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Affairs of the Art

Joanna Quinn and Les Mills
2021 | 16 min
2D Animation


Selections and Awards

  • Academy Award® nomination in the Best Animated Short Film categoryAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, U.S.A. (2022)

  • BAFTA nomination in the British Short Animation categoryBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts, United Kingdom (2022)

  • Special Jury Distinction for Direction – Short FilmAnnecy International Animation Film Festival, France (2021)

  • Award for Best Animation – International CompetitionClermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France (2021)

  • Jury Award in the Comedy categoryAspen Shortsfest, Colorado, U.S.A. (2021)

  • Award for Best Short FilmKaboom Animation Festival, Amsterdam (2021)

  • The Profnastil Prize (the best animation of the international competition – short animation) Insomnia International Animation Film Festival, Moscow, Russia (2021)

  • Audience Award – International CompetitionFantoche International Animation Film Festival, Baden, Switzerland (2021)

  • Grand Prize of the International Competition sectionAnimasyros International Animation Festival, Greece (2021)

  • Special Jury Mention – International Short AnimationGuanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico (2021)

  • Audience AwardAnimest International Animated Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania (2021)

  • Award for Best Sound MixingAnimage – International Animation Festival of Pernambuco, Brazil (2021)

  • Audience AwardNew York City Short Film Festival (NYC Shorts) (2021)

  • 2D Narrative Short Award Winner SPARK ANIMATION Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2021)

  • Gold Hugo for Best Animated Short Film Chicago International Film Festival, U.S.A. (2021)

  • Best Animation ShortSanta Fe Independent Film Festival, New Mexico, U.S.A. (2021)

  • VedoAnimato Award Linea d’Ombra Festival, Salerno, Italy (2021)

  • Golden Spike for Best Short Film Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain (2021)

  • Award for Best European Short Film Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain (2021)

  • Special Jury MentionBig Cartoon Festival, Moscow, Russia (2021)

  • Audience Choice AwardBig Cartoon Festival, Moscow, Russia (2021)

  • Best Animated FilmThis is England - Rouen British Short Film Festival, France (2021)

  • Audience AwardThis is England - Rouen British Short Film Festival, France (2021)

  • Grand Prix of the Festival – Golden Jabberwocky of the Anima CompetitionEtiuda&Anima International Film Festival, Poland (2021)

  • People's Choice Award of the Anima CompetitionEtiuda&Anima International Film Festival, Poland (2021)

  • Best British Film AwardLondon International Animation Festival, United Kingdom (2021)

  • Best Director Los Angeles Animation Festival, California (2021)

  • Best Character-Based Short Los Angeles Animation Festival, California (2021)

  • Special Jury MentionManchester Animation Festival, United Kingdom (2021)

  • International Grand PrixTindirindis International Animation Film Festival, Lithuania (2021)

  • Best International Professional Short Animation Dingle festival, Ireland (2022)

  • Winner of Three Categories: Best Short Film Award ● Writers Award – Les Mills ● Best Voice Performance – Menna TrusslerBritish Animation Awards, United Kingdom (2022)

  • Special Jury Award – Short Film CompetitionMONSTRA – Lisbon Animated Film Festival, Portugal (2022)

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Creative Process with Joanna Quinn and Les Mills

Creative Process (Short Version)

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Joanna Quinn and Les Mills – Additional Photos

Director Joanna Quinn

Screenwriter and Producer Les Mills


Joanna Quinn

Photo : M. Rojas

Les Mills
Screenwriter and Producer (Beryl Productions International)

Photo : Joanna Quinn

Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer (NFB)

Photo : David Fine


Film by
Joanna Quinn and Les Mills

Menna Trussler

Ifor . Colin . Lenin . Interviewer
Brendan Charleson

Joanna Quinn

Mum . Edie
Mali Ann Rees

Joanna Quinn
James Nutting

Additional Animation
Marci Rojas
Mia Rose Goddard
Eliot Cseh
Gemma Roberts
Arjan Wilschut
Alex Thompson . Yoana Georgieva
Jordan Alexander Davies . Becky Peel

Clean up & Assisting
Marci Rojas
Eliot Cseh
Hannah Jones
Bryony Evans
Mia Rose Goddard

Colour Design
Les Mills

TVP Colour Design & Compositing
Mia Rose Goddard

After Effects Compositing
Francine Breslin
Mia Rose Goddard

Additional After Effects Compositing
Daniel Evans . Eliot Cseh
Lauren Orme

Mia Rose Goddard

Video Post Production

Original Music
Benjamin Talbott of John Hardy Music

Other Music
Pavanne Pour Une Infante Défunte
Composed by Maurice Ravel . Performance by Anja Woschick
Published by Warner Chappell

Composed by Eugène Pottier/Pierre DeGeyter
Performed by The Moscow Academic Choir
Published By Silva Screen Records Ltd

Body Percussion (Flamenco Rhythm)
Composed & Performed by Salvo Russo
With permission from Salvo Russo

Voices Recording
John Hardy Music
Gorilla TV Ltd.
Bang Post Production Ltd.

Sound Design
Olivier Calvert

Foley Artist
Nicolas Gagnon

Re-Recording Mixer
Paul McFadden
Bang Post Production Ltd.

Technical Advisor NFB
Eloi Champagne

Technical Coordination NFB
Luc Binette
Randell Finnerty

Marketing NFB
Geneviève Bérard
Émilie Ryan

Administration NFB
Rosalina Di Sario
Dominique Forget
Faisal Moula

Thanks to
Catrin Unwin
Sue Goddard
Brian Murrell
Brian Mills
Jane Murrell
Phil Davies
Claire Jennings
Larry Miller
Anna Elizabeth Eijsbouts
Dina Velikovskaya
Lesley Adams and Farnham Animation UCA
Paloma Quinn Mills

Producer NFB
Michael Fukushima

Written and Produced by
Les Mills

Directed by
Joanna Quinn

A Co-Production between Beryl Productions International Ltd and The National Film Board of Canada.


© MMXX1 Beryl Productions International Ltd and the National Film Board of Canada

Press Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745

  • About Beryl Productions International

    Founded in 1987 by Joanna Quinn and Les Mills, Beryl Productions specializes in individually hand-drawn character animation, producing high-quality, accessible work that uses humour as an essential element.

    Beloved films by Beryl Productions include Body Beautiful, Dreams and Desires: Family Ties and most recently, Affairs of the Art, a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada. The company has won close to 100 international awards, including three Emmys, four Baftas, the European Cartoon d’Or and numerous Grand Prix Jury prizes. Famous Fred, based on a children’s book by Posy Simmonds, and Wife of Bath, part of the Canterbury Tales series, both received Oscar® nominations.

    The company has also produced many commissioned films and TV commercials for the North American, Mexican and European markets, including its renowned Charmin bear ads. Beryl Productions also created a highly successful series of Whiskas cat-food ads for the US.

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a leader in exploring animation as an artform, a storytelling medium and innovative content for emerging platforms. It produces trailblazing animated works both in its Montreal studios and across  the country, and it works with many of the world’s leading creators on international co-productions. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including seven Oscars for NFB animation and seven grand prizes at the Annecy festival. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.