Wednesday, 10 February 2010 was a real phone call

This little film now has two more awards to show for its travels. The Savannah International Animation Festival has named Heartstrings 'Best Student Film' and... amazingly...'Best In Show'. The festival directors, Hal and Nancy Miles, were kind enough to call me all the way from Georgia with the news just after Christmas. Hal also informed me that his mentor is Ray Harryhausen so it's likely he will get to see it. Needless to say I was speechless and I still am.

The trophies are praxinoscopes handmade by Hal and I can't wait to see them. It's the first year of the festival and it sounds like lots of fun so I regret not being able to attend. There was free popcorn, a milk and cookies Saturday morning screening of vintage toons, an exhibition of animation memorabilia and the awards reception was held in a cupcake emporium. If I had to organise a festival it would be just like this one.