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Stowmarket student’s short film to appear at Swiss film festival

Animation student Jez Pennington, from Stowmarket, is having his short film Pigeon Kids shown at the Fantoche Film Festival in Switzerland ANL-140716-160027001

Animation student Jez Pennington, from Stowmarket, is having his short film Pigeon Kids shown at the Fantoche Film Festival in Switzerland ANL-140716-160027001

An animation student from Stowmarket is having his short film shown at a prestigious film festival in Switzerland.

Jez Pennington’s film, Pigeon Kids, is being shown at the Fantoche Film Festival at the end of September having previously featured in a number of festivals in the UK.

The 22-year-old’s three minute animation is about being homeless and homesick, inspired by his own experiences of being left without a home while at university.

Jez, who recently received a first class degree in illustration and animation at Kingston University in London, said he started dabbling in animation while at college four years ago.

He said: “The animation I do looks 2D but is designed through a 3D computer programme.

“The character designs are characters I drew up quite a while ago.

“The character in Pigeon Kids is based on myself to be honest.

“I got into animation in my second year of college, four years ago at New Suffolk College.

“At the moment I want to get into 3D character animation but I always want to make short films as well.”

Jez said he was inspired to tackle the subject of homelessness after finding out his family had lost their home.

“I knew what had happened but didn’t have any control over it,” he said.

“The film is about being in that position and looking on the bright side of it.”

The inspiring film follows the story of a homeless boy whose camera is stolen by a pigeon.

He follows the bird to a room and discovers cages with former racing pigeons trapped inside.

He releases the birds into the wild and realises he is not the only one who has had a hard lot in life.

Jez said: “The film is also about homesickness.

“Even though I didn’t have a physical home, I still missed my friends and my family.”

To see more of Jez’s illustrations and animations visit www.jezpennington.com

 

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