New Visions Film: An Interview with Jake Hobbs, ‘Show Me The Animation’

‘New Visions Film’ showcases the cream of emerging student filmmaking talent from Bristol UWE, National Film and Television School and Royal College of Art.  Co-curated by Show Me The Animation and Joseph Wallace, this programme runs evenings throughout the festival in a pop-up cinema at the Tobacco Factory Theatre and is FREE to attend. We caught up with Jake Hobbs from Wonky Films to find out more about the programme and the opportunities available for new, emerging filmmakers.


Can you tell me a bit about Show Me The Animation.  What is it all about?
Show Me The Animation is a network and online resource built for the animation community. It is run by animation producer Helen Brunsdon and members of WONKY Films; myself and Vicky Brophy. Helen and Vicky originally setup SMTA around seven years ago as a way of bringing together the local animation community within Bristol together for regular networking and screening nights. We still run these animation nights but have also expanded our offering online. Online we showcase the work of independent animators from around the world both professional, amateur and student works, as well as providing animation news, event listings and interviews.

We also run regular animation challenges including our monthly ‘Do It In Ten’ contest that challenges animators to create a micro 10 second theme around a specific theme. This challenge is expanded in our annual AniJam competition where teams of animators have 48 hours to create a short film. This year we had 5 teams submit films around the theme hero and by running the AniJam in partnership with Encounters Film Festival we were able to provide the wining teams with passes to this years festival.

The overarching aim of SMTA is to support and inspire the independent animation scene, showcasing their talents and offering creative challenges that test their skills.

Can you tell me a bit about the New Visions Film showcase that you will be co-presenting at BFP15?
The New Visions showcase is a programme of films that features new and emerging talent from across the UK. At SMTA we run weekly student showcase where we showcase a new student film on our website the new visions programme features some of these films that we’ve had the pleasure to showcase alongside some hot from the press from this years graduates. We have films from universities from across the UK including UWE here in Bristol as well as films from National Film and Television School and Royal College of Art.

What do you hope it will bring to audiences at BFP15?
We have pulled together a really eclectic mix of films for this showcase, there is such a delightful range of diversity amongst the films that offers an great insight into the talents and minds of emerging student filmmakers. That’s what is so exciting about this showcase, being able to bring fresh talent to the audience as well as giving the student filmmakers a platform to display their skills.

What are the links between puppetry and stop-motion animation? How do these art forms relate?
Puppetry and stop-motion animation have such a unique tactile quality about them that helps them standout from other art forms. Their is a different quality that stems from films in this medium, as if an extra ingredient or layer has been added to the mix. I find the films always seem a lot more organic and you often feel a greater sense of connection with the filmmaker too.

Interview by Emma Windsor

The New Visions Film Programme starts tonight at 7pm and runs until Sat 05 Sept in the pop-up cinema.  No reservations are required and entry is FREE.  To see the full film schedule, visit the Bristol Festival of Puppetry website.

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