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2021 Online Activities

Unfortunately Anifest cannot take place in person this year, however there are lots of online activities to join in with...
THURSDAY 25TH FEBRUARY (Film Screenings Day)


09.00am: Film Screenings 1
Watch some of the shortlisted films from our Animation Short Film Competition. 


10.30am: Film Screenings 2 
Watch some of the shortlisted films from our Animation Short Film Competition. 


12.00pm: Film Screenings 3

Watch some of the shortlisted films from our Animation Short Film Competition. 


1:30pm: Film Screenings 4
Watch the some of the best films we received in response to our ‘Animation in Isolation’ competition. 


3:00pm: Film Screenings 5
Watch the some of the best new films made by students on the BA (Hons) Digital Media programme at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

3:30pm: Film Screenings 6

Watch the some of the best films we received in response to our ‘Animation in Isolation’ competition. 

3:45pm: Film Screenings 7

Watch films from Central and Eastern Europe Talents.


5:15pm: Film Screenings 8, 18+
Watch some of the shortlisted films from our Animation Short Film Competition. (Please note, these films contain some adult themes, which may not be suitable for under-18s.)

Awards for the 2021 Animation Short Film Competition include: 

  • Best British Film

  • Best International Film

  • Best Local Film (London and the South East region)

  • Best Student Film

  • Best Art Design

  • Best Animation of character

  • Best Sound


FRIDAY 26TH FEBRUARY (Symposium Day)


10.00-10.05 – Introduction and Welcome

Join Dr Christopher Holliday (King’s College London) and Dr Alexander Sergeant (University of Portsmouth) as they welcome you to this virtual Fantasy/Animation @ Anifest event of curated podcasts and blog posts.


10.05-11.15 – Panel #1: Representation in the Animated Fantasy

In this panel, Chris and Alex discuss questions of race, the body and its intersections with technology in two episodes of the Fantasy/Animation podcast, which take on the computer-animated musical Happy Feet (2006), with special guest Dr Hannah Hamad (Cardiff University), and the science-fiction epic Ex Machina (2014) featuring the film’s Academy Award winning VFX artist Andrew Whitehurst. Among the Fantasy/Animation website’s range of blog posts on racialised identities, there are pieces on stage and screen adaptations of Aladdin (1992) and posthuman black girlhood in Netflix series Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (2020-).


11.15-11.45 – Roundtable Discussion with Dr Mihaela Mihailova (University of Michigan) and Mx. Kodi Maier (University of Hull)

Chris and Alex are joined by Dr Mihaela Mihailova (University of Michigan) and Mx. Kodi Maier to discuss the Fantasy/Animation website’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, focusing specifically on the Anti-Racist Animation Syllabus published to begin a conversation and resource exchange aimed at defining best practices for creating an anti-racist classroom, and the guest curation of blog posts to celebrate both Black History and LGBTQ+ History months by Mx. Kodi Maier (University of Hull). Listen as they reflect in this roundtable on the origins and design of the syllabus, the challenges of themed curation, but also the possibilities of animation as they respond to the range of animated media that has begun to powerfully embrace and centre a number of BIPOC and queer identities, narratives and creative voices. This roundtable is an exclusive for Anifest attendees!


11.45-1.15 – Panel #2: Interrogating the Superhero 

Chris and Alex take on the ethics and aesthetics of the recent Hollywood blockbuster superhero feature for their episode on Black Panther (2018). Special guests also include VFX Producer Christine Neumann and VFX Supervisor Dominik Zimmerle of the VFX studio Trixter, who discuss their work on our Captain Marvel (2018) episode, and Daily Telegraph film reviewer Simran Hans for our look at Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). Anifest attendees can also read our many blog posts focused on the power and pleasures of superheroes on screen, from technology in The Marvel Cinematic Universe and questions of comic book adaptation to the portrayal of racialized bodies and Muslim identities in animated television series Young Justice (2010-). 


1.15-1.45 – LUNCH


1.45-3.00 – Anifest Exclusive Podcast Episode – Bagpuss (1974) with Dr Chris Pallant (Canterbury Christ Church)

The Fantasy/Animation podcast is delighted to welcome Dr Chris Pallant, President of the Society for Animation Studies, Anifest Festival Director and Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, for a discussion of celebrated British television series Bagpuss (1974). In conversation with Chris and Alex, Dr Pallant will be discussing the fantasy of stop-motion animation and his favourite Bagpussepisodes, as well as revealing more about his recent research into the Kent-based Smallfilms studio and its founders Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate. This special episode is an exclusive for Anifest attendees!


3.00-3.45 – Live Q&A with Dr Chris Pallant (Canterbury Christ Church)

Join Chris and Alex for a special live Q&A session with Dr Chris Pallant, where you can send in questions on all things fantasy and animation, or just share your thoughts on any of the topics raised during the day. 


