Manchester Animation Festival Prepares Buzz-Worthy ’22 Program

Manchester Animation Festival (MAF), the UK’s largest animation festival, has unveiled its program for 2022. Returning for its eighth year, the festival will offer audiences a unique opportunity to engage with some of the most popular animation content. most discussed of the year worldwide.

Returning in person for the first time in two years, the festival will also showcase some of Manchester’s finest spaces, with sessions taking place at HOME cinema arts centre, University of Salford, Odeon Great Northern, Manchester Central Library and the International Anthony Burgess. Foundation.

More than 100 events such as screenings, panels, workshops, masterclasses, Making Of and studio talks will take place during the festival from November 13-18. Further information and the full program can be found at, with tickets on sale now.

Lloyd of the Flies

Highlights of the festival include a Making Of session that will dive deep into Aardman’s animated series Lloyd of the Flies. The highly anticipated original series follows the comical adventures of housefly Lloyd B. Fly and his insect friends as they explore the strange world beyond the confines of the compost bin. Stars include Tom Rosenthal (Plebs, Friday night dinner) and Callum Scott Howells (It’s a sin).

Impasse: paranormal park
Impasse: paranormal park

Fans will also be invited to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Netflix’s hit animated series Dead End Paranormal Park with the creator Hamish Steele and series producer Jen Coatsworthmanufactured by Blink Industries (Don’t hug me I’m scared). Based on Dead Endia graphic novels and set in a haunted amusement park, the horror-comedy adventure series sees Barney (Zach Barack) and Norma (Kody Kavitha) face off against strange unknown forces with the help of talking dog Pugsley .

Collecting Manchester Animation Festival Fellowship for 2022 are Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding of Lupus movies. Famous for The snowman and the snow dog, we go bear hunting and The tiger who came for teathe company has created some of the world’s most beloved adaptations of illustrated classics, including a feature film adaptation of Ethel and Ernest by Raymond Briggs. In a special session for MAF, they’ll tell the story of their successful studio, look back at some of their favorite movies, and give audiences a taste of what’s next for Lupus.

Kingdom of Kensuke
Lupus Films’ Next Listing Includes Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ Adaptation

At a very special event celebrating 30 years of a legendary studio Mackinnon & Saunders, Ian Mackinnon and Peter Saunders will give audiences an in-depth look at some of their impressive works, including feature films Fantastic Mr. Fox, Corpse Bride and series for children Postman Pat, Bob the Builder and Rastamouse.

MY F family day makes a welcome return for 2022 with a hugely popular children’s series workshop Hi Duggee designate Ross Phillips. It will reveal the secrets of creating beloved characters and teach kids how to draw some of their favorite characters from the series, create their own Squirrel Club member, and earn a Character Workshop badge.

The Incredible Mauritius
The Incredible Mauritius

There will also be a special festival preview screening of The Incredible Mauritius, an animated family film from Sky based on the hugely popular Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. Featuring an all-star cast, the film tells the story of a ginger cat who invents a scam to make money by befriending a group of self-made talking rats.

Official selection of MAF feature films

  • Unicorn Wars – Blend of animated classic Bambi with anti-war epic Apocalypse Now, Unicorn War follows a group of inexperienced teddy bear recruits who are sent on a dangerous mission to save the magical unicorn forest in a dark comedy that uses animated fantasy to ponder the origin of evil.
  • The Island – With a hypnotic soundtrack and colorful surreal visuals, The Island is an animated musical that turns the story of Robinson Crusoe upside down. After rescuing Friday, the sole survivor of a clandestine refugee boat, Robinson confronts current events through visual poetry and symbolism in a world where everyone seeks their own paradise. (UK premiere)
  • My love affair with marriageMy love affair with marriage follows Zelma, in love, but the more she tries to conform, the more her body resists in this tale of acceptance and inner feminine rebellion.
  • Nayola – After three generations of women in a 25-year civil war in Angola, Nayola sees past and present intertwine. The mother goes in search of her husband who disappeared at the height of the war and does not return. Her daughter has become a subversive rapper while her grandmother tries to contain her lest the police come and arrest her.
  • No dogs or Italians allowed – Set at the turn of the 20th century and chronicling the life of the Ughetto family in northern Italy, the patriarch of the Ughetto family dreams of a better life abroad. Her grandson travels back in time through the magic of animation to revisit his family history. (UK premiere)
CRG panel
Information panels are an important part of MAF’s Industry Day programming

Manchester Animation Festival industry day is back and bigger than ever with a line of panels filled with industry heavy hitters. These include the Animation state panel comprising: Patricia HidalgoDirector of Children’s Industry at the BBC; Kate O’ConnorCEO of Animation UK; Michael Rose® of Magic Light Pictures; Tom boxMD of Blue Zoo; Sean Clark, Managing Director of Aardman Studios; and Caroline Roberts-Cherryco-founder of Saffron Cherry, as they debate the issues facing the animation industry today.

Showcasing the best of the Northwest, the Perform in Manchester session this year will focus on games. The region has an impressive array of game companies using animation in their production and doing business with some of the biggest names in gaming.

Sculpt with Jim
Sculpt with Jim

Other sessions include an interactive session Meet the puppets event with both Cosgrove Hall Film Archive and Mackinnon & Saundersa BBC box set screening featuring family favorites from CBeebies and CBBC, a sculpting social with Jim Parkinan online preview of Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern’s upcoming interactive Netflix special We lost our human And one Industry Insiders panel where experts from the world of animation will discuss a wide range of topics.

With screenings of at least 121 different shorts from over 37 different countries – more than ever before at the festival – and exclusive premieres including The Island, clay dreams and No dogs or Italians allowedthis is a MAF not to be missed.

Will Vinton’s new documentary ‘Claydreams’ will have its UK premiere at MAF.

“We are delighted to bring Pinocchio at the MAF and celebrating Mackinnon & Saunders – the Geppetto workshop in Manchester where some of the puppets for the feature were made,” said festival director Steve Henderson. “With over 100 events, this is our biggest and most exciting edition to date and we look forward to welcoming the public to Manchester in November for a selection of the best features, shorts and masterclasses from around the world. animation world.

Manchester Animation Festival is presented with the support of the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery) and sponsored, in partnership and supported by HOME, the University of Salford, Manchester City Council, BBC Children’s & Education, Blue Zoo and Jellyfish Pictures.

The director of the Manchester Animation Festival is Dr Steve Henderson, the producer is Greg Walker and the executive producer and programmer is Jen Hall.

MAF 2022 Poster
MAF 2022 poster by Izzy Burton

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