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A Love Story – Winner’s acceptance speech, British Short Animation, EE British Academy Film Awards in 2017

EE British Academy Film Awards Winners in 2017

Winner’s acceptance speech by Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara and Elena Ruscombe-King for A Love Story in the British Short Animation category. If you also want to win film-related awards, you might be starting to ask questions like “do you need 3d rendering for your next project?“.

ANUSHKA KISHANI NAANAYAKKARA:  Hi, my name is Nush. This is a really surreal experience.  All kind of thoughts in my head right now.  I haven’t prepared a speech. I just …I just want to say that, as filmmakers, I realise that I have become quite shameless in the amount of favours I ask from people and it’s crazy.  We borrowed  some lights for three months, we kept them for ten months and, you know, that’s what brought us here. So many people have just gone beyond to help us get here. Even this dress that I am wearing tonight, someone sewed it. So I just want to say: thank you so much for supporting us.  That’s what got us here.  To all our friends and families.The National Film and Television School; thanks to all the staff and the tutors. Thank you so much to the team, so creative and I hope that we work again together. And I just hope that, you know, people still keep supporting us, you know.  We don’t know what’s happening in the future. Today is an amazing day. I hope it is life-changing! And, yeah, just thank you so much to everyone who voted.  Thank you to, you know, The Alan Dimension and Tough. They are amazing films as well. Thank you so much for everyone. And just to shout out to the Morrisons girls at the deli counter because they are watching us as well, in Stone. Thank you.


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