Cardiff Animation Festival Embarks On its Maiden Voyage
- Written by Sofia Papatsimpa
The fresh Welsh festival is opening its gates this April, introducing promising projects, celebrating British Animation.
Of the nearly 500 animated shorts submitted, 99 were chosen by the selection panel for competing for the Best Short and Best Student Short award. The festival will comprise six themed programmes of carefully selected animated short films from around the world. The Audience Award will give the chance to the public to pick up their own distinguishing shorts.
The festival will as well include themed screenings such as ‘Hindsight’, a programme dedicated to exploring personal and world history, presenting shorts like the Late Afternoon by Louise Bagnall and Daisy Jacobs’ experimental The Full Story together. Other thematic screenings include topics like ‘Close Quarters’, ‘One Way Ticket’, and a ‘Speechless’ programme, dedicated to films without dialogue.
The Breadwinner from multi-Oscar nominated studio Cartoon Saloon, continuing its internationally acclaimed tour, will be also screened ahead of the official UK release.The features programme will also include Early Man from Aardman, supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding, with Animation Director Merlin Crossingham from Aardman giving insight into the film’s creation.
I'm so excited the Cardiff Animation Festival has finally been resurrected, and with the inimitable Lauren Orme and her wonder team at the helm, I know it's going to be a blast. The thought of four days of animated films, presentations and meeting new friends is almost too much to bear - Joanna Quinn, director.
CAF will also showcase Chuck Steel: Night Of The Trampires, the independent stop-motion feature film by Animortal Studio and the film’s director, Mike Mort, will share an exclusive look of behind the scenes of the film. The festival’s audience will also have the chance to see the Trampires – the puppets used in the film - themselves, who will be presented in their very own four-day exhibition.
A different series of parallel family-friendly events will also take place during the festival weekend, including behind-the-scenes of the BAFTA-winning preschool favourite Hey Duggee, presented by creator Grant Orchard from Studio AKA. Also scheduled are two animated family shorts programmes curated by Cardiff-based studio Cloth Cat Animation, including Twin Islands from prestigious animation school Supinfocom, and Croak from Animade’s Frida Ek. Workshops giving children and adults the chance to try animation for the first time will run alongside workshops for seasoned animators.
During Industry Day, Budding directors and creators will have the chance to partake in one-to-ones with Children’s TV Commissioners, opening the festival on Thursday 19th April. The day will include a keynote from Bob Ayres, the head of TrueTube, which gained four BAFTA Children’s Awards at the most recent awards ceremony.
Cardiff Animation Nights, the popular independent animation screening event, held at Kongs in Cardiff City Centre, will feature bi-monthly screenings of animated shorts.
CAF will also host the launch of ‘Anim18, a Celebration of British Animation’, taking place across the UK from April to November 2018. The launch will be a chance to hear more about how Anim18 will be working with a host of partners nationally to showcase the best of British animation – past, present, and future. Some of its basic axes focus on topics including Politics & Persuasion, Young at Heart, Breaking Boundaries and Connections.
Cardiff Animation Festival 2018 will run from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd April at Chapter, an independent arts hub and cinema space in the heart of Cardiff, as well as other Cardiff venues.