A short animated film called 'The Stammurai', made by young people who stammer has won first prize in the best animation category at the First Light Awards 2012.
The word is mightier than the sword.
A Samurai with a stammer is outcast from his school because of his speech and must go on a long journey to conquer his inner demons.
And the winner is...... The Stammurai
The Stammurai, an animated short made entirely by young people from Swindon won the First Light Best Animation award 2012 at the British Film Institute London.
The annual First Light Awards showcases the creative talents of young people across the UK. It is an inspirational event that celebrates the next generation of British filmmakers.
The winners were chosen by a host of industry judges including Academy Award winners Danny Boyle, Director of Slumdog Millionaire and 127 hours and Sam Mendes, Director of American Beauty and the new James Bond film Skyfall.
After months of hard work by young people who stammer, under the expert guidance of animation / iphone developers evil.twin.artworks, The Stammurai fought off stiff competition from hundreds of films from across Britain to win the coveted Best Animation award.
The project was partially funded by The Fluency Trust, who also helped oversee and advise how the film makers should best work with young people who stammer and create a positive experience. The project has been supported by the lottery through the UK Film Council's First Light initiative.
Mark Carroll, Director of evil twin artworks:
It has been a great journey for the young people, they have all worked so hard, and to see them receive the award was a fantastic way to wrap things, they have all learned so much and I look forward to see what they do next.
Matthew Kilford (who with Peter George Rowe from Dacoit Studios delivered all the audio sessions for 'The Stammurai' project).
"I'm so immensely proud to have been a part of the Stammurai and helping these young filmmakers bring to life, something I could tell straight away meant a lot to them. Hearing stories about the new found confidence some of them now have in everyday life makes it all so much more worth while.
There are more than a few talented students in that bunch with a bright future and I'm sure if they did not realise it before they do now. They better remember me when they're working at Pixar."
Liam Wakeling, one of the young people involved:
"Getting to go to the First Light Movie Awards was amazing. I never thought we'd win, but when our name was announced I was so happy. I loved every minute of the awards, and got to meet so many famous people. I'm very proud of our film and hope it can help other people when they see it."
Claire McNeil from The Fluency Trust:
"It is very moving and gets an important message across, and did in 5 minutes what the Kings Speech did in 2 hours. I know that the young people involved have grown in confidence through making this film and everyone involved have said how much they have enjoyed it and gained from it. This has not only helped the young people but is providing a great resource for us and we are using it to spread the word about stammering."