Affairs of the Art

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How many obsessions can one family have? In Joanna Quinn and Les Mills’ Affairs of the Art, we reconnect with Beryl, the working-class heroine who not only reveals her own obsession with drawing but exposes the addictions of her eccentric family, which include pickling, screw threads and pet taxidermy.

Genre: Short, Animation

Welsh Connections

Directed by: Joanna Quinn
Written and Produced by: Les Mills
Producer NFB: Michael Fukushima
Animation: Joanna Quinn, James Nutting
Editor: Mia Rose Goddard
Clean up & Assisting: Marci Rojas, Eliot Cseh, Hannah Jones, Bryony Evans, Mia Rose Goddard
AfterEffects Compositing: Francine Breslin, Mia Rose Goddard
Music: Benjamin Talbott of John Hardy Music
Cast: Menna Trussler, Brendan Charleson, Joanna Quinn, Mali Ann Rees

Production Details

Sound Design: Olivier Calvert

Technical Details

Length: 16mins 23secs
Language: English
Certificate: Uncertified
Format: DCP, MOV/MP4


Date: January 2021 (International Premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival)



  • Award for Best Animation – International Competition, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France (2021)
  • Official Selection – Aspen Shortsfest, Colorado, U.S.A. (2021)
  • Grand Competition – Short Film World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb, Croatia (2021)
  • International Competition – Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Germany (2021)
  • World Animation for Adults – Hong Kong International Film Festival (2021)
  • Winner: Audience Prize at Fantoche Baden – Switzerland (2021)
  • Winner: Grand Prix at the ANIMASYROS International Animation Festival, Greece (2021)
  • Nominated: Best Short Animation, Oscars (2022)

Rightsholder: Les Mills