Manchester Animation Festival 2017

Join us this November for an international celebration of all things animated. Manchester Animation Festival returns for its third year with special guests, previews, an international competition, screenings, workshops, retrospectives, masterclasses and more.

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Previously in this Festival

Fellowship Award: Josh Weinstein

Josh Weinstein has spent his career putting words into the mouths of some of televisions most beloved characters having worked on The Simpsons, Futurama, Gravity…

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Masterclass: Nexus

Innovative animation studio Nexus reveal their inner working and uncover how they create engaging stories that go hand in hand with craft and ingenuity.

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A Century of Argentinian Animation

This year we celebrate the 100 years of Argentinian Animation. One hundred years of great films with artistic, technical and thematic diversity, with new formats,…

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Loving Vincent

Co-directors Kobiela and Welchman explore Vincent van Gogh’s most inspirational paintings to tell the story of his remarkable work, career and his untimely and controversial…

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Making of The Twirlywoos

The award winning The Twirlywoos are the latest success story from Ragdoll Productions, learn how they perfected pre-school television animation from the writer, director and…

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Masterclass: The Breadwinner

Visionary studio Cartoon Saloon's Technical Director Mark Mullery will give a behind the scenes look at the making of the Oscar nominated studios adaptation of…

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The World of Ivor Wood

Take a trip down memory lane as we explore the work of the late master of British children's television.

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The World of Tomorrow Double Bill

The highly anticipated follow-up to Don Hertzfeldt's World of Tomorrow finds Emily Prime swept inside the brain of an incomplete back-up clone of her future…

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Tehran Taboo

Tehran is a city full of restrictions and religious laws where any type of crime leads to draconic punishment. Yet, the lust for life in…

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Masterclass: Creating Worlds at Aardman

Will Becher is Animation Director on Nick Park's latest feature film Early Man due for release in January 2018. He has worked as animator, director…

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Off the Leash: Comic to Series

Based on the popular pup-centric comic strip Off the Leash has found fans worldwide. Now Factory have taken artist Rupert Fawcetts creation and created an…

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MAF17 Student Films 1

Whether it be an introduction to the industry or a mastery of the art form, student films are a presentation of the creative landscapes that…

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Bertram Fiddle: A Bleaker Predicklement

Seb Burnett, from Rumpus Animation discusses his befuddling adventures into Game Development.

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Masterclass: Inside the zoo: a glimpse into the past, present and future of Blue Zoo Animation Studio

An inside account of how the studio started by four students has grown to one of the UK's forefront CG animation studios. Studio Co-founder Tom…

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Clangers Kindness Tree

The much-loved Clangers Kindness Tree will be available on the second floor of HOME to give little ones the opportunity to spread a little good…

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MAF17: Awards Ceremony

Selected from over 1100 entries from 70 countries our competition and panorama screenings celebrate a wealth of international animated achievement. Join us for the climax…

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In the Frame: Brexit and the Future of British Animation

What does Brexit mean for the animation sector? The future of the animation sector will be investigated by industry experts.

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MAF17 Short Film Panorama

This selection showcases the versatility and scope of contemporary animation. A mixture of techniques, storytelling and platforms, this panorama represents the breadth of animation.

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MAF17 Student Film Panorama

This selection of Student films showcases the versatility and scope of animation being produced by Students from all over the world. A mixture of techniques,…

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Kay Benbow: Queen Beebies Adventures in Animation

After three decades in television CBeebies controller and champion of animation Kay Benbow leaves her post at the BBC, join us for a look back…

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The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested,…

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MAF17 Commissioned Films

Demonstrating the power and scope of animation our selection of commissioned films is thought provoking, informative and entertaining in equal measure.

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Masterclass: Loving Vincent

The world's first fully painted feature film uses 65,000 hand painted oil paintings to tell the mysterious circumstances around Vincent Van Gogh’s death. The film's…

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My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

From acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw comes an audacious debut that is equal parts disaster cinema, high school comedy and blockbuster satire, told through a…

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MAF17 Family Day

Why should adults have all the fun? This year MAF and the BBC invite families for a day of animated fun, with screenings and events…

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Mackinnon & Saunders: Origins

Mackinnon & Saunders: Origins takes a behind the scenes look inside the workshops of the Altrincham-based puppet makers entrusted with bringing some of animation's most beloved…

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