On Monday, Slurpy picked up it’s second US festival award for charity film ‘Voicing CSA: The Mouse’; this time winning Best Commercial award at the Los Angeles Animation Festival (LAAF). Unfortunately, we couldn’t make the trip over to LA to pick up our award, but the festival director commented that “competition was extremely high this year and ‘The Mouse’ was a success both with our judges and with our audience.”
Voicing CSA (Child Sex Abuse) and The Truth Project work to help adult survivors of child sexual abuse find their voice, and we collaborated with patron Christopher Harper (Nathan Curtis, Coronation Street) and chair Phillip Lafferty, to produce this short film (below) to educate people about the dangers of child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation.
Director, Katie Steed, said:
I’m absolutely delighted and hugely honored that The Mouse has won this fantastic award, and most importantly, I am thrilled that by screening this film, the festival was able to get it’s message out to a wider audience of people to whom it could potentially make a tiny but vital difference.
Founded in 2007, the Los Angeles Animation Festival is LA’s only international film festival and symposium, which aims to:
- Help create new jobs, promote and invigorate the traditional animation industry in the US
- Help individuals to network and get exposure in order to bridge the gap between amateur and professional
- Expose the LA audience, both animation professionals and “civilians” to great animation from the US and around the world
A complete list of the winners can be found here.
Other NOTABLE screenings & festivals
- The Mouse took part in two different programmes at this year’s Hiroshima Animation Festival: Best of the World” and “Animation for Peace”.
- Following on from the Portuguese premiere in March, The Mouse was screening at the music festival O Sol da Caparica in August, where instead of advertisement between concerts, animated films were screened.
- The Mouse’s last US screening was in September at Conscious Cartoons International Animation Festival, Washington. The festival featured three days of animated shorts with socially conscious, humanistic themes.
- As part of the Anima Mundi festival in Brazil, The Mouse was be shown in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo