Pollyanna Films is an independent animation production house started in 2020 by Cath Murphy.
Pollyanna Films Director Cath Murphy completed Animation at VCA Film School in 1998. Her shorts have won numerous awards, screened on the International Film Festival circuit, been sold to local and international broadcasters and funded by state and federal film funding agencies.
In 2009 Cath started the Rural Animation Project offering animation training in alternative education centres in regional Victoria. The project was funded with assistance from The Scanlon foundation, VicArts, Berry St, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Youth Junction. The project was invited to teach newly arrived asylum seekers at the Shepparton English Language Centre(SELC). Coproductions by the Rural Animation Project and SELC won Best Middle School Animation at the Australian Teachers of Media awards in 2012 for A Family of Weddings (included in the Next Gen program at MIFF), was nominated for Best Short Form Doco at the 2013 ATOM awards in the Professional category for Culture Bowl. The Rural Animation Project was also nominated for Best Primary Animation at the 2012 ATOM awards for What’s Next created with students at Strathewen Primary School. The Rural Animation Project mentored VCA Film School alumni students on community partnerships and presented at the Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom in Osaka, Japan in April 2014 .
A number of freelance animators, artists and professionals who assisted in the completion of shorts on the Rural Animation Project continue to work on professional animations at Pollyanna Films.
In January 2021 Pollyanna Films short animation White Goods will be screening at Flickerfest.
White Goods is the first animated doco from our series Socially Sanctioned– a 6 part series about things that we all know about that shouldn’t be happening.