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Cardiff Animation Festival Online 2020 Goes Global

Although Cardiff Animation Festival had to cancel its 2020 event, the lovely folks at Cardiff Animation (who host both CAF and the regular Cardiff Animation Nights screenings) have been having regular online events for the benefit of the community in Cardiff and beyond. The hope had been that the in-person festival would be able to be rearranged when all this had died down. Sadly, it's become clear that with the UK subject to new restrictions, that's not likely to happen any time soon. The good news is that CAF has now announced that they will be taking as many of the previously announced events planned for the festival online as possible. And it will be accessible from wherever you are in the world.

Lauren Orme, Festival Director of Cardiff Animation Festival, says: "We were so disappointed to have to postpone the festival back in March, but running online events has really re-energised us, and made it possible to bring our audiences together and keep people entertained while everyone’s been more isolated. We’re so excited to finally be able to bring our Cardiff Animation Festival 2020 events to adults, families, animators, and animation fans online for the rest of this year."

This will include bringing their entire shorts programme online, featuring the 118 in-competition short films from around the world. They will screen as part as seven themed programmes for adults and two for children. They will be available from Saturday, October 24 to Sunday, November 1.  The CAF Awards will be handed out online on November 1. The shorts programmes will be opened by a new Cardiff Animation Nights screening.

On October 24 Welsh animator Simon Chong will join live from LA, where he works as a director on Bob's Burgers. Simon will talk about how his fan-animated Bob's Burgers and Archer crossover caught the attention of series creator Loren Bouchard and landed him a job on the Fox series, and take part in a live Q&A.

Gutsy Animation's episode director Avgousta Zoureldi will offer audiences of all ages a look at the making of the Emmy-nominated Moominvalley. Director Gerald Conn will give audiences a sneak peek behind the scenes of the world's first sand-animated feature The Heart Of Darkness, adapted from the Joseph Conrad novel.

Industry panels will include Storytelling For Animation, chaired by award-winning animation writer and director Evgenia Golubeva and featuring a panel of animation creatives from across the industry. Animators can show their work-in-progress and get professional feedback from fellow animators at the first online Animation Grill, organised by Gareth Cavanagh.

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