Flickerpix has won a prestigious BFI Vision Award, a National Lottery funded initiative intended to enable production companies to build their feature film development slates with creative and financial autonomy.
Twenty awards have been made across the UK with Flickerpix the only successful applicant from Northern Ireland. With match funding from Northern Ireland Screen the award is worth around £200,000 over two years.
The awards committee at the BFI seemed to taken with Flickerpix’s low-fi stop motion style of animation exemplified by its hit BBC NI TV series On The Air, featuring strange-but-true extracts from Gerry Anderson’s Radio Ulster show. The committee noted that Flickerpix “has successfully blended stop motion characters with 2D backgrounds to great effect, in an innovative and cost-effective way. The panel was delighted by their ambition to become the Roger Corman Productions of comedy stop-motion animation movie making, creating a thriving and creative powerhouse in their Holywood studios.”
BFI first launched the Vision Awards in 2008 enabling a number of companies to scale up their business and firmly establish their international reputation through the production of critically-acclaimed and commercially successful films including The King’s Speech (produced by See-Saw Films) and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Blueprint Pictures), in turn helping to bolster the profile of UK film on the world stage.
Buoyed by the news of their Vision Award, coupled with the recent launch of tax-relief for animation companies, and the burgeoning talent base within Northern Ireland, Flickerpix plan to make the natural progression into the production of feature length animations, in their Holywood, County Down studio. That’s Holywood with one ‘L’ – for now at least.