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2022 Cardiff Animation Festival Reveals Program

The event, taking place in-person April 7-10 and online April 7-24, will include a behind-the-scenes look at the popular BBC and HBO series ‘His Dark Materials, a discussion with Aardman animator Carmen Bromfield Mason, and a live animation demonstration by Multi-award-winning animator Joanna Quinn.

Cardiff Animation Festival (CAF) has released its full program as it returns in-person April 7-10. CAF will also be available virtually, with the program running online from April 7-24. Over 60 events will be offered in-person, with 30 offered online.

The program includes feature films, shorts screenings; workshops; industry panels; masterclasses; networking opportunities; and parties. Guests include the Oscar-nominated Joanna Quinn; the animation team behind groundbreaking feature Flee; and Elizabeth Ito, creator of Netflix’s City of Ghosts.

Highlights include:

  • His Dark Materials – The heads of creature effects from the popular BBC and HBO series, Brian Fisher and Eliot Gibbins, will audiences behind the scenes, showing how traditional puppetry, with a sprinkling of Dust, combined to bring daemons and armored bears to life.
  • Masterclass - Nickelodeon’s It's Pony will give a behind the scenes glimpse at the popular series.
  • Delve into the life of an Aardman animator with Carmen Bromfield Mason.
  • Skillbard music and sound design studio will give a look (or a listen) into what goes into blending sound with animation.
  • Masterclass - Multi-award-winning animator Joanna Quinn will animate live on stage.
  • Oscar nominated animated feature Flew Q&A with director Jess Nicholls and animation director Kenneth Ladekjær.
  • The Z to A of Studio Ghibli will be full of insights, trivia titbits, theories and more, presented by the hosts of podcast Ghibliotheque.
  • Scripts Out Loud, a team of professional voice actors will perform a new animation script live on stage, as well as offering 1-2-1s for new writers.
  • Writers can also hear from the team behind Milkshake!’s Circle Square who will be running a masterclass on writing for children’s animation.

In person social events include CAF’s Pen/Pals sessions (with free coffee/drinks provided; chatting and doodling encouraged), dog life drawing, an animated music video discotheque, and a 360º animated karaoke party at Cultvr Lab.

As well as the extensive in-person line-up, several online-exclusive events are also scheduled, including a Q&A with Elizabeth Ito, creator of Netflix’s City of Ghosts; industry panels, international filmmaker Q&As, collaborations with Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF), and a character design workshop for all ages. In addition, online attendees will be able to catch up on in-person events they may have missed.

“I’m so proud of the CAF22 program,” shared festival director Lauren Orme. “We’ve packed it full of so many in-person and online events that we couldn’t be more excited about. I can’t wait to share the amazing films, hear from our incredible guests and party with everyone at animated karaoke!”

Complete program information and tickets are available here.

Source: Cardiff Animation Festival

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.