BAFTA Winner & ASFF Short Animation: Daisy Jacob’s The Bigger Picture

ASFF 2014 Official Selection and winner of BAFTA’s British Short Animation category, Daisy Jacob’s The Bigger Picture (2014) has had a huge impact on the film and animation industry. After a highly successful run at last year’s film festival circuit (featuring at Cannes Film Festival 2014 and winning prizes at Manchester KinoFilm, Bradford Animation Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and others), the short was recognised by BAFTA for its innovative use of stop-motion animation.

Using seven-foot-tall characters performing on life-size sets, The Bigger Picture tells a stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent. A National Film and Television School MA graduation film, Jacob’s creative use of large-scale painterly sets cleverly illustrates the final months of her own grandmother’s life. Produced in collaboration with animator Christopher Wilder, the film combines multi-dimensional characters and environments.

Jacob’s The Bigger Picture screened in ASFF 2014’s animation strand. As a BAFTA-qualifying festival, ASFF seeks to support experimental and innovative filmmaking. The festival takes place annually in York across four days – this year from 5-8 November – showcasing outstanding contemporary cinema in 15 unique screening venues.

Entries are open for the festival’s fifth edition. ASFF welcomes short films up to 30 minutes long by international emerging and established filmmakers. The categories are varied and include: advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, dance, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller.

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1. The Bigger Picture by Daisy Jacobs (2014).