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Hands on Deck Pictures team who created Feathers

Sheridan Student Film Comes Out on Top At TIFF Top Ten Festival

January 16, 2017

For the second consecutive year, a film by Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Animation students has been awarded Best Animated Student Short at TIFF’s Top Ten Film Festival. Feathers, the winning film, was created by third-year students who call themselves Hands on Deck Pictures.

The sixteenth-annual festival showcases Canadian cinema talent and hosted its Student Shorts Programme on the evening of January 14 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. A panel of judges including TIFF programmers and Canadian filmmakers awarded Feathers top honours for student animation following a screening of all 10 films in contention, including another Sheridan student film by Federico Kempke called Ceci n’est pas une animation.

The TIFF accolade comes with a cash prize from the Directors Guild of Canada and a DCP output of their film courtesy of Technicolor. This is not the first time Feathers has received national recognition this year. It was previously awarded Achievement in Animation at Air Canada’s enRoute Film Festival.

Pictured at top of page: The Sheridan students of Hands on Deck Pictures behind the winning film Feathers.