Manchester Animation Festival Information Session – Report

Posted on: Friday 10 July 2015 1:08am


  • The first Manchester Animation Festival will run from the 17th to the 19th of November 2015.
  • The event will take place at the new venue – HOME – in Manchester.
  • There will be screenings, competition, networking opportunities and informative talks.
  • The Festival will ally with the existing Manimation professional conference produced annually in Manchester by CMC


MAF Maninmation session

Bill Lawrence, Steve Henderson, Andy Wyatt

The Manchester Animation Festival is working with the CMC and Manimation to bring a new animation event to Manchester.

It aims to replace the Bradford Animation Festival, following its cancellation this year, and will take place on the 17th, 18th and 19th of November. The festival is headed up by Steve Henderson, editor of Skwigly, Bill Lawrence, director of Reel Solutions, Jennifer Hall of the film team at HOME, and Deb Singleton,  co-director MAF.

The CMC has produced Manimation in Manchester for the last three years, supported by the Manchester Investment Development Authority, MIDAS.  This animation conference now has its own Advisory Committee chaired by Andy Wyatt of MMU and has been working in co-ordination with the Manchester Animation Festival team. The plan is to host the Manimation professional conference at the same time and at the same venue as the Animation Festival – drawing the public and professional elements of the Festival together.

This year, the festival will be held at HOME in Manchester. The site will host competition screenings, talks in retrospect discussing classic animation, workshops, screen talks and networking events.

Manchester has a rich heritage in the animation industry, and a bright future. Manchester was the home of Cosgrove Hall films, makers of ‘the BFG’ and the original ‘Danger Mouse’.  The city now boats a range of animation companies working to create children’s television, interstitials, commercials, corporate content and major visFX for movies – and the Manimation Conference reflects all of these..

The Manchester Animation Festival has a competition, in which short films (anything under 30 minutes) can be put forward. Specifics can be found in the terms and conditions page on the website.

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