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'Manchester Animation Festival' Returns This November

Last year saw the inaugural Manchester Animation Festival take place to considerable success. After such an auspicious debut, it seemed more than likely it would be back and sure enough, it was announced the event would return on November 15th-17th 2016. With this year's festival approaching fast, the organizers have now revealed the line-up for 2016. It will again take place at HOME, in the First Street complex of Manchester, England.

MAF will shine the spotlight on British animation studio Aardman, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton will be attending, and The festival will be awarding them the Fellowship Award as well as dedicating an evening's programming to their past works.

UK made 2D animation Ethel and Ernest will be screening, alongside a Making Of presentation, and Studio Ghibli/ Michael Dudok de Wit's The Red Turtle will also be shown. French feature Phantom Boy (which has yet to see release in the UK) will also be screening and producers Folimage will be hosting a masterclass.

A masterclass will also be presented by Blue Zoo and acclaimed independent animator Joanna Quinn will be hosting a life-drawing session. Other events include a focus on Women In Animation that promises to offer a "lively and thought provoking session" about how women and represented in the industry both on screen and behind the camera.

The festival will also feature short films shown in competition, with the awards ceremony closing out the festival.

For full details or to book your tickets visit the MAF site.