SATURDAY 27TH FEBRUARY (Industry Speakers & Awards Day)


10.30am: Studio AKA: How We Stay Eclectic

Philip Hunt

In this talk, the multi-BAFTA and Emmy awarded Studio AKA present some of their most diverse works, ranging from the delightful and poignant film adaptation of Oliver Jeffers 'Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth' for Apple TV+, to the desolate but beautiful animation sequences depicting events 'where words would fail' in Netflix's ‘Black Earth Rising’. Alongside this will be a look at the ongoing adventures of a very big dog in ‘Hey Duggee’. All of this underlines the impossibility of categorising an idiosyncratic and innovative body of work, expressed across an eclectic range of projects.

Philip Hunt is a partner and director, at the multi-Emmy and BAFTA-winning Studio AKA. 

Philips latest project is 'Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth', a half-hour animated adaptation of the best-selling book by Oliver Jeffers for Apple TV+; featuring Meryl Streep, Chris O'Dowd, Jacob Tremblay and Ruth Negga. 

Philips previous collaboration with Jeffers was the BAFTA (and 61 International Awards) winning children's film ‘Lost and Found’, narrated by Jim Broadbent and featuring a score by Max Richter. 

Philip's diverse body of work includes projects for BMW, Kradvat, Herman Millar and (RED).org, plus the multi-award-winning short film ‘Ah Pook Is Here’ - an interpretation of recordings by William S. Burroughs.


11.30am: Ray Harryhausen: Preserving the legacy of a Titan

Connor Heaney

Legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen left an incredible archive of some 50,000 items from his iconic cinema career for future generations to learn from and enjoy. For his centenary year, the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation have conserved, repaired and restored some of his most iconic creations to be exhibited worldwide. Physical restoration, archival research and 3D scans have all been undertaken in efforts to illuminate Ray Harryhausen’s legacy for contemporary animators, filmmakers and fans. Collections manager Connor Heaney will share behind-the-scenes imagery of the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to preserve Ray’s collection, and their plans to share his incredible legacy worldwide over the coming decade.

Connor Heaney is the Collections Manager for the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity No. SC001419). He deals with the day-to-day care of Ray Harryhausen’s archive and is responsible for promoting the awareness of Ray’s work and legacy through worldwide exhibitions and events, alongside administering and managing the Foundation’s online activities, physical archive and database. 

The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation is a charitable Trust set up by Ray on the 10th April 1986. It is the primary aim of the Foundation to protect Ray’s name and body of work as well as archiving, preserving & restoring Ray’s extensive collection.


1pm: Film Screenings and Awards

Find out who the winners are this year (and watch some of the shortlisted films/winning films TBC). 

Awards for the 2021 Animation Short Film Competition include: 

  • Best British Film

  • Best International Film

  • Best Local Film (London and the South East region)

  • Best Student Film

  • Best Art Design

  • Best Animation of character

  • Best Sound


2.30pm: Watership Down (1978): Tales from the Archive 

Chris Pallant, Catherine Lester, Nigel Humberstone, Klive Humberstone  

A roundtable discussion featuring Watership Down expert Dr Catherine Lester, and brothers Klive and Nigel Humberstone, sons of Arthur Humberstone (1912-1999) who worked as a Senior Animator on the film in the late 1970s. Klive and Nigel will be sharing images from their family archive, which includes numerous pre-production documents created during their father’s work on Watership Down. The roundtable will be Chaired by Dr Chris Pallant.


3.30pm: Industrial Light & Magic ‘So you think you want to work in TV’

Terry Tsang, Anna Sanders, Sami Bal

Speakers from ILM TV will take us through their career journeys, and how their paths led them to work within a TV division. They have a variety of roles at ILM, that will provide you with a flavour of what a role within TV may consist of.

Terry Tsang is a Lead Paint and Roto Artist for ILM’s TV division. He began his career in the industry as a runner at Envy Post in 2007. After five years working in a machine room, he began working as a compositor for commercials and other short form pieces. In 2015 he got his first taste of episodic work and enjoyed the fast-paced nature of it all. After a brief stint in film, Terry joined the team at DNEGTV in 2016 and within a year became the department’s roto paint supervisor. His credits include Altered Carbon, Chernobyl, Black Mirror, Hanna and Doctor Who. 

Anna Sanders - Junior Animator. Anna graduated from Bournemouth University, then went on to further study with Animation Mentor and Aardman Academy. She worked at DNEG and ILM on shows such as Venom and The Mandalorian. Whilst working in film and TV she has animated some awesome creatures and characters; some big, some small, some cute, some ugly and some a bit of both!

Sami Bal - Production Assistant. Sami graduated in 2015 with a BA in Film & Television Production from Brunel University. He began working as Junior Scanning Technician at Pinewood Studios on a number of films, the first being 'The Last Jedi'. Since then, he has worked on a variety of projects and was given the chance to fully build and set up a 3D studio department. After 5 years working in on\-set production he started at ILM TV and has been here for nearly 2 years. Credits include: 'Rogue One', 'The Last Jedi', 'Artemis Fowl', 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Battlefront 2' and 'Hitman'.


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