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Manchester Animation Festival To Host 'The Prophet', Brian Cosgrove and More

A few days ago we reported that Tomm Moore would be making an appearance at the forthcoming Manchester Animation Festival, to host a special Master Class. The full program for the inaugural MAF has now been revealed- and Moore's appearance is just one part of a very impressive line-up of leading lights of British and Irish animation.

The double Oscar-nominee is doing double duty in fact, and Tomm will also be on hand to introduce the first UK confirmed screening of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, which he directed a sequence for. The festival will also be handing out a Fellowship award, and the first recipient will be British animation legend Brian Cosgrove. Alongside the late Mark Hall, Cosgrove was co-founder of the much-loved studio Cosgrove Hall, responsible for such classic series as Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, The Wind In The Willows and many more.

Further masterclasses will be held by Aardman animator Will Belcher (alongside a screening of Shaun The Sheep) and 2D animator Tim Searle- who has worked on series such as Mr Bean and 2DTV.

Beyond that, there will be screenings of shorts, both in competition and not, as well as talks and other events, covering such topics as crowdfunding and the making of the Danger Mouse remake.

Tickets are on sale now, but don't hang around. Visit the website for full details.