Three animation students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London have been placed in the top 10 at the annual British Animation Awards.

The awards, held on 15 March at the BFI on Southbank, brought together the key players and emerging and established talent from the UK animation scene to view the some of the most popular animations. 
Overall films from approximately 80 animators were shortlisted with their work uploaded to Vimeo, a creative sharing website. The public along with industry professionals decided the winner ‘liking’ their preferred video.
22 of the 80 films shortlisted were from students at the College. However it was Michael Elesheku, Melda Mahmutoglu and Victoria Armamatskaja who made the biggest impression with their videos rated in the top ten.
Melda, said: “It was so exciting to have my animation viewed by such important people from the industry. I’m very happy I came in the top ten and know there will be loads of other opportunities to feature my work as I continue to improve my skills.”
The students are all studying Animation BTEC Level 3, which teaches them the skills needed to succeed as a professional animator in the studio environment. By the end of the course they will leave with a showreel of films they have animated working on commercial assignments, such as the British Animation Awards.
Animation Lecturer, Matthew Phelan, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to get noticed on the animation scene. We have some amazing talent at the College so I knew they would impress the voters with their creativity and technique.”
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