Bournemouth University film students create award-winning short film for Refuge


Refuge is delighted that a short brand film created by Bournemouth University film students has won the Kingston Smith 2016 Creative Vision Award.

The ‘Alpaca Chinos’, the winning team of film students from Bournemouth University that produced Refuge’s short brand film, created a toy animation set in a child’s bedroom, which depicts a woman trapped because of domestic violence. The well-known imagery of a snow globe was chosen to demonstrate the way in which a woman experiencing abuse is trapped and isolated from the outside world by her perpetrator. As the female character begins to reach out for support, she is assisted by the other toys, which represent Refuge, and breaks free from the globe to begin a new life, free from violence and fear.

The ‘Alpaca Chinos’ won alongside another team, Team Pablo, who made a film for the arts charity Create.

Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of Refuge, said: “Domestic violence is the biggest issue affecting women in this country, yet it is an issue that is under-recognised and often misunderstood. In their animation, the ‘Alpaca Chinos’ have skilfully used a snow globe to demonstrate how men who abuse women purposefully isolate them from family and friends. Women can feel trapped, with no support. Watching the animation could be the first step a woman takes to reaching out to Refuge for support; support which could save a life.”

animationThe Creative Vision Award was first launched by innovative top 20 chartered accountants and business advisers Kingston Smith in 2015, in partnership with Bournemouth University’s BFX Competition. Established to encourage and support success and innovation across two of the firm’s key sectors, charity and media, the Award reflects Kingston Smith’s commitment to helping charities and entrepreneurs reach their full potential.

The films were announced and screened at Kingston Smith’s Creative Vision Award Celebratory Event on 18 October, where the winning teams were presented with the prestigious Creative Vision Award.

Martin Muirhead, Senior Partner at Kingston Smith, said: “It is a privilege to congratulate the incredibly talented winners of this year’s Creative Vision Award, Alpaca Chinos and Team Pablo, on the creation of these outstanding animations. I have no doubt the films will be of great value to Refuge and Create in communicating their important brand messages sensitively and effectively to new audiences and generating high levels of awareness and support.”

 Refuge’s film by the Alpaca Chinos can be viewed at

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Featured image is a still from the animation