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Cardiff Animation Festival Reveals 2020 Shorts Selection

After a very successful inaugural edition of its new iteration, Cardiff Animation Festival is set to return this April. Brought to you by the team behind the regular Cardiff Animation Nights, the festival will feature short film programmes, feature films, masterclasses, workshops, filmmaker Q&As, industry events, panels, networking events and parties.

The festival has now revealed its official selection for the 118 shorts screening in competition. The selection represents a diverse range of voices from all kinds of backgrounds from all over the world. Over a quarter of the films selected come from filmmakers of colour and over half were directed by women.

"We’re so excited to be back and bringing another jam-packed lineup of animation to Cardiff this April. Animation is an artform that doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves, and we’re really proud to celebrate it," said CAF director Lauren Orme. "We had so many amazing animated short films to choose from this year that we decided to add an extra programme. We’ve got a brilliant and diverse selection of shorts that we’re really excited to share. There’s a huge audience for animation in Cardiff and beyond – the inaugural Cardiff Animation Festival in 2018 was really well received, with sell-out audiences and a huge buzz. We can’t wait to do it all again this year."

The films will screen in themed strands. Truth will feature documentary animation. Dare will be a late-night screening of dark and strange shorts. Speechless will showcase films with no written or spoken dialogue.  Mind and Body feature works that explore neurodiversity and mental health and the physical body respectively and Heart features films based around the theme of love.  Cynefin- a Welsh word with no direct English translation but which roughly means habitat- is made up of films about the environment and the world around us. Finally,  Cardiff based animation studio Cloth Cat has selected two programmes of shorts for children, one suitable for ages three and up, one for seven and overs.

You can see the full selection here.

Cardiff Animation Festival 2020 will take place from Apil 2-5  at Chapter an independent arts hub and cinema space in Cardiff.  Festival passes will be available soon, including a limited number of Early Bird passes.