By Margot Nicodeme
For several years, nothing seems to be able to stop the rise of the Pole 3D school at Roubaix (North), specializing in animation and video games. All the awards accumulated by the work of its students make it a reference in France, perhaps even the best in the field. On October 20, it was a new distinction, oh so prestigious, which came to reinforce the quality of the CV of the establishment attached to the Catholic University of Lille. A square on the Student Academy Awards podium !
Next step: the official Oscars in March 2023?
Indeed, the animated film Tears of the Seineproduced by eight students* of the 3D Pole in 2021, obtained the bronze award in Los Angeles. Three of them – Yanis Belaïd, Nicolas Mayeur and Eliott Benard (see photo) – went to the Academy of Oscars, the authentic one, in Beverly Hills for the occasion. Jérémy Theng, director of the school who was also on the trip, looks back on this experience to Lille newsas soon as he got off the plane on Saturday morning.
“We finished 3rd out of a hundred films sent or seen. And we were the only French school that does 100% animation. ” For now, Tears of the Seine competes in the competition for the professional Oscars, those who see the celebrities, but he is not yet nominated. For that, “he must be in the nominated short movies, that is to say the selection of the 15 retained films”. Last year, the other major production of the 3D Pole, Migrantshad passed the selection 90 films, which unfortunately was not enough.
Already awarded at the British Bafta
A selection from the official list would allow the director, and the students, to return to the United States to be in the hall of the official ceremony. Just that ! Tears of the Seine now totals 76 prizes (Migrants acquired more than 200), including 1st prize at the student Bafta, the British equivalent of the student Oscars.
“What is important is that it crowns the work of several years. It demonstrates the technical skills of the students, it exposes their view as artists and it leaves no one indifferent,” continues Jérémy Theng. Beyond the school’s areas of expertise, animation and video games, these successive awards place it on the chessboard of the 7th art. Moreover, the director is particularly proud that the work of his students was distinguished at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival in January 2022, which focuses more on cinema.
“For about 3 years, we have been making our mark,” he rejoices. So, will the Oscar dream have a sequel? Answer in December!
*The five other students who directed the film are Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer and Alice Letailleur.
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The work of the Pôle 3D, Roubaix animation school, on the podium of the Student Oscars!