Manchester Animation Festival Announces 2016 Programme

We’ll be returning to HOME after a highly successful first year that saw sell out performances, screenings and events led by key figures from the world of animation, attracting a total of over 4,400 attendances over 3 days.


This year Aardman Animation co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton will be celebrating 40 years of the studio as they are presented with the festival fellowship award, we’ll also screen a selection of their classic films.

Lupus Films will give audiences a behind the scenes look of their recent adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ masterpiece Ethel and Ernest, a BFI-backed film which will be released in the UK on 28 October. French studio, Folimage, best known for their award winning feature A Cat in Paris, will be welcomed to Manchester to present their latest project Phantom Boy.  There will also be a unique opportunity to discover the technique and technology behind Blue Zoo’s immersive virtual reality short Hoodoo which will premiere at the festival. Ground-breaking UK director and producer Chris Shepherd will also present a masterclass and retrospective of his work.

Ethel and Ernest

Panel discussions include In the Frame: Women in Animation which promises a lively debate focusing on the representation of women in animated films, whilst In Your Own Time discovers the passion and determination behind seminal projects such as The Sandman with co-creator Ian Mackinnon, the explosive Chuck Steel with creator Mike Mort and the early years of Aardman presented by the company’s founders. Kovásznai: A Cold War Artist brings to life the art and craft of Hungarian cold-war animator György Kovásznai and the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation share some of the treasures of their vast collection with a screening of the rarely seen short film Ray Harryhausen and Me, presented by foundation trustee John Walsh. We also takes a look at the latest animation books that dissect the world of animation and meet the authors behind them in Book Your Ideas Up.

The Red Turtle

We’re thrilled to have a special preview of Michael Dudok de Wit’s critically acclaimed Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle.  The fascinating documentary about determined Disney animator Floyd Norman: An Animated Life also plays. Other screenings include Ethel and ErnestPhantom Boy and an anniversary screening of the Ray Harryhausen classic Clash of the Titans screening from a 35mm print.


Not to be missed the competition screenings have been selected from over 900 entries, representing 63 countries celebrating the fantastic international wealth of animated achievement in the Commissioned FilmsShort FilmsShort Shorts and Student Films. Each of the categories will be awarded a prize each, the magnificent “Bee Award” created by master model makers Mackinnon and Saunders. The newly introduced Industry Excellence Awards will award individual contributions to WritingStoryboarding and Character Animation the awards are complimented by special workshops hosted by Andrew Burrell (Script Editor/Writer Danger Mouse), Jez Hall (Storyboard Artist Cosgrove HallBrown Bag Films) and character animator Bader Badruddin (Character Animator Blue Zoo). BAFTA-winning animator Joanna Quinn will be hosting a Life Drawing Workshop and online animation magazine will host The Skwigly Screening featuring fantastic short films as well as presenting The Skwigly Animation Podcast LIVE from the festival and their always popular Animation Quiz.

Manchester Animation Festival takes place at HOME on from 15 – 17 November 2016. Tickets and passes are on sale now!