31 January - 4 February
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Programme: View the programme
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Animex Screen aims to show new and innovative works produced by professional directors and animators from the international animation scene.
It is to extend the audience for animation in the north east of the UK as well as to provide unique screening opportunities for animated films and participating filmmakers.
It is also to broaden the audience’s understanding and knowledge of animation – the programme notes can merely hint at the vast wealth of ideas and images that are on show.
The extraordinary genre of animation allows for a great variety of styles, techniques and subject matter. Anything is possible in animation, whether it’s abstract experimentation or entertaining storytelling within the whole range of human emotions from hilarious comedy to sad tragedy to the everyday – many animations are thought provoking and open up new ways of seeing the world.
Viewing the many works and organising the animation programmes has been inspiring and a pleasure! There are some 142 short films showing, including five sessions of international shorts from 18 countries, the international retrospectives, special compilations, and documentaries - as well as four animated feature films. We are delighted to be hosting the festival’s first world premiere screening of the documentary Dream on Silly Dreamer.
Participating films include award winning animations by established animation filmmakers such as Nibbles by Chris Hinton, and Jo Jo and the Stars (BAFTA 2004) by Marc Craste. The varied styles of animation include hand drawn, painted, puppet and stop-motion, traditional cel, 2d and 3d computer, and high end CGI animations such as Plasticat, L’Inventaire Fantome, and the visually stunning feature P3K Pinocchio 3000. You will also see very unusual and innovative techniques employed by some award winning films such as Contamination, Fast Film and OIO.
Enjoy the screenings!
With special thanks to:
Kath O’Connor, Assistant Curator, international animations selection
Stephen Murray, Stills Exhibition Curator
Jayne Pilling, British Animation Awards, Guest Curator
Stephanie Little, Northern Lights Film Festival
Patrick Smith, Square Footage Films, NYC programme compilation
And all the participating filmmakers
Screenings will take place at three venues:
- University of Teesside Cinema
- UGC Cinema, Middlesbrough
- ARC, Studio Theatre, Stockton
Animex Screen Curator