Published On: Sat, Sep 20th, 2014 on 5:49 pm

Bradford Animation Festival 2014 programme revealed

Bradford Animation Festival

Mackinnon & Saunders puppets gained much attention last year

The Bradford Animation Festival (BAF) has announced its 2014 programme with a line-up of pioneers from the worlds of animation, gaming and visual effects.

Taking place from 17 November to 22 November, the National Media Museum is expected to attract industry leaders, fans, students and families to a packed programme of talks, master-classes and screenings.

It will host centenary celebrations for animator Joy Batchelor, a screening of the oldest surviving animated feature and the presentation of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award that is yet to be revealed.

Festival director, Deb Singleton, said: “The festival creates a brilliant atmosphere around the National Media Museum, where the whole six-day event takes place, offering the chance for industry greats, fans and students to meet and be inspired by a shared passion.

“For anyone interested in animation, the festival also is a great time to visit Bradford, UNESCO’s First City of Film, to make new discoveries and enjoy old favourites in an unrivalled setting.”

Charles Cecil MBE will kick off the festival on 17 November, shedding light on his experience from founding game company Revolution to the company’s success with ‘Broken Sword 5’.

On 18 November, ‘The Boxtrolls’ will be screened at the festival, a stop-motion animated feature created by Oregon-based studio LAIKA, which made the critically acclaimed ‘ParaNorman’. LAIKA’s head of entertainment brand marketing Mark Shapiro will give delegates a behind-the-scenes insight into the film-making process and a chance to see some of the puppets, followed by a Q&A session.

Huddersfield-based Fee Stewart, managing director of studio FormerDroid, will bring her personal insight into making iconic mobile games on 19 November.

On the same day, Vivien Halas will shed light on 100 years since the birth of her mother Joy Batchelor who, along with her husband produced Britain’s first animated feature ‘Animal Farm’.

There will also be a screening of ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’, the world’s oldest-surviving animated feature, created by pioneer of silhouette animation Lotte Reiniger in 1926.

Ubisoft Montreal’s animation director Colin Graham will be in Bradford on 20 November to reveal the secrets behind ‘Watch Dogs’, a game that broke sales records on the day of its release in May.

Curator at the BFI National Archive, Jez Stewart, will be tracing the issues surrounding the careers of women in animation from the 30s to the 80s.

McLaren F1 series ‘Tooned’ will also be the subject of discussion between Animation Academy director Professor Paul Wells and Henry Trotter, award-winning director of the animated series that features Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

On 21 November, award-winning French director Michel Ocelot will be in conversation with Professor Paul Wells, talking about his career and influences.

In the evening, the BAF 2014 Awards event will take place in the presence of VIPs, industry greats and rising talent, recognising the best of animations from around the world.

The festival will finish the next day with free animation workshops and special screenings of classic and contemporary animated feature films, including a sing-a-long to Disney’s ‘Frozen’.

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