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Cardiff Animation Festival 2022 Announces Shorts Selections

102 animated shorts representing 22 countries have been chosen for official competition; the hybrid event takes place in person from April 7-10 in Cardiff with online events held throughout the month.

The third edition of the Cardiff Animation Festival (CAF) is going hybrid, with online events held throughout April, and in-person events held at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff from April 7-10. The event promises a jam-packed program of screenings, masterclasses, Q&As, networking events and parties with additional announcements coming in early March.

The event will feature 102 animated shorts in competition, selected from submissions received from 22 countries. Over half of the selected films were directed by women, reflecting a variety of unique voices and a diverse range of stories. Check out the complete selection of films here.

The festival will feature seven screenings for adult audiences include:

Shorts 1: Together/Apart:  

  • An exploration of the struggles and the joys of relationships, featuring everything from fighting to survive in the post-apocalyptic future. Check out the line-up of films included in this program here.  

Shorts 2: Human/Nature

  • What makes us human? Are we truly different from everything else on the planet? The concept of humanity is explored through films in this series.

Shorts 3: Sound/Vision

  • A treat for the ears as well as the eyes when music and animation come together to provide a multi-sensory experience. See the line-up here.

Shorts 4: Home/Sick

  • A selection packed with nostalgia, the films in this program offer an opportunity to cozy up with cherished memories from childhood.

Shorts 5: Silent/Cinema

  • Transcending language barriers, the films in this selection don’t have dialogue, although they each have a lot to say.

Shorts 6: Reel/Life

  • A showcase of animated documentaries, this selection is packed with touching tales and inspiring stories.

Shorts 7: After/Dark

  • This adults-only selection is a late-night screening of shorts with a bit of a bite.

Cardiff Animation Festival’s Family program will include a variety of events for children including The Animated Family Shorts screening. Further events for children and families will be announced in early March.

“After having to postpone CAF 2020 at the eleventh hour, the last two years have been a crash course in running online events,” shared CAF festival director Lauren Orme. “This year, we’re combining our experience of running online and in-person events with our first ever hybrid edition. We’re so excited to be back at Chapter and venues around Cardiff with a huge range of in-person events, as well as making lots of the festival available online, giving our audiences the chance to access the festival however they want to. We can’t wait to see everyone in person and in the online chat box!”

Additional information as well as early bird festival passes are available here.

Source: Cardiff Animation Festival

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is assistant news editor at Animation World Network.