Fantasy/Animation @ Anifest: Friday 26th February 2021

The ticketing for Canterbury Anifest this year is Pay What You Can; please select the ticket price that you feel comfortable paying for each event. Alternatively, you can buy the Festival Pass which will allow you access to all the talks for a total of £10.


This online event will be delivered via Zoom. All ticket holders will be emailed access information prior to the event. Please note you are expected to book one ticket per device, rather than per person (so two people may share a screen for the cost of one ticket).

Talks: From 10:00am

Please click on the links to either listen live or catch-up


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-).

11.15-12.00 – 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!

Roundtable Discussion
00:00 / 41:35

12.00-1.30 – 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-).

1.30-1.45 – 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 Bagpuss episodes, 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!

*This video makes reference to a 3pm start the Q&A - THIS HAS NOW CHANGED TO A 4pm START 

Bagpuss Episode - Anifest Edition_1
00:00 / 1:04:42

4.00-4.45* – 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.

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Meeting ID: 864 2828 0058

Passcode: Ani2021