The first ever British Animation Film Festival took place in 2012 and was a sell-out success, so this year's expanded follow-up – which takes place on Sunday (June 23rd) – is sure to be an even bigger attraction.
Inviting submissions from filmmakers in Britain and further afield, the festival showcases the very best in the animation scene's emerging talent – giving valuable exposure to artists from around the world. Last year, animators flew in from places like Germany, Austria and Brazil to mingle with London's film enthusiasts, students, critics and industry insiders.
The festival takes place in the Rich Mix Cinema, Shoreditch. This trendy venue is suitably intimate for attendees to meet, greet and socialise but also incorporates a gallery space, where visitors will be able to peruse artwork, stills and conceptual sketches from the exhibited animators.
As for the screenings themselves, a huge variety of different films will be shown including music videos, documentaries, lighthearted comic sketches, fantasy and science fiction stories, and bold abstract explorations of the artform.
With a few notable exceptions, these are mostly short films under ten minutes in length and the British Animation Film Festival packs literally dozens of screenings into its day-long programme.
Audiences will be able to vote for their favourite films throughout the day, with the winners scheduled to be announced at the must-attend after party. Award categories include best film, best new screenplay, best sound and best music – recognising the huge number of different talents required to make a successful animated short.
The after party is also a fantastic opportunity for festival-goers to rub shoulders with filmmakers, learning a little more about the philosophies that drive their work and ultimately getting to know the people who might be behind the next big thing in animation.
Those staying in central London hotels should find the Rich Mix Cinema easy to reach. It's a short distance from the Shoreditch High Street Underground station.