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Cardiff Animation Festival Full 2020 Program Unveiled [UPDATED]

UPDATE 17/03.  Sadly, in the light of the ongoing events, the organisers have been forced to postpone the festival:

"Chapter, our main venue, took the very difficult decision today to close until 19th April. Even if this hadn't made it impossible for the festival to go ahead as scheduled, we couldn't in good conscience go ahead in April with the current guidance from government advising against attending cinemas and gatherings. We have a responsibility to look after the health of our audiences, filmmakers, guest speakers, partners and our team, which we take really seriously.

We know this will be a huge disappointment to everyone who was looking forward to attending the festival. We are so disappointed as well not to be able to bring you the festival as scheduled, after we and our partners have poured so much love and time into planning it. We are working hard to bring you everything we have planned at a later date when it's safe to bring people together again. All tickets and passes will remain valid for rescheduled activity. We will announce rescheduled dates as soon as we can. Please bear with us while we work through everything we have to do to make this happen."


Cardiff Animation Festival returns next month, bringing the best in animation to the Welsh capital. The shorts line-up has already been announced, as have highlights including events focussed on Moominvalley, Bob's Burgers and His Dark Materials. Now, as individual tickets go on sale the festival has announced its full line-up.

This year's feature selection is headed up by a chance to see Jeremy Clapin's acclaimed I Lost My Body and The Swallows Of Kabul on the big screen. British indie stop-motion feature Strike will have a screening accompanied by a director's Q&A and Shaun The Sheep Farmageddon gets a special 'relaxed' screening. The festival is also teaming up with Darkened Rooms to screen a day of films at the nearby Cardiff Castle for Underground Cinema. The line-up includes classics Sleeping Beauty, Fantastic Mr Fox, Your Name, Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm and the Welsh-language version of The Secret Of Kells.

Speaking of Kells, Lorraine Lordan from Cartoon Saloon will join the festival for a masterclass discussing her career at the Irish studio. Her credits include effects animator on Kells, animation director on The Breadwinner and animation supervisor on Puffin Rock.

The festival will also feature a look behind the scenes of new CG family serries The Adventures Of Paddington with Blue Zoo Animation and a masterclass on Heart Of Darkness, the world's first san-animated feature film, currently in production in Wales.

Throughout the festival, attendees will be able to check out a free four-day Aaradman exhibition, featuring sets and models from Early Man and Farmageddon.

Industry and networking events include the return of Animation Grill, and Animator's Brunches and Freelancer Focus. Also taking place at the festival will be Cardiff Animation Nights and a Drink and Draw event.

Cardiff Animation Festival takes place April 2- 5 at Chapter.  Visit the website for the full program and tickets.