Fes­ti­val’s fo­cus on best in an­i­ma­tion

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A UK-WIDE cel­e­bra­tion of an­i­ma­tion show­cas­ing the best of Bri­tish tal­ent launches this month in Cardiff.

From child­hood favourites to ex­per­i­men­tal shorts, Anim18 will run un­til Novem­ber, with screen­ings, work­shops and pop-up events putting Bri­tish an­i­ma­tion firmly in the spot­light.

Anim18 launches on Fri­day at Chap­ter Arts Cen­tre as part of the Cardiff An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val, along­side satel­lite launches around the UK.

Events will in­clude screen­ings of clas­sics such as Water­ship Down and new re­leases in­clud­ing Aard­man’s Early Man and Wes An­der­son’s Isle of Dogs, which was made in the UK. Brand new com­mis­sions will also be un­veiled.

Led by Film Hub Wales and Chap­ter, the pro­gramme will ex­plore the his­tory of Bri­tish an­i­ma­tion, from early tech­niques to mod­ern tech­nolo­gies such as gam­ing and VR.

Hana Lewis of Film Hub Wales said: “Au­di­ences will have the chance to dis­cover di­verse new voices and tech­niques break­ing into the in­dus­try and en­joy Bri­tish an­i­mated clas­sics in su­perb cinema set­tings across the UK.

“It’s an op­por­tune and ex­cit­ing time to cel­e­brate the his­toric cul­ture of Bri­tish an­i­ma­tion in the UK and ex­plore the fu­ture. From com­mer­cial to cult pop­cul­ture, and chil­dren’s pro­gram­ming, Bri­tish an­i­ma­tion can ap­peal to all ages.”

Au­di­ences will have the chance to see newly-re­mas­tered films from the BFI Na­tional Ar­chive’s unique an­i­ma­tion col­lec­tion and get in­volved in pop-up ac­tiv­i­ties such as ani­jams and game­jams. They will even be able to smell their way through scratch’n’sniff screen­ings, and ex­pe­ri­ence live sound­tracks and sin­ga­longs.

“An­i­ma­tion is like magic – it cap­tures the imag­i­na­tion in a unique way, bring­ing char­ac­ters and sto­ries to life on screen,” says Anim18 project man­ager Re­becca Gold­smith.

Anim18 is sup­ported by the BFI, award­ing funds from the Na­tional Lot­tery, and by the Bri­tish Coun­cil.

Sally Grif­fith, di­rec­tor of cinema at Chap­ter and di­rec­tor of Film Hub Wales said: “Cardiff has long been recog­nised as a home for an­i­ma­tion, from the early out­ings of Jerry The Trou­ble­some Tyke to an­i­ma­tors such as Baftaw­in­ning Joanna Quinn and Cloth­cat An­i­ma­tions, work­ing to­day to sur­prise, chal­lenge and en­ter­tain au­di­ences.

“We’re pleased to be able to cel­e­brate that her­itage and play a part in de­vel­op­ing its fu­ture.”

Anim18 or­gan­is­ers are invit­ing au­di­ences to join in and con­trib­ute to a dig­i­tal hub – a space to share film ti­tles and re­sources, show­case ac­tiv­ity that is hap­pen­ing across the UK, and cel­e­brate the best in Bri­tish an­i­ma­tion.

Anim18’s launch forms part of the brand new Cardiff An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val, run­ning from April 19 to 22 at Chap­ter.

The re­turn of the an­i­ma­tion fes­ti­val to Cardiff has been warmly wel­comed, with tick­ets sell­ing fast.

The fes­ti­val will com­prise six themed pro­grammes of some of the best an­i­mated short films from around the world. Of the nearly 500 an­i­mated shorts sub­mit­ted, 99 were cho­sen by the se­lec­tion panel to be screened in com­pe­ti­tion for the Best Short and Best Stu­dent Short award, and au­di­ences will have a chance to vote for their favourite to win the Au­di­ence Award.

Themed groups of films in­clude Hind­sight, a pro­gramme ded­i­cated to ex­plor­ing per­sonal and world his­tory, and Speech­less, cel­e­brat­ing films with­out di­a­logue.

Highly-an­tic­i­pated film The Bread­win­ner from multi-Os­car nom­i­nated stu­dio Car­toon Saloon will screen ahead of its of­fi­cial UK re­lease. The an­i­mated drama about a lit­tle girl liv­ing un­der Tal­iban rule is di­rected by Nora Twomey and pro­duced by An­gelina Jolie. The fea­tures pro­gramme will also in­clude Early Man from Aard­man, with an­i­ma­tion di­rec­tor Mer­lin Cross­ing­ham giv­ing in­sight into the film’s cre­ation.

“We’re so ex­cited that Cardiff is be­com­ing such a cre­ative and sup­port­ive hub,” says fes­ti­val co-or­gan­iser Dani Abram.

“The an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try has long since thrived here and it looks set to grow and grow. The ad­di­tion of a ded­i­cated an­i­ma­tion fes­ti­val is yet more proof of that.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the fes­ti­val, visit www.cardif­fan­i­ma­tion. com

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