Canterbury AniFest, led by Media, Art and Design’s Dr Chris Pallant, returns again this weekend!

The festival will run 30 Sept – 2 Oct, and you can find all of the details here.


30th Sept will mainly be given over to a symposium showcasing comic book and animation research. But for keen fans of cutting edge/contemporary animation we have the Anifest Awards Gala (with cash bar) on the Friday evening, during which we will screen the shortlisted films from the 177 submissions that we received for this year’s festival.

Saturday 1st Oct represents the start of the family festival proper. We have four talks over the day:

Peter Firmin and Dan Postgate in conversation about the history of Smallfilms studio, which will include plenty of discussion of shows such as Bagpuss, The Clangers, Noggin the Nog, and Ivor the Engine. . . and just a few never-before-seen clips too.

Chris Pallant will be presenting a free illustrated talk about his recent research on storyboard history, which will cover some of the more interesting and unusual developments in the form throughout the history of US/UK animation

Eamonn Butler from the Visual Effects Studio, Cinesite, will be discussing his work in recent years on the films: Independence Day: Resurgence, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Spectre (yes, James Bond) and Jurassic World

– Then we conclude with a talk from Steve Segal (not that one), who worked as an animator on Toy Story at Pixar, and who has since worked on Sesame Street and Disney World attractions, amongst other exciting projects

Sunday 2nd Oct has three talks:

– Voice actor Teresa Gallagher, in conversation with Voice Director Dave Peacock, discussing their work on shows such as Thunderbirds Are Go, Octonauts, Jungle Book, Mr Men, and many more.

– Ray Harryhausen Foundation Head Trustee, John Walsh, will be presenting some never before seen images from the late Ray Harryhausen’s personal archive. John knew Ray for many years, and he will be sharing his stories about the great animator. For any fans of the Harryhausen films (Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, Sinbad, etc.), this is not to be missed!

– Finally, LAIKA’s Lead CG Modeller, Ty Johnson, will be discussing the revolutionary digital processes used at LAIKA over the past seven years to produce their well-loved feature films (such as Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and most recently Kubo and the Two Strings)

Additionally, over both the Saturday and Sunday, you have the chance to take part in expert-led workshops where you can either develop your stop motion model making skills or learn how to create storyboards (to support your budding animation hobby). There will be drop-in screenings of the best short films submitted as part of this year’s Anifest Awards.

Tickets are already selling well, so if you are planning to attend don’t leave it too late to book (you can either book online or via the Box Office in Augustine House) – you can find all the ticket info here on the website.

Ifyou think you might come along to more than one of the talks listed above, the Festival Passes offer great savings.