4 February, 1.30pm - 3.00pm

OL1, Europa Building, University of Teesside
Entry by invitation only

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Animexperience 2009 will build on the fantastic work achieved throughout 2008, by offering anyone with the slightest interest in the animation or computer games industry an insight into these fields.

Last year, almost 3,000 school children, many with their parents, participated in Animexperience, with workshops, talks, screenings and educational guidance offered throughout the year, and during Animex week. The festival culminated in a fantastic Features for Families day where children from participating schools were given free cinema tickets to watch a movie at Cineworld in Middlesbrough. The only stipulation was that every adult had to be accompanied by a child.

Animexperience assisted an Extended Schools-funded Heritage Project. Over 60 schoolchildren spent six weeks researching their history, both local and international, accessing archive files, the Dorman Museum and other local cultural heritage sites. All the work produced during the project is on display at the Dorman Museum, the Teesside Archives and in the six Middlesbrough School's that took part.

2008 also saw recognition for some of the fantastic work produced by children who took part in Animexperience workshops in Teesside and Northumbria.

The Animexperience Art Club entered work into the renowned artist Mackenzie Thorpe's 'My Town' competition where children created backdrops that represented their home town. The competition attracted entries from around the world, including China, USA and France. Three children from Park End Primary School in Middlesbrough won three of the top prizes from the ten that were on offer.

Each child won £250, presented to them by Mackenzie Thorpe, along with a cheque for their school to enable Animexperience Art Clubs to develop. But, the best thing about the prizes is that all the children's work was professionally framed and is on exhibition alongside Mackenzie's own work in his gallery Arthaus in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

We have teamed up with the Extended Schools project, Local Children's Network, the Every Child Matters scheme and Creative Partnerships Northumberland to deliver relevant vocational and educational stimuli to children within and around the north east region.

We will once again be teaming up with Saltburn Community Cinema, in association with Digital City, to deliver screenings, talks and question and answer sessions too.

There will also be free screenings for school and community groups in association with Animex Screen; talks from industry high flyers in association with Talk and Game; workshops where you can create your own short film or animation; educational guidance and advice; question and answer sessions, and vocational and creative direction. Wow!

But most of all, we offer the chance to get a flavour of what it takes to make it in the crazy world of animation or computer games, and the message is simple - if you want to go far creatively, then you don't have to go far (geographically) to achieve it. So if you ever wondered how, why or where can you go to succeed, look no further than Animexperience – it's the starting point. Who knows where it could all end up?

Come on Teesside - let's get animated.

Dougy Pincott
Head of Animexperience

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