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Success Against the Odds shortlist announced

Shortlist of seven short animations released ahead of final judging of National Accident Helpline's Success Against the Odds competition by creative partner Aardman Animations.

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22 May 2014 / by National Accident Helpline Communications / community-news

Our Success Against the Odds competition closed on 18 May and we’ve been busy reviewing the entries along with our creative partner Aardman Animations. Entrants were asked to take up the theme of ‘Success Against the Odds’ to create short animated films in any format from CGI to stop-motion animation.

“We’re overwhelmed with the quality and variety of the entries received,” says National Accident Helpline Marketing Director Beth Powell. “The entrants to the competition have really got under the skin of the brief and come up with some brilliant interpretations, especially given the very tight 10-second limit that was placed on the length of the animations.”

We’re delighted to announce our initial long list of seven entries and would like to congratulate Matthew, Rosa, Lauren, Jodie, Zak, Matt and Alistair for making it through to the next stage of the competition.

Matthew Bannister

No Chance

An entrepreneur with a big idea gets taunted psychologically by roadsigns and voices in his head but his boss ends up loving the idea.

Rosa Fisher


The character is based on Rosa’s father, who has a French horn-making workshop in his cellar. He is showing success against the odds in carrying on with his horn making, regardless of the rising water level which surrounds him.

Lauren Fitzpatrick


This animation depicts how salmon successfully swim upstream, despite perils such as waterfalls and bears.

Jodie Haslam


There's no better way to start the day then with a bit of success in the morning...and maybe a bit of breakfast.

Zak Lester

Slinky Succeeds!

Zak’s film shows a slinky battling the odds to achieve the impossible: climbing up stairs.

Matt Rogers

Against all odds

A man in a wheelchair becomes a Paralympian for the London 2012 Games.

Alistair Stuart

Against The Wind

A small desk-dwelling creature is awoken from his slumber by a loud noise and must fight against a turbulent wind in order to restore peace to his world



In the next stage of the process Aardman Animations will create a final shortlist of five entries and choose the overall winner. All five shortlisted entrants will receive personalised feedback on their film from Aardman Animations. Our lucky winner and a friend will win a personal behind-the-scenes tour at Aardman’s studios in Bristol, a ‘make a Morph’ workshop and a piece of Morph artwork signed by co-founder Peter Lord, plus travel to and from Bristol and a night’s hotel accommodation. Watch this space to find out which of these talented animators will be taking a ‘money-can’t-buy’ trip to Aardman’s studios. The shortlist and winner will be announced on Friday 30 May.

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