Star Studded Animation Festival returns for Successful Fifth Year


The Coraline Model at this years Anifest

The Coraline Model at this years Anifest © Animate and Create

Canterbury played host to some of the biggest names in animation at the fifth Canterbury Anifest this weekend. Film makers and animation students were just some of the crowds who flocked to Augustine House this weekend for the festival.

Over 1000 people attended this year to enjoy the wide variety of talks, screenings and workshops the festival had to offer. Samy Fecih, who produced animation  for the latest Harry Potter and Jim Parkyn from Aardman (Wallace and Gromit) were just a few of those sharing their knowledge with the eager crowds.

For the second year running, Phill Jupitus, of Never Mind the Buzzcocks fame, treated guests to a special screening of his favourite cartoons.

After another amazing year, Festival Director Dan Richards had this to say “It was a fantastic weekend with speakers, volunteers and the audience all enjoying the animation at its best. Anifest is about giving everyone an insight into animation, to inspire them to be creative and to follow their passion for art. From the feedback, we seemed to achieve just that”.

As proud sponsors of the series of master classes that accompanied the event, the Kent Film Office were there to observe the great buzz around the festival and were impressed with the short films entered to the festival. This year Canterbury Anifest spoiled its audience with a selection of films not only from the UK but also from abroad.

Canterbury Anifest 2011 Awards

The best short animated films from across the UK and abroad were selected and showcased at this years awards. The winners were:

EEmma Kennedy, Dan Richards & Phill Jupitus

Emma Kennedy, Dan Richards & Phill Jupitus © Animate and Create

Audience Award:Drawing Inspiration” Directed by Tim McCourt

Best Up-and-Coming British Talent: “The Man who was afraid of falling” Directed by Joseph Wallis

Best International Short Film: “Precise Peter” Directed by Martin Schmidt (Germany)

Best British Short Film: “Drawing Inspiration” Directed by Tim McCourt


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