As Canterbury Anifest approaches its 6th year the question ‘What is Anifest?’ is as important as ever- and it is exactly this that makes the event so special and exciting. Just over five years ago the first ever Canterbury Anifest kicked off with a series of workshops and master classes exploring the animation industry and all the different skills and creative disciplines that go in to making an animated film.
Canterbury Anifest is the South East’s only annual animation festival. It’s a great community event that invites people of all ages to come and experience the magic of animation; allowing them to get involved with something out of the ordinary. With its range of workshops, young people awards and family-friendly events, it has something for everyone. Anifest also caters for specialists and those in the industry, featuring national and international awards, and guest speakers from some of the biggest names in animation.
Anifest has always had a unique charm which makes it different from other film and animation festivals. Situated in the historic city of Canterbury surrounded by the legacy of Smallfilms animation studio (Bagpuss, The Clangers etc.) the festival has always been managed and run by people who love animation and want to share that passion with as many people as possible. Whether you are a budding filmmaker, an industry expert or are just looking for a day out Anifest welcomes you with open arms to join the fun and share the excitement of a sneaky peek behind the scenes of the animated film.
2011′s festival built upon 2010′s success, with a superb line up. We featured presentations from LAIKA, the studio behind the awards winning film Coraline, the animator responsible for the dragon in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, among other guests. Phill Jupitus once again hosted an evening of comedy.
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