In 1995, after completing an art foundation course, Leigh went to University in Hull, leaving with a first in graphic design. 1999 saw her starting a post-graduate course at the National Film and Television School in Animation Direction where she made two short animated films, "Excess Baggage" and "Novelty". "Novelty" has since toured the world at countless festivals bringing home numerous prizes and awards including the 2002 British Animation Award for Best Creative Use of New Media.
Since leaving the NFTS, Leigh has made a further three films; the first, "Matryoshka", was for Sonimation, a sound and animation collaboration commission that toured the UK in 2001. The second, "Sprung", was a one minute film which was made on channel 4's 2001 TV series "Celmates", where 5 animators were locked in a room for 72 hours with only pencils, computers and their wits and left to create a film. The third, "Moo(n)", a Channel 4/AIR commission, was completed in 2003 and is still being screened at festivals internationally. Moo(n) has won several awards and commendations, and was selected for The Sundance Film Festival 2004.
Leighs latest short film Stalk was commissioned as part of the Pulse scheme with the London Film Fund. Stalk is currently travelling around the world in ResFest and other international festivals. It has just been screened at the London Film Festival and has just picked up an award at Winterthur Short Film Festival 2005 (for the outstanding directorial achievement).
She has recently completed work at Tiger Aspect as art director for a new 26 episode animated series called "Charlie and Lola", based on the books by Lauren Child.
Leigh is represented by Slinky Pictures as one of their exclusive animation directors. (via)
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