A brand new festival has unveiled its intention to unite the international animation community in the city of Manchester. With dedicated animation festivals in short supply in the UK, The Manchester Animation Festival will provide a three day extravaganza of animation in November 2015.
The Manchester Animation Festival has called for entries for its inaugural event. The festival, which will take place on the 17, 18, 19 November 2015 will be hosted at HOME, the newly opened cross arts venue in Manchester.
Categories in competition at the festival include:
• Short Films
• Graduation Film
• Films by Children
Entries can be submitted through the newly launched website www.manchesteranimationfestival.co.uk and submissions will be taken until the 15 August 2015 deadline.
As well as short films in competition the three day festival will present animated feature films, retrospectives, master classes, workshops, national and international director screen talks and Q&As as well as panel discussions giving a broad and dedicated insight into the animation industry. The festival will also partner with Manimation (Manchester’s Animation Conference) which will be running alongside the festival on 18 & 19 November.
Manchester Animation Festival co-director Deb Singleton said “It just makes sense to hold a festival dedicated to animation in a city with such a rich heritage and booming industry like Manchester, with dedicated animation festivals in the UK in short supply and the brand new arts venue HOME opening in the city we now have the perfect opportunity to celebrate this fantastic art form”
The festival will take place in HOME the newly opened centre for contemporary film, art and theatre, theatre and film in the heart of Manchester’s First Street complex.
Tickets for the event will be on sale later this year but you can keep up to date with the festival development through Facebook and Twitter.
The full program will be launched later in the year.