Animation News | #1

My latest creative finds from around the web. Enjoy!

  1. Manchester Animation Festival

Manchester Animation Festival

I am very pleased to discover Manchester Animation Festival will be returning for a second year! The festival promises to deliver a jam packed programme featuring animated shorts, feature films, retrospective screenings, workshops, networking events, panel discussions and masterclasses. Sounds like a brilliant line up to me!

When: 15, 16, 17 November 2016

Where: Hosted at HOME in Manchester.

Highlights: Aardman Animation to celebrate their 40th Anniversary at the festival with guest cofounders Peter Lord and David Sproxton.

Find out more:

2. Random Acts

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Kyle Platts and Andy Baker – Toxic Mega Fade

Another welcome return is Channel 4 Random Acts. Partnering with creative platform It’s Nice That, Channel 4’s short film strand brings together an eclectic showcase of some of the most exciting filmmakers working in the industry today.

See more here:

3. Craft


For me, understanding the creative process behind animation is just as fascinating as watching the finished product – which is why I am super excited to have discovered Craft. By signing up to an online subscription members have full access to a library of raw project material, from preproduction to development.

Current featured films include Song of the Sea and Ernest and Celestine, with more titles on the way. This site looks set to become an incredibly inspiring resource for aspiring filmmakers!

Find out more:

4. Jan Svankmajer

Is there an age limit to creating animation? Not according to legendary director Jan Svankmajer. At 81, with an impressive back catalogue of shorts and feature films, Svankmajer has turned to crowdfunding for his next project ‘Insects’. I’m a big fan of his work (Alice is my one of my top 10 favourite films) and have high hopes the project will go full steam ahead.

Check out the Indiegogo campaign here:

5. Griz and Norm

Griz and Norm

Graz and Norm

Griz and Norm (Normand Lemay and Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay) are a talented couple who both work at the Walt Disney Animation Studio. Every Tuesday they post tips and techniques sharing basic art tidbits for those keen to understand the foundation of drawing craft. Check out their posts for bite size tutorials:


6. and finally….

Ollie Johnston


2 responses to “Animation News | #1

  1. I am animator and recently started up my business.. I would like to work in schools all around Leicester. what should I do???

  2. Hi! That’s great that you have started a business. If you are planning to teach animation in schools you will need a DBS check and an idea of how you are going to run the workshop, for example what equipment you’ll need and materials.

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