Adventures in Animation; ARTS & CULTURE Two Major Animation Events Come to Wales This Month - the Launch of Anim18, a UK-Wide Celebration of Animation, and the Resurrected Cardiff Animation Festival. Jenny White Previews What's in Store

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Adventures in Animation; ARTS & CULTURE Two Major Animation Events Come to Wales This Month - the Launch of Anim18, a UK-Wide Celebration of Animation, and the Resurrected Cardiff Animation Festival. Jenny White Previews What's in Store


AUK.WIDE celebration of animation showcasing the best of British talent launches this month in Cardiff. From childhood favourites to experimental shorts, Anim18 will run through to November, with screenings, workshops and pop-up events putting British animation firmly in the spotlight.

Anim18 launches on Friday at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff as part of the Cardiff Animation Festival, with satellite launches around the UK.

Events will include screenings of classics such as Watership Down, and new releases including Aardman's Early Man and Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, which was made in the UK. Brand new commissions will also be unveiled.

Led by Film Hub Wales and Chapter with a wealth of project partners, the programme will explore the history of British animation, from early techniques to modern technologies such as gaming and VR. The programme complements BFI Animation 2018, the year-round celebration of animation.

Hana Lewis, of Film Hub Wales, explains: "Audiences will have the chance to discover diverse new voices and techniques breaking into the industry and enjoy British animated classics in superb cinema settings across the UK.

"It's an opportune and exciting time to celebrate the historic culture of British animation in the UK and explore the future. From commercial, to cult, pop-culture and children's programming, British animation can appeal to all ages."

Audiences will have the chance to see newly remastered films from the BFI National Archive's unique animation collection and get involved in pop-up activities such as anijams and gamejams. They will even be able to smell their way through Scratch n Sniff screenings, and experience live soundtracks and singalongs.

"Animation is like magic - it captures the imagination in a unique way, bringing characters and stories to life on screen," says Anim18 project manager Rebecca Goldsmith.

"The UK has a strong heritage in doing this well, and we are excited to be shining a light on the animators and studios who have produced work at the forefront of innovation since the early beginnings of animation."

Anim18 is supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, and by the British Council. The initiative aims to generate renewed interest in British animation, bring classic titles back to the big screen, and support innovation and experimentation by emerging UK animators.

"Chapter and Film Hub Wales are very proud to be leading on this initiative and we are proud to launch Anim18 at Chapter," says Sally Griffith, director of cinema at Chapter and director of Film Hub Wales.

"Cardiff has long been recognised as a home for animation, from the early outings of Jerry The Troublesome Tyke to animators such as Baftawinning Joanna Quinn and Clothcat Animations, working today to surprise, challenge and entertain audiences.

"We're pleased to be able to celebrate that heritage and play a part in developing its future."

Anim18 organisers are inviting audiences to join in and contribute to a digital hub - a space to share film titles and resources, showcase activity that is happening across the UK, and celebrate the best in British animation.

Anim18's launch forms part of the brand new Cardiff Animation Festival (CAF), running from April 19 to 22 at Chapter, Cardiff.

The four-day celebration of animated film will include a preview of Oscar-nominated feature film The Breadwinner and the competitive screening of 99 short animated films, from which winners will be selected. …

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