Another year, another exciting line-up!
This year’s Bradford Animation Festival, our 21st, runs from 17 – 22 November 2014 and we can’t wait for you to join us.
Over the course of 6 days, we will present the best guests, events and screenings from the worlds of animation, gaming and visual effects. You’ll be in the esteemed company of animators, game designers, producers, illustrators and film-makers too. BAF presents a valuable opportunity to hear from and meet industry experts.
Guests appearing at this year’s BAF
At BAF 2014, we’re pleased to announce that we will be joined by:
- Charles Cecil MBE
- Mark Shapiro
- Fee Stewart
- Vivien Halas
- Colin Graham
- Jez Stewart
- Michel Ocelot and many more!
Some other highlights we’ve got in store
Keynote speaker and ‘industry legend’ Charles Cecil MBE kicks off proceedings.
A trailblazer in gaming for more than 30 years, Cecil will shed light on his far-reaching experience, from founding York-based adventure game company ‘Revolution’ to the company’s success with game-changing Broken Sword 5, completed using crowdsourced funding.
From LAIKA, the Oregon-based studio that made the critically acclaimed stop-motion animated features Coraline and ParaNorman comes new release The Boxtrolls which will be screened during the festival.
LAIKA’s Head of Entertainment Brand Marketing Mark Shapiro will give delegates a personal, behind-the-scenes insight into the animated film-making process and a chance to see some of the puppets, followed by Q&A.
Huddersfield-based Fee Stewart – Managing Director for multi award-winning studio Formerdroid amd creator of critically acclaimed platformer Splemy – will bring her personal insight into making fun and iconic mobile gaming to the Festival.
Joy Batchelor who, along with her husband and partner John Halas, produced Britain’s first animated feature Animal Farm. Joy’s daughter Vivien Halas will shed light on her mother’s remarkable life and work.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed is the world’s oldest-surviving animated feature. Created in 1926 by Lotte Reiniger, a pioneer of silhouette animation, the film will be screened at BAF with an accompanying live music score.
Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch Dogs broke sales records on the day of its release in May. Animation Director Colin Graham will be in Bradford to reveal the secrets behind the game’s phenomenal appeal.
Jez Stewart , Curator at the BFI National Archive, will be tracing the issues surrounding the careers of women in animation from the 1930s – 1980s.
Animation and sport will be the subject of discussion between Professor Paul Wells, Director of the Animation Academy at Loughborough University and Henry Trotter, award winning director, writer and producer of the McLaren F1 animated series ‘Tooned’ that features Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
Celebrated French director and writer Michel Ocelot will be in conversation with Professor Paul Wells. Best known for his award winning films Azur and Asmar:The Princes’ Quest, Tales of the Night and Kirikou and the Sorceress, Ocelot will talk about his career, influences and creative process.
The BAF 2014 Awards event will take place in the presence of VIPs, industry stalwarts and rising talent, recognising the best new animation from around the world.
The fun continues on Saturday with a day packed full of special family screenings and free animation workshops. Join us for a sing-a-long screening of Disney’s Frozen and a presentation of Michel Ocelot’s Kirikou and the Sorceress.
We look forward to seeing you here!