AN animator from St Austell has won another award at a film festival in Japan.

Ignatius Rake scooped the best music video award at the Kaminari Japan Film Festival in Tokyo.

The festival saw film-makers and animators from 30 different countries vying for indie film-making accolades.

Ignatius won his award for the animated music video he made for “She’s So Spector-Esque”, a retro-soul song by St Austell ska and soul singer Andy Keys Clark.

With a run-time of four minutes 32 seconds, the video is a tribute to 1960s singer Ronnie Spector and follows the story of a lovestruck astronaut as he travels across the cosmos to reunite with his enigmatic alien lover.

Ignatius has so far received 26 different accolades at film festivals across Europe, Asia and North America, including the Japan Indies Music Video Awards.

He said: “I am truly delighted and honoured to have won this award at the Kaminari Japan Film Festival.

“Since its founding in 2020 by legendary radio DJ Mike Rogers, the Kaminari has earnt an enviable reputation as a true bastion of independent film-making not only in Japan, but across the planet as a whole.”

Ignatius has also heard that “She’s So Spector-Esque” had made it into the official selection for the upcoming Tokyo International Short Film Festival.

He said: “I've got a load of other events and film festivals to go to in Tokyo over the next few weeks, not to mention filming various Japanese actors and actresses for upcoming future videos.

“I've also filmed a couple of gigs for different Japanese bands that I'm making music videos for and have a whole load more concerts to film shortly, not to mention filming a promo video for a very gifted Japanese tattoo artist.

“I guess, in the words of American indie band Pixies, ‘this ain't no holiday’, but I’m not complaining – I’m loving every minute of it. Japan rocks!”

Andy Keys Clark said: “A lot of hard work went into producing 'She’s So Spector-Esque' musically and Iggy's visually creative genius has not only complemented it perfectly, but has literally taken it into a whole new dimension!”

Andy is an independent singer, songwriter, musician and producer who has worked and played with a number of big names. Although his roots are found within the genre of ska, his music encompasses a range of different styles, from retro-soul to reggae and indie pop.

The video for “She’s So Spector-Esque ”can be viewed on YouTube and via Ignatius's Ninjin Art website

Originally an analogue collage artist, Ignatius these days creates digital artworks using the same cut-and-paste principles but employing modern technology to produce images that blend photographic realism with the physiologically impossible.