Brighton International Animation Festival
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10am Opening feature – Strike
Featuring Q+A with director Trevor Hardy
Local studio PigBird have produced a wonderful comedy stop motion feature which is appealing to both children and adults alike
12pm New Generation and Q+A
Look out for the next generation of filmmakers in this showcase of the best cutting edge of talent from both UK and International. Climate change, social media and autism are just some of the topics covered by this new generation of filmmakers, expect to see work from Hungary, Poland and Israel through to UK.
2pm Puppet Stories
Puppet based stop frame animation was pioneered in the early twentieth century in the former eastern bloc countries including former Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. We can still see the influence of these pioneers today in this selection of narrative based figurative films from countries including Spain, China, USA and UK. Expect beautiful craft in both tactile and digital puppet making.
Out of competition special programme
Although Queer Animation is a relatively young genre, there have been an array of ground breaking films by a new generation of filmmakers that have arisen in the last few years. From gender identity in Purpleboy and Cut through to early internet chat room culture in Guy 101, these films all explore a unique perspective on queer culture and queer identity. Some utilise humour and imagination, some are factual accounts of lived experiences. From all across the globe such as Hungary, Canada and Isreal and through stop motion, hand drawn or pixilation, the one thing these films have in common is an engaging account of the queer human experience.
Sound and Vision and Q+A
“Don’t you sometimes wonder about sound and vision?” sang David Bowie. Yes we do Bowie! This collection showcases films that showcase a strong relationship between audio and visuals – whether it be music video, choreography, abstract visuals or more humour based pieces. Don’t expect a beginning, a middle and an end with these films, this is more of a wild ride of styles and form from figurative character based animation through to non narrative abstract.
Animation Karaoke battle! Come down join in Animation Karaoke! Old 1980’s cartoon clips will be screened at random for participants from the audience to come up and improv the voice over! Followed by drinks, mingling and maybe even dancing?