30 minute TV special for family viewing
Based on the book by Michael Foreman, WAR GAME tells the story of Will, Lacey and Freddie – three young Suffolk lads who leave their idyllic country lives to fight in the trenches of World War I. Surrounded by the chaos and confusion of war, they can only dream of their football team, their friends and the families they have left behind.
On Christmas Day 1914 however, a football game is started between the Germans and the English. Scrambling onto No Man’s Land, the men come face to face with the enemy they have never seen, and the true futility of their fight. For a brief moment differences are forgotten, the men unite and the seeds of hope are planted. But joy has no place in war and the men are soon recalled to the trenches to continue the battle.
From a football game in the fields of Suffolk to a football game in the heart of Flanders, WAR GAME follows the realisation of three young men’s ambitions to play for England and the ability of the human spirit to rise above the hardest of times. Featuring a powerful and moving sound track from the composer Julian Nott, and including Kate Winslet on the voice track.
Children’s Choice Award – The British Animation Awards, UK 2002
The Pulcinella Award for Best Production of the Year – Cartoons on the Bay – Italy 2002
1st Prize – Children’s Choice – Cinemagic Festival, Northern Ireland 2002
Best Television Special – Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France 2002
International Student Jury Award
BANFF International Television Festival, Canada 2002
Silver Griffon – Best Animated Short – Giffoni International Film Festival, Italy 2002
Winner – Animation category – Tokyo Kinder Film Festival, Japan 2002
2nd Prize of Children Award – International Film Festival for Children & Youth – Uruguay 2002
Golden Butterfly Award – Best Short Film, International Festival of Film & Video, Iran 2002
Grand Prix du Festival
Bourg-en-Bresse Festival, France 2002
Alves Costa Award, Cinanima Festival, Portugal 2002
Youth Jury Award for Most Inspirational Short Film or Video (Ages 9 – 12) , Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families, Canada 2002
Bronze Prize, Tehran International Animation Festival 2003
Golden Prize for the Best Animation Film, Children’s International Jury Prize & Unicef Prize, Cairo International Film Festival for Children 2003
Best Animation Prize, ANIMA´03 – II Córdoba Animation Celebration, Argentina 2003
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