Manchester Animation Festival

Part of our Cinema in Manchester and the North guide

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
Manchester Animation Festival

Manchester Animation Festival, online, 15–30 November 2020, from £5 - Book now

Manchester Animation Festival moves online for 2020, with a new format that means its exclusive programme of shorts, feature films, masterclasses and assorted industry events are more accessible than ever. As always, MAF will cater to animation professionals, enthusiasts and fans alike this year, with live streamed, interactive events combined with on-demand films and pre recorded content available for the two-week duration of the festival.

Headline events for the 2020 edition include an exclusive work-in-progress look at Jim Capobianco’s upcoming stop-motion Leonardo da Vinci film, The Inventor, starring Stephen Fry and Daisy Ridley. Capobianco, the Oscar-nominated writer of Pixar’s Ratatouille, will present a talk and live Q&A detailing the new production.

Bob's Birthday
Bob’s Birthday

Meanwhile, the festival’s Fellowship Award goes to Alison Snowden and David Fine of Snowden Fine Animation. The Oscar-winning creators of numerous short films, animated TV series and ads — including Bob’s Birthday and Animal Behaviour — will be honoured with events and a retrospective dedicated to their work. Fans can also ask the pair questions about their practice in a live session.

As always, the joy of Manchester Animation Festival lies in the variety.

As always, the joy of Manchester Animation Festival lies in the variety. Seasoned industry folk and aspiring animators can log in to sessions that detail the principles of model making and the nuances of voice acting, assist with the details of pitching a project, or learn the finer points of how to attain that vital funding.

For fans of the form young and old, there is a selection of 98 short films picked from 30 countries — subjects run the gamut from dystopian visions, to a tale of dinosaurs on the moon. Family Day returns too, with a curated set of films bolstered by Aardman Animation sculptor Jim Parkyn who invites audiences to grab their plasticine for a guided live sculpt-along.

Manchester Animation Festival, online

15–30 November 2020
From £5