28th May 2003




A senior lecturer in Media Production at the University of Lincoln has received yet another award for her short animated film.


Anna Tchernakova’s film ‘Sea and Stars’, has received a ‘Best Animation’ award at the Flick International Film Festival in Saskatchewan, Canada. 


The film has also been selected for the XIII ‘Message to Man’ International Documentary, Short and Animated Films Festival which will take place in St Petersburg this month.


Anna’s film will be entered in the International Competition section where the jury will be made up of internationally acclaimed directors from around the world.


The 11-minute film was produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The music was written by the 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 fisherman fishes year round in his old boat until one day a young mai-mai fish sees him and falls in love!” says Anna, who trained at the National Film Institute (VGIK) in Moscow and went to live and work in Canada in 1994.


“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), a one-hour poetic science fiction drama, ‘Last Summer’ made for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada, 2000) and a performance arts documentary ‘Writings On Water’ (England, 2002), premiered on Artsworld channel in March 2003.


After coming to Canada in 1994 Anna taught at McGill University in Montreal and launched an independent production company in Victoria, BC.


She moved to England in 2000 and has been teaching at the University of Lincoln since September 2000. She also works as an independent producer and director.


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

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