6th August 2002




A Russian film-maker based at the University of Lincoln is to see her animated short film screened at the Montreal International Film Festival later this month.


‘Sea and Stars’ has been written, designed, co-directed and edited by Anna Tchernakova, senior lecturer in video production at the university.


The 11-minute film has been co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada and will be shown as part of the festival from 22nd August to 2nd September 2002.


Music for the film was composed by the renowned British composer Gavin Bryars and recorded by Bryan Rudd, who is also a lecturer in the university’s Department of Media Production.


“In the film a middle-aged fisherman lives on a small island just off the shore,” says Anna, who trained at the National Film Institute (VGIK) in Moscow and went to live and work in Canada in 1994.


“He fishes year round in his old boat without any questions, complaints or boredom, until one day a young mai-mai fish sees him and falls in love!


“The animation is a romantic fairy-tale about the transforming power of love, even if it doesn’t have a happy ending.”


Anna has worked as a writer, director and producer since 1993 and her films have been featured at many international film festivals including Tokyo and Berlin.


Her film and television credits include the one-hour documentary ‘Postscript to Infinitas’ made for Ostankino Television (Russia, 1992), the feature ‘The Cherry Orchard’ (35mm, Russia, 1993), and a one-hour poetic science fiction drama, ‘Last Summer’ made for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada, 2000).


After emigrating to Canada in 1994 Anna taught at McGill University in Montreal and launched an independent production company in Victoria, BC. She divides her time between Victoria and Lincoln, where she moved in 2000.


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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)         email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk