High Above the Sky

A short animated film by Kim Noce and Shaun Clark

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High Above the Sky at CAKE

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 12.52.51 We are delighted to announce High above the sky has been selected to screen at CAKE and has been shortlisted amongst two other films for Best Professional Animation.

The filmwill be screened on 16th July  at 4.45 and in the  Best of the Festival and Awards Ceremony  of C.A.K.E Festival Awards on Friday 18th 2:30pm CE, in the Lecture Theatre in Ormskirk, at Edge Hill University.

UK Oscar and BAFTA nominated animator and director Barry Purves, will be awarding the prizes

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 12.58.07 Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 12.30.08 The CAKE film festival provides a platform to showcase animation work from the UK and China celebrating animation innovation and creative process as the force in the partnership between academia and industry. The conference and festival focuses upon the important role of animation education in developing and providing new talent for the industry. Festival Screening Programme Film Awards Shortlist Immerse yourself in the wonderful, the fantastic and often outrageous world of animated shorts. All lovers of animation should sample the imagination of these filmmakers and catch a glimpse of new talent. • Monday 14th 5:00- 6.15pm Come and see the latest graduate films from animation schools across the UK and China • Wednesday 16th 4.30-5.30pm Show-casing the professional and collaborative work of the two countries • Thursday 17th 5:00-6:30pm* Preview post-graduate films many of them premieres from centres of animation excellence here and in China. • Friday 18th 2:30pm attend the presentation and awards of the best festival films. All screenings will take place in the Creative Edge building, Lecture Theatre, ground floor except for * Multi-purpose studio, 1st floor. Screening durations are approximate Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 12.29.08

Screening at the BFI for Birds Eve View Festival

As part of Bird Eye View Film Festival, High Above the Sky will be screened at the BFI on the 13 April at 2.pm  amongst 7 other short films including Joanna Quinn’s BAFTA-winning, Oscar® nominated FAMOUS FRED.

The screening will be preceded by a ‘MAKE-YOUR-OWN ANIMATION’ WORKSHOP – a unique chance for kids to bring their own animations to life, with a WORLD PREMIERE OF THE RESULTING FILM showing on the BIG SCREEN! The event will also feature more great animated shorts for children and a chance to speak directly to filmmakers in a Q&A SESSION.

Spot a clip of High Above the Sky in the festival Trailer

One day Leo screams and screams and screams, his Dad takes him shopping and so the journey begins through the isles and high above the sky.

Even a journey in a supermarket can be magical.

Directed and animated by Kim Noce & Shaun Clark
A Short Animated  Film by MewLab , produced by SPID THEATRE, funded by BFI, Kensington & Chelsea Borough and First Light.

You can  Book Tickets Here.

More information can be found at http://birds-eye-view.co.uk/film-festival/events/famous-fred/


Chicago International Children’s film festival

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High Above the sky will be screened at the Academy award qualifying Chicago International Children’s film festival in  Chicago USA on Sunday 23 November at 11am in the Section “Family 4 Ever ”

This year’s CICFF features the absolute best in world cinema — hundreds of films that will inspire and delight Chicago families. From October 25 through November 3, kids will take charge of cinema as they become the next generation of Chicago cinephiles and world citizens. The Festival features 288 films from 43 countries, selected from over 9000 entries. At the Festival, you and your family will explore new cultures and traditions with exceptional quality films and media, and take an amazing journey with a wealth of character-driven stories, painterly and cutting-edge animation, and thoughtful resolutions. The CICFF engages kids of all ages with post screening Q&As with filmmakers, interactive workshops with special guests, peer-to-peer dialogues, filmmaker-led seminars, and the CICFF Children’s and Youth Juries.

The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America, welcoming 25,000 Chicago-area children, adults, and educators each year, and featuring over 250 films from 40 countries. The Festival screens a wide range of projects, from live-action and animated feature films to shorts, TV series, documentaries, and child-produced works. One of the most unique festivals in the country, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival showcases the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value-affirming new cinema for children, and is one of the only Academy Award qualifying children’s film festivals in the world.

For more than 30 years, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival has set new standards for what children’s festivals can achieve. As the largest and longest running children’s film program in North America, the Festival discovers the best in world cinema and continually raises the bar for quality children’s programming.

It is the mission of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival to set an internationally recognized standard of excellence in film, video, and television production for children. It is further our mission to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers by awarding prizes, by showcasing international films of the highest quality, and by providing a professional forum through which quality children’s film may gain increased distribution and access to wider audiences. The Festival is also committed to engaging young viewers with positive media images and to using media as a tool to stimulate critical thinking

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LIAF 2013



High Above the sky will be screened at LIAF 2013  during October 25 and November 3rd at the Barbican Art centre In London. High Above the sky will be screened on the 26th at 11am you can book the tickets here  ( 10am you can join for an animation workshop)

Animation, like childhood, can be just full of wonder with the biggest pleasures being the simplest ones. This programme carefully chosen for our littlest and most special audience strips away all the soft-sell toy ads and the over-the-top blockbuster-style special effects and just delivers up a programme of wonderful films full of simple joys.

The London International Animation Festival proudly showcases the whole spectrum of creative animation, showing that animation is for everyone…

Founded in 2003, LIAF aims to dispel the popular misconception that animation is just cartoons for kids by screening the broadest possible range of intelligent, entertaining and provocative current films on offer from all around the world as well as retrospectives and specialised sessions from countries and animators who don’t normally elicit such attention.

Our annual 10-day Festival includes gala premieres, retrospectives, Q&A’s with filmmakers, workshops, audience voting, and the Best of the Festival screening. LIAF has grown to become much more than an annual Festival – we are programming more events, tours, screenings and masterclasses all year-round to as many cities and countries that invite us. LIAF strives to be the best, and we do so with a very small, very dedicated staff.

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High Above the sky will be screened in october  in an event for the promotion of the festival  PLAY FEST – Lisbon Children and Youth Film Festival which will have place from the 1st to the 9th of February 2014. The event will consist in the exhibition of children’s films in a public garden in Lisbon, workshops and a fest celebrating cinema and childhood.

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Catalogue SIYFF

A lovely surprise through the post, the catalogue for SIYFF



Our film has been selected to be screened in the enchanting SIYFF Festival in Seoul, Korea. SIYFF is a film festival that specialises in screening children and  teenage films. It was established in 1999, and is extending its boundaries to host events such as international teenager film camp, which teenagers from all over the world attend, that serve as a training ground for future generations interested in film making. –


Pentedattilo the festival in a ghost town!

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High Above the Sky has been selected to be screened in the ghost town  in the fantastic Pentedattilo Film Festival is one of the most important Festival for Short Movies in Southern Italy. It will run on the 23-25 August.

Pentedattilo Film Festival is held every year in the ancient ghost town of Pentedattilo, near Reggio Calabria. The village, defined by the nineteenth-century traveler Edward Lear “The strangest human dwelling place” is perched on a strange rock shaped as a giant hand, and it has recently experienced a cultural recovery that has made it one of the most significant destination for the spread of international short films.

The PFF, born in 2006 in the ghost town of Pentedattilo, Italy, by a group of filmmakers and produced by ‘Ram Film’ and the ‘Associazione Pro Pentedattilo’, aims to give visibility to the most recent production of short films and to foster ideas and artistic exchanges; whereas the awards are an encouragement to the authors who invade each year a place that represents an emblem of change and creative sharing.

It is actually during the days of the festival that the ghost town of Pentedattilo turns back to life: the sole source of light in the steep narrow streets is the light of the short films screened in the old houses.
We fill the ancient farmhouses, the small squares, the open spaces with the stories of hundreds short movies.
We annually recover an abandoned town to let it become a symbol of a virtuous union between cinema and territory.

And if the location isn’t inspiring enough…there is also history, murder and illustrious travellers , such us Edward Lear, who visited the town in 1847 and described it in his diaries.

The British Animation Festival 2013

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High Above the Sky has been selected  to be showcased in  The British Animation Film Festival Season 2 on the 23rd June 2013, at the The Rich Mix Cinema, in Shoreditch, London
The trendy Rich Mix Cinema in London’s cool Shoreditch district plays host to the British Animation Film Festival, where a great line up of short and feature films will be playing throughout the day and artwork will be on display in the gallery. With sell out screenings in 2012, the next festival is set to be even bigger, giving film makers more exposure, more reviews and more excitement for their films, whilst film lovers will get to see the ‘next big animated thing’ first!

Ticket are on sale here http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/british-animation-session-2/

The festival comes to a close with its must attend After Party, where the audience and film-makers can mix and mingle!

During the screenings the following awards are decided on by a mixture of audience and jury: BEST FEATURE FILM – BEST NEW SCREENPLAY – BEST ANIMATION-BEST SOUND – BEST SHORT – BEST MUSIC

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Awesome Arts Festival


High Above the Sky has been selected  to be showcased in  AWESOME International Arts Festival For Bright Young Things which runs annually in Perth, Western Australia.

The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things is a showcase of amazing and exciting contemporary art from all over the world. Each October, young people and their grown ups are invited to enjoy an extraordinary array of both free and ticketed film, animation, theatre, contemporary dance & music, sculpture, installation and new media in the Perth Cultural CentreAwesome



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High above the Sky has been selected  to be showcased at MIAF in the Kids Program 7 – 10 Years: Sun 29 June, 12.30pm , and will tour all around Australia!

The Melbourne International Animation Festival or MIAF is an annual animation festival held in Melbourne. Supported by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Australian Film Commission and the Melbourne City Council, it is Australia’s largest animation event. Over the course of the festival more than 200 films from over 30 separate countries are shown. Highlights of the festival include many guest artists and visiting animators, from both local and abroad. . The festival has attracted increasing international respect and recognition while progressing the unique visions of talented animators and their teams worldwide.

What MIAF says

MIAF13 is going to be a whopping eleven day celebratory feast of forums and over 400 of the best recently released, historical and retrospective animation from around the world.

As a part of MIAF13, we’ll be launching RENDER: a 2 day animation conferenceand a jam packed CG symposium – and introducing a host of special guests, including master animator Koji Yamamura and Canadian indie animator extraordinaire Patrick Jenkins. Then of course there’s our annual promise to showcase award winners, outstanding industry veterans, inspiring independents, studios and newcomers. We will promise fearlessly uncompromising programs to inspire and challenge, and will undoubtedly become the centre of the animation universe!!

This year we’ve gone all out and put together TWO programs for two different age groups. Two programs. Too good! Enchanting, engaging and imaginative animation without a toy ad or product placement in sight. Animation the way it’s meant to be for our most discerning audience.

> Kids Program 3 – 6 Years: Sat 29 June, 11.00am
> Kids Program 7 – 10 Years: Sun 29 June, 12.30pm

And these programs will be followed by the amazing collection of Koji Yamamura’s Kids animation

> Koji Yamamura Kids Program: Sat 29 June, 2.00pm


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High above the Sky has been selected  to be showcased  at SICAF Special program as part of MIAF KID special during July 23- 28th 2013

 Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (SICAF), which marks its 17th anniversary this year is establishing itself as one of the leading global festivals featuring the world’s best cartoons and animation contents, extending well beyond the Republic of Korea and Asia. 
 At the time of a revolutionary paradigm shift in media platforms, the 21st century’s cultural contents industry is emerging as a changing paradigm and striving to provide world-class contents with competitiveness by breaking down boundaries among genres and transforming wide imaginations into reality. In modern society troubled by lack of communication, cartoons and animations, which can communicate with different age groups and can be freely converged with their highly extendible characteristics, are drawing attention as one of the core contents of the culture industry. 
  SICAF2013 is one of the most representative cartoon and animation festival, which endeavors to realize a cultural festival that all generations can enjoy and empathize with. Especially, SICAF, which will be held in Myeong dong and namsan this year, will become a cultural complex street festival creating a new cultural value. It will also become a venue to infuse the public with cultural imagination and to provide new inspiration and networks for experts in these fields.


8th Athens AnimaFest

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High Above the Sky has been selected for the 8th Athens AnimFest to screen during mach 7-13 in the International Competition  Program 1

The 8th Athens International Animation Festival, called Animfest, will run from March 7-13 and feature dozens of animated films, shown at the Greek Film Archive/Film Museum, including many from other countries. For the competition section the festival screen the best animation around europe with 84 animation short films will participating in the animation contest, 55 from which are student films and 24 Greek.

The festival includes an extensive tribute to French animation movies, with 64 films, as well as a tribute to the Polish studio SE-MA-FOR, with 19 movies.

Under the title Neighbors’ Animation, nine films from various European countries, such as Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, Poland and Lithuania, will be screened.

A short four-film tribute will be presented to honor the Russian and French stop-motion animator, Vladislav Starevich, notable as the author of the first puppet-animated film, accompanied by modern music from Brooding Side Of Madness.

Toronto International Film Festival – Kids

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High Above the Sky has been selected in the main competition of TIFF Kids, if you  live around Toronto and have kids  you can have a peak at the film on the schedule here.

Tiff Kids is a section of Tiff , here below just a small blurb about the festivals

The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September. With reputation for excellence, and a diverse array of films are shown: Hollywood galas, complete with red carpet glamour; the best in international cinema, the latest homegrown comedies… and everything in between.

TIFF Kids offers a diverse slate of films from Canada and around the world — films that take children and parents out of the everyday, and use the power of film to foster thought and encourage discussion about the complex and challenging issues facing young people today, and have lots of fun doing it.

Whenever possible, screenings include an opportunity to engage in discussions with filmmakers and special guests to further explore the film’s ideas, themes, storytelling techniques and much more.

With TIFF Kids, you can be sure the time your family spends in the theatre will be more than just a day at the movies.

Animac 2013


“High Above the sky” selected for Animac film festival this spring time

Animac is the International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, and is organised by the City Council of the city of Lleida and the Government of Catalonia.It is a non-competitive festival that takes place in Lleida (Spain). It shows a selection of the best animation done all over the world.

Here what they say about themselves

Animac is the International Film Festival of Animation in Catalonia, and is organized by the Lleida City Council and Generalitat of Catalonia. Over the years, Animac has consolidated its independent and artistic character. Created in 1996 and throughout his nearly 16 years history has become one of the most popular audiovisual events held in Spain, with an important international presence and prestige.

Nowadays Animac is a rigorous, dynamic and welcoming festival continually making efforts to improve, generating new audiences and attracting those who love animation. Animac is a non-competitive film festival aimed at artists who use animation as a tool for personal expression.

We go beyond the limits of traditional narrative and we seek visionaries who make independent and daring works full of energy and who take their expressive potential to the limit.

Animac is also a meeting place for artists, a laboratory in which ideas are generated and relations between the different artistic disciplines are established. It is a place to dream and screen stories of the future.”

It was created in 1996 to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the cinema. But it appeared with a different name: Cinemagic 96, International Animation Film Festival, under the direction of Eladi Martos and Jordi Artigas. This first edition was promoted by Lleida’s Cultural Department and the local Fine Arts School, together with ASIFA Catalunya.[1]

It is in 1997 when it takes the name of Animac, International Animation Film Festival, that changed still once more in 2006, into the definitive one: Animac, International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia.


We have just found a little pocket of time to update the Trailer and  to finish the Poster


London Short Film Festival

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“High Above the sky” selected for The London Short film festival to screen on Wed 9  January at 21.00 at Riverside Studios at the 15 Screening  Landscape and Light. You can book the tickets here http://shortfilms.org.uk/events/2013-01-09-new-shorts-15-landscapes-and-light

Landscape and Light is a selection of short films mixing strong drama with more experimental work, but bonded by a sense of the open landscape and cityscape, and the enclosed artificial light of rooms and darkened places.  From the twinkle of London lights in both Night Peace and 80,000CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, to the frozen polar wastes in TRUE NORTH. Kate Dickie and Gary Lewis star in the Scottish highland drama THE GIFT. Plus some stunning animations.

The London Short Film Festival, now in its 10th year, is recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film and Bafta recognised . Renowned for daring cross-arts programming, we showcase the very best of the country’s raw talent. The London Short Film Festival is a Mecca for the UK’s young creative talent and a significant date in the UK film calender. Every year the Festival’s large and loyal audience flock to screenings and events, and this network has grown steadily over almost a decade.


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Ale Kino

“High Above the sky” selected for Ale Kino 2012 in Poznan! If you have never been to Poznan two animation festivals you should try to go. Both the museum and the main square are delightful, and you wont find a warmer welcome anywhere else!

The International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! goes back to the 1960s. At first only national, in mid 1990s it was completely reorganised and became a first-class European event. It attracts the third generation of Poznań inhabitants, which translates to the audience of over 10,000 people each year. Ale Kino is one of two flagship festivals of the Children’s Art Centre (the other one being the Biennial of Art for Children).
In 2012 Ale Kino! received the Polish Film Institute award in the category of international film events, in 2008 in the category of young audience education, and in 2011 – the European Citizens’ Prize from the European Parliament.

In 2010 the Festival embarked on a tour around Poland. “Ale Kino! on Tour” is now available in little villages, whose young inhabitants seldom have the opportunity to encounter quality international film productions.

Adelaide Kids Film Festival

“High Above the sky” will screen at Adelaide Kids Film Festival on the 23rd November.

Animae Caribe Festival

“High Above the sky” will be screened in the competition section at “Animae Caribe Festival 2012”. Here are a  few words from the festival director:

“Once again we gather to Celebrate the beautiful artform of animation. We have hosted over the last 9 years, Oscar winning and nominated animators like Daniel Greaves, Erica Russell and Disney experienced directors Like’ Proud Family’ Bruce Smith. This year we are proud to have the infamous Bill Plymton visit our shores and celebrate and share with us in the Caribbean. Together with a host of other Celebrated animators and professionals in the field we once again make this journey. We at Animae Caribe strive to dive deep within, to empower to entertain and to expose this wonderful artform.”

Official Selection KinoFest

Kinofest, the international digital film festival in Romania will screen “High above the sky” in its 6th edition. Kinofest is the first digital film festival in Romania. Kinofest features a selection of the most awarded short films and has the explicit goal of promoting independent film-makers, artists and their work. Kinofest was founded by Valentin Partenie . 26-28 October Bucarest, Romania

Colchester Film Festival

We are delighted to announce that ‘High Above the Sky’ has been selected for the Colchester Film Festival 2012 official selection.
Colchester Film Festival is an international short film festival showcasing the best short films from the UK and around the world. The festival will take place at the Firstsite Arts Gallery from the 5th to the 7th of October 2012.

Screenwriter Julian Unthank who is currently writing NEW TRICKS for the BBC will be running a master class during the festival. 

In the last year, Julian has written a short film LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, starring JOHN HURT, which has won over a dozen major awards including the ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY’S BEST SHORT FILM AWARD, the RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL’S AWARD for BEST FILM as well as making the 2011 OSCAR SHORT LIST for BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Witney Film Festival

We are delighted to announce that  “High Above the Sky” has been selected for this years Witney Film  festival.  The festival takes place between the 23rd-26th October . “High above the sky” will screen on the 26th October in the grand finale of the festival which will also contain the “creme de la creme of short films submitted to this years festival”.

Winner of Best Animation


“High above the sky” won best animation at WIFF on friday evening. The screening took place at the BFI and films where judged by David Jenkins, film critic for Little White Lies, film producer Kate Vogel and local film director Barry Bliss.

The film was won second prize in the best film of the festival. Judge Kate Vogel, who produces films for the Tate, praised the simple storyline, beautiful illustration and joyous tale.



“High above the sky” will screen at this years Animage IV festival internacional de animacao de Pernambuco (brasil). The film is part of the official selection and will be screened between September 26th to 30th in Recife.

Walthamstow International Film Festival

We are pleased to announced “High above the sky” will screen at Walthamstow International Film Festival. The film was co-directed by Shaun Clark and Kim Noce and has been short listed for the best animation award with a screening and award ceremony taking place at the BFI (British Film Institute) on The Southbank in Central London on Friday 7th September at 4pm. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges including David Jenkins, film critic for Little White Lies, film producer Kate Vogel and local film director Barry Bliss. One of the Director (Kim Noce) and the Editor (Fiona De Souza) will present.
The festival continues with further screenings on Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th September at the Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow Village from 1pm to 5pm and Sunday 9th and Sunday 16th September from 1pm to 5pm at Lotolie Family Hairdressers in Walthamstow Village in the basement.

Australian Première AIFF 2012

Mew lab are pleased to announce The Australian premiere of “High Above the Sky”. The film will feature in the Auburn International Film Festival.

For the full official selection follow this link: http://cinewest.org/welcome/?p=4309


And we have finished!

Just making DVDs copies, digibetas, postcard still … and soon we will send the film to festivals


Perfect day mixing in the darkness  at Art4Noise with David Pringle ( Sound Designers),  Chris White and Hutch Demouilpied (Composers) , Kim Noce & Shaun Clark (Directors at MewLab )

At the mixing desk with David, Hutch and Chris

Behind the mixing desk Kim , Shaun and Chris (photo by Hutch)


Getting closer to completion: a fantastic day editing with  Fiona De Souza

Recording the Voices

We had a lovely day with the actors Cian Waites (as Leo) and Paul Mundell (as Dad) and the sound designer David Pringle recording the voices for the animation.

Recording Sound Effects

Superb day recording Sound Effects with David Pringle and the children at SPID THEATRE. In the film all the sound effects have been created by  children. They were really eager to create  loud noises…


While the film start to shape up, our wonderful composer Chris White and Hutch Demouilpied are currently creating some fabulous music track



Compositing the Animation

Here working in AFX to composite all the shots together.

And now into Space

Animating the spaceship

Stop motion animation of the spaceship flying

Sweets ready

A bit of  green screen for the sweets and the supermarket. All the props for the supermarket  and the space were created by the  wonderful and talented youths at SPID Theatre


The Sets

After many months trapped in a dark dark dark room, we are finally getting closer to finish our commissioned short ”High Above the Sky”

They are taking over…

Half way through the constructions of the sets and we are starting to run out of space… Half of the supermarket, the bed room, the interior of the ship and still missing the moon, space and the hills…

Building the set

A dark sky, Paint, Cardboard and Coffee… it is all you need to prepare the sets

Testing Characters

We are testing shapes, clothing, colours and personalities…

LEO, the first steps

Storybord and Animatic

Slowly building the story and the narrative

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