"...And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees..."
The award winning 24 min film AKA's Marc Craste. Winner of 27 Film Festival Awards, Nominated for a BAFTA & Shortlisted for an OSCAR , the film - adapted from the award-winning book written by Helen Ward & illustrated by Marc - tells the story of one small creature's struggle to preserve a world in danger of being lost forever through recklessness and indifference
Now available on VIMEO-ON_DEMAND and iTunes, Links on the right...
The story has also been adapted into a successful children's dance theatre adaptation performed at Sadler's Wells by Choreographer Wilkie Branson & Director Sally Cookson. Find out more by following the links on the right
Adapted & Directed by Marc Craste
Produced by SUE GOFFE
Original Music by: Johann Johannsson
A STUDIO AKA Production.
Based on the Templar publishing book by Helan Ward
"...Once, the only sounds to be heard were the buzzing of bees in the grass, the murmuring of moles in the earth, and the song of birds in the sky. These warmed the hearts of those who cared to listen —until the others came…?"
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THE 27 AWARDS FOR VARMINTS...
JAPAN - JAPAN WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL 2011 - BEST ANIMATION
VENEZUELA - Int. FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH - BEST ANIMATED FILM
VENEZUELA - Int. FESTIVAL CHILDREN & YOUTH - JURY SPECIAL MENTION
USA - MAVERICK MOVIE AWARDS 2010 - Best Animated Movie
ECUADOR - CHULPICINE FILM FESTIVAL 2011 - First Prize 7-14yrs
USA - MAVERICK MOVIE AWARDS 2010 - Best Original Score
CHINA - YA NN PANDA FILM FEST 2010 - The most favorite film for innovation
FRANCE - ROANNE I.A.S.F.F 2010 - Honorific distinction of the Jury
USA - NYICFF 2010 - Environmental Film Award
FRANCE - COURT METRANGE RENNES 2009 - Audience prize
JAPAN - SAPPORO SHORT FILM FEST 2009 - One Title Section Grand Prix
JAPAN - SAPPORO SHORT FILM FEST 2009 - Best Original Score
SPAIN - OURENSE Int. FILM FESTIVAL 2009 - Special Jury Mention
ANIMANIMA 2009 - Special Distinction for Best Sound Design
IRAN Int. FESTIVAL OF FILMS FOR CHILDREN 2009 - Golden Butterfly prize.
MELBOURNE Int. ANIM FILM FEST 2009 - Audience Award for Long Shorts
RICON Int. FILM FESTIVAL 2009 - Best Animated Short
STOKE YOUR FIRES FILM FEST 2009 - Best Animated Short
STOKE YOUR FIRES FILM FEST 2009 - Best of Fest
MINIMALAN SHORT FILM FEST 2009 -International Audience Award
OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL 2009 - Best Animated Short Film
GIJON FILM FESTIVAL 2008 - Best Short Film for the Young Jury
BRADFORD ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2008 - Grand Prize
BRADFORD ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2008 - Audience Prize
CHICAGO - MEDIABRIDGE YOUTH FILM FEST 2008 - Best Animated short
RHODE ISLAND Int. FILM FEST 2008 - Grand Prize for Best Animation
RHODE ISLAND Int. FILM FEST 2008 - Best Original Music Composition
BAFTA 2009 - Nominated for Best Animated Short
OSCARS 2009 - Shortlisted and specially commended.
"...I made this film with my children in mind, in response to their questions about the world. I wanted to find a way of condensing the enormity of the crisis facing us all, something that is too big and complex to convey to a small child, into something that would succinctly, and poetically, make sense to them. The film is about loss – the loss of nature, of silence, of the room to sit quietly and peacefully and be alone. Along with its concern for the planet’s survival it expresses a fear that my own children will be so bombarded by stimuli from all directions, that they will never know what it is to just be still and uninterrupted, and simply themselves.
For all its catastrophic imagery, the film is primarily about that private loss - on a small person’s scale. But it is also about indomitability and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds, and the belief that no matter how small the person, they can be the instigators of dramatic change. So ultimately it is a very positive and uplifting piece, one that celebrates love and courage, and perhaps one that may inspire children to value the world and themselves just a little more. My hope is that in saying all of this without a word being uttered, the film allows children the space to imagine for themselves the significance in their lives of what is being portrayed…."