The Water Bearer

Making Of and Blog for the animation "The Water Bearer" about Twyford Waterworks

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Award for Best Ecological Animated Film at the IFFEST Document.Art XXI

We are delighted to announce the Water Bearer has won an Award for Best Ecological Animated Film at the IFFEST Document.Art. XXI Bucharest, Romania

Many congratulations to the crew behind the film ( in particular order Alex Harwood, David Pringle, Benjamin Gerstein, Jonathan Carr, Shaun Clark, Paul Mundell, Freya Hotson & Clare Aburn, to the Commissioning Team at  Twyford Waterworks Trust (especially Martin Gregory & Terry Forder-Stent), Heritage Learning Consultant Natalie Chambers, the lovely  students from Twyford St Mary’s CE Primary School… and anyone involved in the film.

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We would like to thank the Mr Nicolae Luca, the festival director, Ileana Danalache and Mihaela Ene.

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And a huge thank you as well to the Jury that selected our film!

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The 9th Science Film Festival THE WORLD OF KNOWLEDGE , Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Water Bearer  will be screened  at the  The 9th Science Film Festival THE WORLD OF KNOWLEDGE , Saint Petersburg, in Russia between the 20-24 October

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The International Science Film Festival World of Knowledge was organyzed by Lennauchfilm studio and the Centre of National Film studio in February 2006.

The festival improves every year and is growing in an organic way. The festival program includes the regular International Competition and the Special program.

The main prize of the Festival is the figurine The Tree of Knowledge, which is a symbol of a person who thirsts for knowledge and novelty. The sprawling branches of the tree are inevitably burdened by fruits, symbols of reason. The apple falling from the tree is a sign of revelation to a person seeking knowledge.

Science popularization has an obvious strategic value for national development. Documentary cinema has a recipe for sparking interest in science, technology and culture from all people.

Watching the invisible… discovering the unexplored… trying to glance into the future… Everything is possible in the inquisitive and imaginative minds of cinematographers!

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Be There Corfu!


Mew Lab are delighted to be screening at the “Be There!” Corfu animation festival.  “The Water Bearer” will be in the panorama section 2.

The festival itself is in its fourth year and a fantastic meeting point to meet other animators, directors and discover hidden gems from the animation world. Run by Vassilis, Alexandros, Mando, George and the Corfu team you will be sure to have a warm welcome and great time.

The venues at Be There are wonderful intimate spaces hidden away amongst the maze of the town, surrounded by bustling bars and cafes…..perfect place to watch films! The festival takes place from the 16th-19th October and this year animator Michaela Pavlátová will be at the festival following her award winning film “Tram”.

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Plus we have an another film screening in the Panorama Section : “The Key”

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The festival Statement

Be there! Corfu Animation Festival is the new international animation festival, that includes Corfu, the capital of the Ionian Islands, as its point of reference. It aims to constitute a meeting point for animation artists from all over the world, in April 2011.

The art of animation is much wider in scope than the worldwide-known and lovable cartoon films. Common perception defines animation (in an informal albeit very precise way) as an art addressed to and inspired by the children. But the second leg of this proposed definition, the one that determines its wide scope, is erroneously absent. “An art that is addressed to and inspired by children of all ages, but also inspires those with the courage to think and the power to see what kids can see”.

However, the recent successes and artistic recognition of films such as Persepolis, The Triplettes of Belleville and Up gave us the impulse to seek imaginatively, but with due care to details, our festival goal. Animation films always tend to unfold the unbridled game of imagination, either in the form of stop-motion films with puppets, computer animation or traditional cel drawings.

This element of imagination attracts those who adore filmic messages, new trends in artistic expression, but also like to share intense sentiments -and thereby ‘activate’ their childhood self.

The objective of Be There! Corfu Animation Festival is to treat animation works with professionalism, and total respect for the creative effort that accompanies the 8th art. It also aims to educate (an essential that has conditioned the art of animation), and its various festival activities relate equally to children, adults, visitors, institutions, and all those with an eye to learning and experiencing through art.

Be There! Corfu Animation Festival is a four-day celebration of animation, but does not forget to advertise art and artistic merit in all its forms, combined with an educational glance and a time for entertainment.

The festival is here to stay. This year’s program involves a short-film competitive section, feature-length films, but also director retrospectives and novel tributes, Greek premieres, and multiply acclaimed films. Our agenda includes collobarations with other animation festivals, workshops & speaker panels, and of course, children workshops (Kids, Be there!)

For those of you who create and express yourselves through animated films, this is an opportunity to submit your film.

Starting from Corfu, a traditionally rich point of artistic and cultural reference, you will be given the opportunity to share the magic and joy of the image, ideas and sentiment. Our exciting journey starts on April 7, 2011. Be there!

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IFFEST Document.Art. XXI Bucharest, Romania

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The water Bearer will be in the official selection at  IFFEST Document.Art. XXI, 2014, Bucharest, Romania on the 16, 17 and
18 October

The film will be eligible for the following award

  •   IFFEST DOCUMENT.ART. trophy for the best film in the contest;
  •   The prize for the best art film;
  •   The prize for the best ecology movie;
  •   The prize for the best tourism movie;
  •   Prizes and special mentions;
  •   MDV Film prize, worth 5.000 Euros consisting of services for image post-processing, sound, for the best Romanian film.

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IFFEST DOCUMENT.ART. aims to stimulate and promote art, ecology, and tourism film, as well as make a significant contribution to its audience’s cinema culture.

A series of complementary activities are organized under the umbrella of the Festival, with a view to making it more diverse and attractive. These activities include book launchings, art exhibitions, workshops, etc.

IFFEST DOCUMENT.ART. is organized by the Romanian Film Association “Document.Art,” with the support of the following partners.

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Award for Best Children Contribution at San Diego International Kids Film Festival, in USA

The Water Bearer have received an Award for Best Children Contribution in the Best Kids-MAde Film at the  San Diego International Kids Film Festival, in USA.

The film has been created in collaboration with the students of Twyford St Mary CE School for Tywford Waterwork Trust. Half of the animations have been created by students from key stage 1 up to year 6 in a three day workshop animation marathon . We kept a diary of the workshop here : and you can watch the making of below

Of course the film has then been composited, animated and finished by a professional crew, but I am glad the San Diego Film Festival has recognised the immense input from the kids. So this award is for all the students of Twyford St Mary CE School : well done and well deserved!

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And here you can spot clips of the film in the trailer of the festival

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6th Lahore International Children’s Film Festival 2014 in Pakistan


The Water Bearer  will be screened  at 6th Lahore International Children’s Film Festival 2014 in Pakistan! And another film we have made will also be screened in the official selection: High above the sky

Here a little bit about the festival by the festival director: The idea to hold a children’s film festival was conceived by Shoaib Iqbal in 2007, when he was working with Ali Institute of Education (AIE), in order to promote arts education and learning through the arts in Pakistan. AIE supported the idea and prominent educationists from the organization helped in shaping the festival greatly. The festival grew each year with valuable inputs of a number of film makers, artists, sponsors, volunteers, and, most importantly, its audience, largely comprising children and young people.

The major objectives of the festival are:

  • To screen the best of local and international films for Pakistani children and young people
  • To promote media literacy among children and young people through workshops and screening of meaningful films
  • To promote children as film makers, while training them in the art of film making and exhibiting their work in the festival
  • To nurture and inspire local film makers to produce films to children in Pakistan