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Cardiff Animation Festival Announces Debut Line-Up

Cardiff Animation Festival (CAF) is the brand new animation festival from the people behind the regular Cardiff Animation Nights events. The first festival is set to take place April 19-22 at independent art-hub/cinema Chapter, and the details have now been revealed- and it's looking very exciting!

The festival will feature a screening of the Oscar-nominated, The Breadwinner from Nora Twomey and Cartoon Saloon, ahead of its UK release, and a screening of Aardman's latest Early Man, with Animation Director Merlin Crossingham in attendance to give audiences a look into the film's creation.

Upcoming indie stop-motion feature Chuck Steel: Night Of The Trampires (which is being produced in Bridgend, Wales)  meanwhile, will be celebrated with a four-day exhibition, giving you a chance to "a chance to get face to face with the incredible puppets from the film, the amazingly detailed miniature streets of LA, and meet the hero himself, Chuck Steel."

The program will also include 99 short films (selected from nearly 500 submissions) that will compete for Best Short, Best Student Short and the Audience Award. They will screen as part of themed screenings, including Hindsight, Close Quarters, One Way Ticket and Speechless- the latter celebrating dialogue-free films. Check out the full selection here.

Events aimed at families include a chance to see behind the scenes of the fantastic pre-school show Hey Duggee presented by creator Grant Orchard from Studio AKA, and two family shorts programs presented by renowned Cardiff-based studio Cloth Cat Animation.

The festival will open with an Industry day,  featuring the opportunity for directors and creators to have one-to-ones with Children’s TV Commissioners, a key-note from  Bob Ayres, the head of TrueTube, and closing the day out with Cardiff Animation Nights at  Kongs in Cardiff City Centre.

CAF will also host the official launch of Anim18: A Celebration of British Animation. a series of events that will take place throughout the UK between April and November this year.

For more details and for tickets head to the festival site now.