The Manchester Animation Festival – a celebration of the animated art form – is taking place on 17, 18, 19th November 2015 and passes and tickets are on sale now.
Animation is everywhere, from the smallest smart phone screen to the largest cinematic projection. The Manchester Animation Festival unites artists, practitioners, students and enthusiasts and all those in between to savour the many and varied achievements of the animated form.
If you’re an animation insider or just want to see something unique, you don’t have to be an animation boffin to join us for animated short competitions, feature films, retrospective screenings, workshops, networking events, panel discussions, masterclasses and screen talks from the industry’s finest over three packed days.
Hosted at HOME in Manchester’s First Street complex, the city’s new centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books, the festival brings one of the UK’s biggest animation hubs together and invites the international community to join us to delight in all things animated.
Guest speakers appearing at the festival include Academy Award nominated Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells director Tomm Moore, Aardman animation director and lead animator Will Becher who will be bringing Shaun the Sheep to the festival as well as Tim Searle, UK comedy animation director who recently brought Mr Bean the Animated Series back to the screen.
The festival also takes a look back at the work of Cosgrove Hall with co-founder Brian Cosgrove who will be presented with the first Manchester Animation Festival Fellowship Award at the festival.
Panels at the festival include Simon’s Cat producer Emma Burch, Morph director Merlin Crossingham and Tall Tales director Jon Turner presenting a close look at the pros and cons of crowd funding animation with How To Make Friends and Animate People: The Art of Crowdfunding. The writing, production and directing team behind the wildly successful new CBBC series of Danger Mouse will unveil the secrets of this rodent renaissance as they take us behind the scenes for an exclusive look at a yet to be aired episode. Whilst the past, present and future of Manchester’s animation legacy and a wider look at the cities booming animation industry will be on display as Factory, Flix Facilities and Mackinnon and Saunders take to the stage for Making it In Manchester.
Acclaimed animator Joanna Quinn will host a life drawing class and Animation Toolkit will be present From Paper to Puppet: Stop Motion Animation Armature Making. Participants will be supplied with an armature from the new range.
A rare UK preview of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet will be screened at the festival, introduced by segment director Tomm Moore. Producer Ondřej Beránek will present his documentary Film Adventurer Karel Zeman, a look back at the work and genius of the Czech filmmaker who has influenced directors such as Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam who both feature in the documentary.
The festival will also be presenting some of the best animated short films an commissioned works from around the world playing in competition. These superbly crafted short films demonstrate the potential of the animated form. Amongst these films one will win the Short Film award. Graduation Films will also be in competition, wether it be an introduction to the industry or a mastery of the art form Graduation films are a presentation of the creative landscapes that can be discovered in an academic environment.
Films by Children created by under 16s displays the kind of youthful exuberance and uninhibited ideas that can only spring fourth from young creatives exploring, enjoying and excelling in animation are also part of the line-up of screenings. These films will also be in competition.
Out of competition panoramas will present versatility and scope of contemporary animation. A mixture of techniques, storytelling and platforms this selection of films represents the breadth of animation, to be enjoyed by all.
The festival will climax with an Award ceremony presented by Barry J. C. Purves where the best Short Films, Graduation Films and the Audience Award (including panoramas films) will be selected by jurors and festival goers and presented with the MAF Awards which have been crafted by Mackinnon and Saunders.