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Bolt receives Emmy Nomination

Usain St Leo Bolt has received a Daytime Emmy nomination for the animated short film The Boy Who Learned to Fly. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Usain St Leo Bolt said he was humbled to have received a Daytime Emmy nomination for the animated short film The Boy Who Learned to Fly earlier this year.

The film released prior to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, traces the eight-time Olympic gold medallist’s humble beginnings as a schoolboy in rural Jamaica, following his introduction to the sport of track and field and his struggles to manage the weight of expectations as he emerges as a sporting icon.

It was nominated in the category of Outstanding Special Class Animated Programme.

“I am just happy and humbled that the story of a boy from the hills of Sherwood Content can resonate in such a way that it would receive an Emmy nomination,” the now-retired Bolt said.

The seven-minute film was directed by Limbert Fabian and Jacob Wyatt and produced by Gatorade and Moonbot Studios. It was described by critics as ‘colourful and charming’ with ‘gorgeous animation’ and combines flat colours with 3D environments.

Viewed more than six million times, the film won the Clio Award for Branded Entertainment.

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