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26th Aug 2003

A short animated film produced by the Nerve Centre has won the top animation award at the Edinburgh Film Festival. "Pullin the Devil by the Tail" won the McLaren Award For New British Animation seeing off competition from over 30 animated film selected as part of the festival.

"Pullin’ the Devil by the Tail" was directed by Letterkenny based animator Stephen McCollum. Stephen’s film featured an animated Folk/punk band who must play a good song for the Devil after killing a goat on the way home from a concert. The film has been well received for it’s deadpan humour, comic timing and the accents of the characters of the film.

The McLaren Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the UK film industry as the Edinburgh Film Festival is the largest film festival in the UK which is well attended by the national and international film industry.

The film was produced by Pearse Moore at the Nerve Centre and made as part of the FRAMEWORKS animation scheme funded by the Irish Film Board, RTE and the Arts Council.

Pearse said “ I am delighted for Stephen as he is a wonderful animator, with a unique vision on the world, and he deserves to be recognised for his talent. To get this award is amazing. The Nerve Centre supported Stephen as a student and we are delighted to be working with him as a professional animator”.

Raw Nerve Productions are developing "Pullin’ the Devil by the Tail" into an animated series and has already secured funding for the series from the Irish Film Board. Expect more adventures from Stephen McCollum and his unique animated characters in the very near future.

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