October 20th, 2017 / Insight posted in MKS News

Kingston Smith announces 2017 Creative Vision Award charity film winners

Kingston Smith and Bournemouth University are pleased to announce the winning charity films of this year’s Creative Vision Award:

  • Team Humble Bumbles’ film for DEBRA, the national charity supporting people directly affected by, and working with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – a potentially fatal skin condition that causes pain due to unstoppable internal and external blistering.
  • Team TourDeFrames’s film for Re~Cycle, the charity which collects bicycles from across the UK and ships them to partner organisations in Africa to provide rural people with an affordable and sustainable means of transport.

Innovative UK top 20 accountancy firm, Kingston Smith set up the Creative Vision Award in 2015. The firm’s aim was to give something back in key sectors: media, education and not-for-profit where it acts as a trusted business adviser. To attract some of the UK’s most talented film and VFX students and recent graduates, the firm partnered with Bournemouth University’s BFX Competition.

Anjali Kothari, not-for-profit partner at Kingston Smith, said: “The standard of this year’s films was incredible. Heartfelt congratulations to Team Humble Bumbles and Team TourDeFrames. As a firm, we’re so pleased to be able to provide this outlet for talented young animators and to help charities promote their message”.

Ben Merrett, DEBRA’s chief executive officer commented: “Thank you to everyone involved; our winning film makes a difficult concept easy to grasp. We’ll share the animation across our social media platforms and in schools to raise awareness of EB and encourage people to get involved – whether through volunteering, fundraising or donating, We’ll also pass the animation on to our DEBRA International colleagues – a network of DEBRA groups helping EB sufferers. These groups, like us, would not otherwise have had the opportunity to have an animated film”.

Re~Cycle’s CEO, Merlin Matthews said:”We really do appreciate the students’ hard work and Kingston Smith’s support. Thank you for the freedom you’ve given us in allowing us to use the film however we need to promote our work”.

Building on the award’s success, the Institute of Fundraising, the professional membership body for UK fundraising has now formalised its partnership for the 2018 competition.

Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said:”We’re delighted to support the Creative Vision Award. We really hope to be able to increase its reach through our membership, giving more charities a chance to develop a brilliantly produced film to support their good causes.”

Applications for the 2018 Creative Vision Award are now open.

The production of each charity’s branded animation is worth £150,000. The charities may use the resulting films which they receive free-of-charge across a range of media. Past winners include: Anthony Nolan, Dyslexia Action and Refuge.