'Our Song' - Animation Director
by Ace Animation Studios

Incredibly excited to be appointed the role of Animation Director for the upcoming 2D short animated film "Our Song" which has officially begun pre-production.
I am looking forward to collaborating with incredible Director and Image Award nominee 
Stephanie Glover of Ace Animation, Emmy nominated Television Writer and Content Creator Darnell Lamont Walker and Art Director Noah Maestre, in helping to bring this wonderful heartfelt story to life alongside a talented team of artists. 

The story will explore the relationship between a father and his son with ectrodactyly, and is a beautiful reminder of the limitless potential within us all. Celebrating diversity and empowering children with limb differences, showing them that they matter and there are no limits to what they may achieve. 

I couldn't be more excited to be a part of such a wonderful team and look forward to the journey it brings. 

British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Awards 2024 - Winner

I am delighted to share that my Master’s paper which was shortlisted for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies was announced as the winner overnight at the University of Sussex. I’m so incredibly grateful and thankful to #BAFTSS2024 for the recognition of my theoretical study and animation of ‘Sultan T. Sloth’ (2023).

Congratulations to all the other winners and shortlisted candidates throughout the awards. I am very honoured to have been apart of it all and a big shout out to my supervisors Dr. Matthew Riley, Dr. Chris Barker and Uyen Nguyen at RMIT University for their support and guidance along the way. 

What the Judges Had to Say: 
"This project examines hybrid animations, which combine three-dimensional stop-motion techniques with two-dimensional hand-drawn images, through theories of new materialism, phenomenology and movement. In this sense, Amber Stacey draws from the history of animation and digital editing to explore the potential of hybrid film forms to visualise emotion in films such as Sultan T. Sloth (2023). The essay analyses film from its production to screened image to offer a new perspective on digital storytelling." 
British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Awards 2024 

Incredibly grateful (stunned) and excited today to learn that my Master's exegesis has been shortlisted for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Awards 2024 🎞 ✨

Thank you to the Executive Committee for this wonderful consideration. To be shortlisted is quite an achievement and an encouraging step forward with my Academic career and I wish all my fellow contenders all the very best from Australia! 

Shortlisted contenders: 
Lucy Gravil (University of Sheffield), ‘Hell is a Teenage Girl: Explorations of Female Adolescent Horror in Jennifer’s Body and Ginger Snaps’.
Emilia Hine (University of Birmingham), ‘Aesthetics and the Value they give to Queer Identities and Relationships in Call Me By Your Name (Guadagnino, 2017)'.
Julie Jaresova (University of St Andrews), ‘Radioactive Aesthetics and Celluloid’s Body: How Can Radioactive Aesthetics Shape a Sense of Place and Time?’.
Elissa Reynolds (University of Manchester), ‘The Allure of a Neon Tokyo: A Reception Studies Analysis of David Leitch’s Bullet Train (2022), Exploring the Marketability of Techno-Orientalist Aesthetics in Hollywood cinema’.
Amber Stacey (RMIT University), 'Revitalising Traditional Handmade Animation Practices through Hybridity to Translate Literary Works from Page to Screen'.

Children's Film Festival Seattle 2024 

Since 2005, Children's Film Festival Seattle has grown to become the largest film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and families. This year the 19th edition of the annual film festival will be presented in a hybrid format with both online and in person events and we are delighted that 'Stan and Sven: A Plan to Help Stan' has been selected to screen as part of the 'Best Buds' 6yrs+ film collection in February. 

"Step into a world of fantasy and fairytale at the 2023 Children’s Film Festival Seattle! Expect fantastical films, wondrous workshops, and spectacular special events." CFFS

To find out more about the festival, please visit: 

San Diego International Children's Film Festival
@San Diego Comic-Con 2023

'Stan and Sven: A Plan to Help Stan' writer Denise Stacey and myself, were invited to attend San Diego International Children's Film Festival at the San Diego Comic-Con International. Here, our film was screened as part of the program and later I joined the panel to talk about the making of the film, my practice and journey into filmmaking, all the way from Australia. 

It was an incredible experience for both of us, in which we shared in many discussions with local and international filmmakers, experienced our first SDCC across the 4 days and I was later interviewed by Bryn Wright for Australia's Funky Kids Radio Show about her experience at Comic-Con and further discussion on the short film. It was a fantastic week exploring San Diego and meeting many other artists throughout the journey. It was humbling to see the reaction to Stan & Sven throughout the screening and we look forward to now translating this into print for Denise's long awaited children's picture book. 

This trip wouldn't have been possible without the amazing support of those who contributed to my GoFundMe page and we are so incredibly grateful for the opportunity and support. Thank you to every single one of you who helped us get there. 

Also an incredible big thank you to the San Diego International Children's Film Festival for the invite and allowing us to be a part of it all. We hope to return again one day in the future. 
Live Interview @Comic-Con with Bryn for the Funky Kids Radio Show
A live interview at San Diego Comic-Con 2023 as part of the San Diego International Children's Film Festival, with Bryn for the Funky Radio Kids Show. Here, Bryn discusses my animation work 'Stan & Sven: A Plan to Help Stan' and the inclusion of both our films in the upcoming Re-Generation Youth Film Festival in Melbourne later this year.

Click to Listen!
Australian Premiere: Perth Revelations International Film Festival 2023 

A big thank you to WAnimate for including 'Stan and Sven: A Plan to Help Stan' into their program as part of the Perth Revelation International Film Festival. It was wonderful to be able to attend the festival in our hometown of Perth, Western Australia and finally see our boys on the big screen, which was the official Australian Premiere for film festivals. 

Stan and Sven had a great day out and we thank our friends, family and those in attendance for coming along and supporting not only our work, but the work of many other local talented animators. Perth truly has some amazing talent.

Student World Impact Film Festival 
Finalist award & Podcast Interview

The Student World Impact Film Festival
 is the premier platform for showcasing the artistic talent of student filmmakers from around the world. Helping more than 10,000 filmmakers from 120 countries each year, SWIFF offers filmmakers the opportunity to elevate their careers and gain exposure in the entertainment world. 

Alongside official selection for the festival, I am delighted to have received a finalist award for 'Stan & Sven: A Plan to Help Stan' and be invited to chat to the team in their Film Sessions 
Podcast as a featured artist later this month. Thank you to the team and judging panel for this wonderful opportunity. 

To listen to the podcast: 

Amber talks to WAnimate!

Tanya, Lindsay and Dave chat to special guest Amber Stacey about her short animation film 'Stan & Sven: A Plan to Help Stan', her quest to get to San Diego Comic-Con and all things Spider-man animated film history in light of the latest Spider-verse film release. 
Fundraising to get to the San Diego International Children's Film Festival!

Amber has been invited to screen her work 'Stan & Sven: A Plan to Help Stan' at the San Diego International Children's Film Festival and engage in a QnA afterwards. 

To find out more about her quest to raise funds to get there from Perth, Western Australia please visit her GoFundMe Page here: 


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