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Anim18 Celebrates British Animation At Events Across The UK

Anim18 is a celebration of animation, showcasing the best in British talent that will run from April, right through to November. Events will be held across the UK, with launch events taking place in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.

The official launch will take place at Cardiff Animation Festival this week., with satellite launch events also taking place in Belfast (Belfast Film Festival), Edinburgh (Edinburgh International Film Festival) and Birmingham (Flatpack Film Festival).

Supported by partners including Film Hub, The BFI and Chapter, Cardiff, events will include screenings- both of the latest films and classics, workshops and pop-up events at venues including 12 Festivals, which also include Encounters in Bristol and The Manchester Animation Festival.

The UK-wide celebration will explore four main strands:

Politics and Persuasion: Animations that aim to inform and persuade, including propaganda films, public information films, social justice campaigns and features with a political message or agenda.

• Young at Heart: Showcasing childhood favourites with intergenerational appeal, from kids TV to family-friendly films.

• Breaking Boundaries: Exploring the best in experimental animations and technological innovations, including computer animation, gaming and VR.

• Connections: Tracing British connections in international animations.

Anim18 will also showcase and celebrate inclusion, with events focussed on Women In Animation, a partnership with The BAME in Games Network and more.

Hana Lewis of Film Hub Wales says:

Audiences will have the chance to discover diverse new voices and techniques breaking into the industry and enjoy British animated classics, such as Animal Farm and When the Wind Blows, in superb cinema settings across the UK.

It’s an opportune and exciting time for the BFI Film Audience Network to celebrate the historic culture of British animation in the UK and explore the future. From commercial, to cult, pop-culture and children’s programming, British animation can appeal to all ages.

Anim18 Project Manager, Rebecca Goldsmith adds:

Animation is like magic – it captures the imagination in a unique way, bringing characters and stories to life on screen. The UK has a strong heritage in doing this well, and we are excited to be shining a light on the animators and studios who have produced work at the forefront of innovation since the early beginnings of animation

The organisers are inviting audiences to get involved, and contribute to a digital hub: a space to share film titles and resources, showcase activity that is happening across the UK, and celebrate the best in British animation. You can sign up and get more information here.