Film Festivals

Canterbury Anifest: 2016

Taking place from the 30th September to the 2nd October is the Canterbury Anifest. This award winning animation festival is the largest annual event of this kind in the South East which has been running since 2007. This year, Canterbury Christ Church University has taken ownership of the festival and has been handed the responsibility of delivering the next Anifest by a small team of media lecturers – who also happen to be huge animation enthusiasts.

This celebration of animation is 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.

The Canterbury 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.

At this years festival Ty Johnson will be reflecting on seven years serving as Lead 3D Modeller sculpting and engineering heroes for Kubo and the Two Strings, Paranorman and The Boxtrolls.  He will explain how LAIKA’s acclaimed Rapid Prototyping Department is bringing stop-motion storytelling into the 21st Century. This year, LAIKA was recognized with a Scientific and Engineering Award Academy Plaque for its innovative use of 3D printing for facial animation.

Also giving a talk at this years festival is Steve Segal. For 10 years Steve ran a studio that made commercials and educational films and also created several independent short films.  In 1984 he moved to Hollywood where he animated a CG character for a soft drink commercial.  Then he used an early computer program to plan scenes for the Disney feature The Brave Little Toaster. At Pixar he animated on the feature films Toy Story and A Bug’s Life. He has been teaching animation for over 40 years. He will be showing some of his films and share stories from his career in his talk Pixar and Me and more: To Indie and Beyond.

Presenting A Brief History of Visual Effects: From Independence Day: Resurgence to Jurassic World is Eamonn Butler. Eamonn is Head of Animation at Cinesite and will be discussing his career in the visual effects industry. He will be discussing examples from Cinesite’s work over the past 18 months, including Independence Day: Resurgence, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Spectre and Jurassic World.

The Canterbury Anifest takes place between 30th September until 2nd October 2016 at Augustine House, Rhodaus Town, Canterbury, Kent.

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