Milton Keynes youngster in shortlist to win animated film competition

Tia Margan
Tia Margan

A budding 13-year-old filmmaker from Milton Keynes is hoping the public get behind her after she made the shortlist in a national competition.

Morph, one of Aardman’s oldest and best loved animated characters, is lending his support to The Big Lunch this spring; with a competition to find the best of new talent in the world of animation.

Still from Tia Margan's short animation

Still from Tia Margan's short animation

One budding filmmaker who entered the competition is Milton Keynes’ Tia Margan. Tia has reached the final shortlist with her ‘Mad Morph’s Tea Party’ creative entry which can be viewed now via YouTube. Votes for your favourite entry will be considered before the overall winner is announced tomorrow (Friday).

People can vote by liking the link to Tia’s video on The Big Lunch’s Facebook page.

The Big Lunch - the UK’s annual get together for neighbours from the Eden Project which takes place on Sunday, June 1 - challenged young people aged between seven and 15 to create a one minute animation showing what Morph could bring to their Big Lunch. A Big Lunch can be any size and can be held anywhere people can get together - the key ingredients are food, friendship and fun.

The shortlist picked the most original and creative ways in which entrants depicted Morph enjoying himself at his very own neighbourly get-together rather than on technical ability.

The winning film will not only become the official advert for The Big Lunch 2014, but the winner will also receive a private workshop for them and up to 10 friends with one of Aardman’s own professional model makers.

Three runners up will win an exclusive Big Lunch goody bag, including animation software ‘Animate it!’, Aardman’s Cracking Animation book and a Morph DVD, piggy bank and keychain.

For more information on The Big Lunch and how to get involved, visit