Animex Screen once again brings some of the best animated films from across the globe to screens in and around Middlesbrough.

The 2014 programme has a mix of styles from the abstract and experimental to established classics. It gives you the opportunity, regardless of your age, to see films that you might otherwise never get the chance to see.

This year's schedule includes choice selections of acclaimed international shorts and features from the festival circuit, special guest screenings, informative documentaries and the very best in British animation produced in the last two years in the British Animation Awards Public Choice screenings.

The week begins with the Features for Families screenings at the Cineworld multiplex on Sunday 9 February, where kids can bring their parents and watch their choice of fine films for free.

Throughout the week you will have the chance to view the best of British animation and vote to decide who will win the coveted British Animation Awards Public Choice prize in three programmes of the UK's finest work.

In addition to the best of British selections, our lineup features internationally acclaimed work from animators from all around the world. We have two programmes of international short films featuring award winners and Oscar nominees and the Brazilian feature film Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury was winner of the Cristal for Best Feature at Annecy 2013.

This year also sees the welcome return of onedotzero to Animex with resonate, their brand new curated screening programme traversing supernatural landscapes, alien worlds, retro Americana dreamscapes, future fractal universes and beyond.

Finally in a year when a restored work print directors cut of Richard Williams' The Thief and the Cobbler will be appearing on screens, we are pleased to bring Kevin Shreck's excellent documentary Persistence of Vision to our audience. The film charts how visionary animator Richard Williams worked for three decades on the film that was to be his masterpiece only for it to be taken from his hands. Kevin Schreck has woven together mind-blowing animation, rare archival footage, and exclusive interviews with key animators and artists who worked with Williams on his ill-fated magnum opus to bring this legendary, forgotten chapter of cinema history to the screen for the very first time. This is a must for those interested in animation history and technique with new unseen footage included in this cut for Animex 2014.

Check the schedule to see what is happening when and check back regularly for announcements of any surprise screenings.

Screenings take place daily at the Cineworld multiplex in Middlesbrough and at Teesside University campus. They are free of charge, unless otherwise stated.

With such an eclectic mix of fine films you can be sure that whatever your taste in animation there will be something for everyone at Animex 2014.

Chris Wyatt
Curator, Animex Screen

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