Antonin Niclass, a 30-year-old from Lausanne, won Sunday in London, with Vladimir Krasilnikov and Jordi Morera, a Bafta, the highest award in British cinema, for their animated short film “Do not feed the pigeons”.
In the very closed club of stop motion animation cinema, it will now be necessary to reckon with the Swiss director Antonin Niclass who won the Bafta for best animated short film on Sunday.
“The night was short, we drank a lot of champagne!”, He simply announces to RTS. And to continue: “We had Joanna Quinn in front of us, a director who has already won a lot of prizes. So we were quite surprised, it was incredible news”.
>> To see, the presentation of the Bafta for the best animated short film to “Do not feed the pigeons” (in English)
A graduation film
“Do not feed the pigeons” takes place in a bus station, around 2 am. A group of lonely, weary travelers are waiting for the bus. In this cold and depressing place, everyone stares at each other “until some pigeons manage to create a magical connection and a moment of harmony between the waiting passengers”.
>> To see, “Do not feed the pigeons”
Co-directed with Vladimir Krasilnikov and Jordi Morera, “Do not feed the pigeons” is the young man’s diploma film. A student at the National Film & Television School in London, Antonin Niclass discovered the film industry by working as a camera assistant on several short films and TV series made in Switzerland.
In 2011, he moved to Belgium to study cinema. After five years, he graduated from the Institute of Broadcasting Arts with his short film “Panda”.
Mix animation techniques
While working as an assistant director on music videos in Brussels, he produced several animation clips for “Tataki”, a digital branch of RTS, mixing different animation techniques. “I come from frame-by-frame cinema and I had this attraction for drawing that I discovered during my studies in England. And I wanted to mix these two things of drawing and filming with puppets. Their face is painted, and we had to modify it with each photo.”
What to expect now? “We were able to find an audience with this film with its particular narration. We don’t follow a single character, it’s quite melancholy, and that pushes me to continue in a vein of animation that is not necessarily associated with the young audience”.
The trio have also just completed a virtual reality version of the film.
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The Swiss Antonin Niclass wins the Bafta for animated short film