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Animation Producer and Consultant
With twenty years experience, Helen has worked extensively in the animation industry, firstly joining the BBC as a production co-ordinator and then as an assistant for the Cardiff International Animation Festival.
Joining Aardman in 1993, she established herself within production and was approached by S4C to produce two ‘World Faith’ animated films. She then worked as a production manager on ‘Wife of Bath’ directed by Joanna Quinn and produced by Les Mills, which received an Academy Award nomination and a host of other awards at major International Animation Festivals.
In 1999 Helen, returned to Aardman Animations where she played an important part in developing new projects for Aardman’s Broadcast production slate and heading up the short film content, executive producing the BAFTA winning ‘The Pearce Sisters’.
Since December 2008 she has worked as a freelance animation producer and consultant for clients including ArthurCox, Brothers Mcleod, Wonky, Snapper-Films, South West Screen, Children’s Media Conference and CBBC. The Brothers McLeod series ‘Quiff and Boot’ which Helen produced recently won a Children’s BAFTA.
In addition to her busy work schedule she finds time to programme animation and moderate sessions for festivals, sit on the board for South West Screen, Animated Exeter, the British Animation Awards and is a visiting lecturer in animation. She has been on the advisory board for the Cheltenham Screenwriters’ Festival and Animated Encounters and was a special jury member for SICAF, Seoul Animation festival in 2004, Trickfilm festival, Stuttgart in 2007 and Supinfocom 2008. She also co-hosts a local animation forum.