Students from Wallace and Gromit school shortlisted for Cannes award

Two students from the National Film and Television School in London will walk the red carpet at next month’s Cannes Film Festival after their graduation film was shortlisted for one of its main competitions.

Having only just graduated, Lucia Bulgheroni and Lennard Ortmann were taken aback to discover their short animation film, using figures made with Super-Sculpey clay, has been singled out for the festival’s Cinéfondation category, which recognises emerging talent.

Theirs is one of 16 films chosen from 2,600 entries worldwide, announced today. Their eight-minute story, titled Inanimate, explores “the nature of reality” through a character called Katrine who realises that she is so much more than just a puppet.

The film-makers, both aged 27, are following in the footsteps of Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit, who also learned his craft at the NFTS.

Ms Bulgheroni, who is Italian, directed and animated Inanimate, while Mr Ortmann, German-born son of a British mother, produced it.

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