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About Canterbury Anifest

Anifest is an award-winning festival brought to you by
Canterbury Christ Church University.

What is Canterbury Anifest?

Canterbury Anifest is an award-winning animation festival and the largest annual event of this kind in the South East. 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, masterclasses, talks and films, 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.

A Short History of Canterbury Anifest

Founded in 2007 by Canterbury City Council, the festival had been programmed and delivered by a number of different teams over the years. 
Since the humble beginnings of the first festival, Anifest has grown dramatically and has welcomed the likes of Aardman, Double Negative, DreamWorks, LAIKA, Pixar and The Ray HarryHausen Foundation.
In 2016, Canterbury Christ Church University took over the ownership of the festival and handed the responsibility of delivering the next Anifest to a small team of media lecturers.

Meet the team

Meet the organisers behind the largest Animation Festival in the South East

Dr Chris Pallant

Festival Director

Chris is President of the Society for Animation Studies and has experience delivering large animation events. He has published widely on the subject of animation, including three books: Demystifying Disney: A History of Disney Feature Animation (2011), Animated Landscapes: History, Form and Function (2015), Storyboarding: A Critical History (2015), and Snow White: New Perspectives on Production, Reception, Legacy (2021).

His favourite animation is One Froggy Evening (1955)

Miss. Joanna Samuel

Awards Director

Joanna is a lecturer in animation and digital media practice at Canterbury Christ Church University. She teaches a range of animation techniques focusing on computer based animation. Joanna spent five years as an animator at Pixel Circus. Her practice based research focuses on interactive animation, immersive technologies and sustainability. 


Her favourite animation is Toy Story 2 (1999)

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