Sam Gainsborough

Sam Gainsborough
The Square Eyed Boy
Sam Gainsborough
Clash Of Clans
Merry Logmas
Sam Gainsborough
Mouth Quest
Sam Gainsborough
Guest Direction: Don't Hug Me I'm Scared
Sam Gainsborough
Later Means Never
Sam Gainsborough
William Blake Exhibition
Sam Gainsborough
Facing it (Excerpt)

Mixed media director Sam Gainsborough graduated from the esteemed NFTS animation course, with his final film ‘Facing It’ winning numerous international awards. The following years have seen Sam go from strength to strength, finessing his technical ability which spans across 2D, CG, stop motion and live action.

Whether its irreverent comedy or emotional storytelling, his films have a conceptual brilliance which incorporate clever tricks and techniques to capture the audience. The future is bright for this exceptional talent.

Awards & Recognition

Campaign - The Lists 2021: Top 10 Directors - No.2

The Royal Foundation 'Shaping Us'
Creative Circle - Animation - Best Animation Story: Gold
AICP - Animation: Shortlisted
D&AD - Animation - Traditional: Shortlisted

B&Q ‘Later Means Never’
British Arrows - Young & Emerging Talent - Production - Design: Bronze
Creative Circle - Film Craft - Best Sound Design (single): Bronze
Creative Circle - Animation - Best Animation Story (single): Gold
Creative Circle - Animation - Best Animation Design (single): Gold
APA Show: Included in the collection
AICP - Post - Sound Design:60 and Under: Winner
D&AD - Production Design - Animations: Shortlisted

‘Facing it
Vimeo 2020 - Staff Pick Of The Year
Annie Award Nomination - Best Student Film Animafest Zagreb - Dušan Vukotić 
Award for the best student film (2018) 
Animage International Animation Festival - Grand Prix Winner (2018)
Animage International Animation Festival - Audience Award Winner (2018)
Ottawa International Animation Festival - Audience Award Winner (2018) 
KLIK, Amsterdam International Animation Festival - Audience Award Winner (2018)
Manchester Animation Festival - Audience Award Winner (2018) 
KROK Festival of Animated Films - Jury Diploma Award Winner (2018)
Viborg Animation Festival - Best Student Film Winner (2018)
British Independent Film Awards - Long list for Best Short Film (2018)
MPSE Golden Reel Award - Best Student Film Festival 
Internacional de stop motion Our Fest - Best International Short (2019) 
7eme Lune Festival - Best Animation (2019) 
Ars Electronica - Prixar Award Honorary Mention (2019) 
River Film Festival Italy - Golden River Award for best Animation (2019)
River Film Festival Italy - Audience Award (2019) 
London International Animation Festival - Audience Award in Category 
London International Animation Festival - Honourable Mention (2018) 
Video Hackers Film Festival, Italy - Best In Show Award (2018) 
Video Hackers Film Festival, Italy - Best Animation Award (2018) 
Big Cartoon Festival Moscow - Best Short Film - 3rd Place (2018) 
Student Widescreen Film of the Year - Best Film Winner (2018) 
Russian Indie Film Festival - Audience Award (2019) 
Russian Indie Film Festival - Peter Pan Award (2019) 
View Conference - View Award Winner (2019)  
IMDB - New Filmmaker of the Year award Finalist (2019)
Annecy - Official Selection 2018 Aspen Shortsfest - Official Selection (2019) 
SXSW - Official Selection (2019) 
Edinburgh International Film Festival - Official Selection (2018) 
Anima Mundi Festival of Animated Film - Official Selection (2018)

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