inception” – Metro

“Excellent film/music festival” – Critics Choice, Time Out

“This is a festival not afraid to take creative risks and nurture new talent, something rarely seen in this age of austerity and conformity.” – i-D Magazine

“With so few platforms left for aspiring directors, DoPs, editors and actors their hone their art, the LSFF has never been more vital.” – CineVue

“You could experience 20 things in the time it takes to watch The Hobbit. Take that Bilbo!” – Guardian Guide 2013

London Short Film Festival

Skwigly review

Last week our film “The evening her mind jumped out of her head” screened at Encounters, curated by Kieran Argo. The wonderful Skiwgly online animation magazine gave us a charming review written by Ben Mitchell: he cleverly captured our film in a nutshell and included a lovely mention to our fabulous and super creative commissioners at Watford.

In fact you are better off reading his review than my ramblings…

Full article here

Skwigly review

At Bristol Encounters

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“The Evening Her Mind Jumped Out Of Head” has been chosen by the “Encounters” film festival to screen between the 15th-20th September. This come off the back of screenings at Edinburgh Film Festival and Anima Mundi in Brazil.

SCREENING 16th September 2015

“The Evening Her Mind Jumped Out Of Head”

SCREENING 16th September 2015
14:00 – 15:30
£5 / £4.50 CONC

Sit back and drift through this wonderful galaxy of animated worlds where experimentation is the name of the game. Each of these brilliant films flood your senses; visually, aurally and emotionally. Many of the films are experimental whilst a few have dramatic stories to tell. Most of them offer a bold and immensely colourful vision whilst others are more stark and ethereal. All are the novel products of highly creative minds.

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We would like to thank the crew and team behind the commission and support from Watford Palace Theatre, Watford Borough Council and Watford Museum.

The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. Encounters is one of the world’s leading International Competitions for short film and animation, and is also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards; BAFTAs, European Film Awardsand Cartoon d’Or and a qualifying festival for the The Academy Awards®.
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At Bristol Encounters

Her Mind travelling to Brazil!

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Anima mundi is the International animation festival of Brazil and in this years edition “The evening her mind jumped out of her head” will be in the competitive short film section. This year sees Anima Mundi celebrate its 23rd year anniversary. Taking place in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Anima Mundi had over 1500 entries for this years event.

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This year, about 45,000 people have attended the festival screenings which featured more than 400 titles from 43 different countries. Each film, has  become an essential part of the history of Anima Mundi, revealing the diversity and the excellence of the animation art as the language we have elected for the expression and sharing of ideas and experiences.

We appreciate your partnership and confidence and hope to count again with your upcoming works in our next editions.

Here the complete catalog:

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Her Mind travelling to Brazil!

Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival


Edinburgh International Film Festival will be screening the World Premiere of our new film “The evening her mind jumped out of her head”. A hand drawn 8 minute animation, tells the story of  a serious woman who is forced to lighten up when her mind jumps out of her head. The film will be part of the Mclaren Award: New British Animation Section screening 2 and will be shown on the 24th June, 16:00 at Filmhouse 1.

For more information about the film please visit the website here: Website 

We would like to thank everyone involved in the making and funding of the film especially Watford Borough CouncilWatford Palace TheatreWatford Big Events and Watford Museum for there help and support.

Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is world renowned for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema – and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.

“The evening her mind jumped out of her head” will screen in the second of two screenings showcasing the most exciting and fresh British animation.

The Mclaren Award: New British Animation Section 2

From the sublime to the silly, this collection of outstanding UK-produced animation is a tour-de-force of talent. It is tempting to describe the selection as introspective, as many directors look inwards examining the culture and consumption of animation. But for every post-modern conundrum, there are joyous extrapolations of other ideas. All films in McLaren Award programmes are eligible for this year’s prize, voted on by you: the audience!

Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival