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Manchester Animation Festival

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

12:00 AM

Thursday, 15 November 2018

11:59 PM

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, M15 4FN

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Manchester Animation Festival is the UK’s largest Animation Festival dedicated celebration of the animated art form.

Hosted at HOME in Manchester, the festival brings one of the UK’s biggest animation hubs together and invites the international community to join us to delight in all things animated.

Animation is everywhere, from the smallest smart phone screen to the largest cinematic projection. Manchester Animation Festival unites artists, practitioners, students and enthusiasts and all those in between to savour the many and varied achievements of the animated form.

If you’re an animation insider or just want to see something unique, you don’t have to be an animation boffin to join us for animated short competitions, feature films, retrospective screenings, workshops, networking events, panel discussions, masterclasses and screen talks from the industry’s finest over three packed days.

Festival Guests Include...


Beth joined Disney in 2014 to look after the production of animated content for Disney Channels across the EMEA region. Over the last twenty years, she has worn a number of different hats: running a studio, as head of production for an international brand management company, a freelance producer and a social entrepreneur.

An Academy and BAFTA award winning Producer, Gareth is Head of Film at ScreenSkills where he leads on the delivery of the Future Film Skills 10-point action plan and sets the overall strategic direction for the Film Skills Investment Fund.


Jeroen Jaspaert directed Stick Man for Magic Light Pictures in 2015. The award-winning animation premiered that year on BBC One Christmas Day and achieved record ratings of 9.3 million viewers.


Sarah Legg-Barratt joined the BBC in 2004 after managing the A&R department of influential record label Good Looking Records. She has worked extensively for BBC Children’s during her time at the broadcaster in a wide range of roles. She has worked as a Programme Executive on many of the channel’s popular animations including Peter Rabbit, Messy Goes to OKIDO, Pablo, School of Roars, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and Postman Pat.

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After 40 years in the animation industry we take a look back on Barry’s career and talk through it with the man himself in an event not to be missed.


Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, the 12-year-old who sets off alone in search of his dog, Spots. With the assistance of a pack of newly found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey. Wes Anderson’s return to stop motion animation is a visual treat and will captivate viewers of all ages.


Join animators and animation fans for a chance to laugh, cry, network, gossip, mingle, commune and drink proper northern beer until last orders at the bar!


Founded by artists and led by a love for craft and storytelling The Line are an arts collective that have developed some of the most innovative short films and commercials of recent years to the screen. Join Max Taylor and Tim McCourt for a masterclass in making things The Line way.

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