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I’ve been back from the UK for a few days, but haven’t had the time to compile my thoughts about the Bradford Animation Festival, until now. Some wonderful guests, and some wonderful people met. I was there with my short film Mario, which seemed to be well received, though it was hard to tell because this festival elects not to do Q&As and there weren’t really a lot of other opportunities for filmmakers to meet the public, or each other. Still, the special guests and events they arranged were stellar, and I feel super privileged to have been able to hear from such masters of the independent animation community:

Peter Lord from Aardman

Peter Lord from Aardman – he made Morph while talking on stage.

Mark Shapiro from LAIKA with Paul Wells moderating

Mark Shapiro from LAIKA, introducing The Boxtrolls, with Paul Wells moderating

Producer Claire Jennings

Producer Claire Jennings – this was one of the most interesting talks, what a career!

Vivien Halas talking about her mother, Joy Batchelor

Vivien Halas talking about her mother, Joy Batchelor

Prince Ahmed with live soundtrack!

Prince Ahmed with live soundtrack! Surprisingly gripping.

Life drawing class with Joanna Quinn!

Life drawing class with Joanna Quinn!

French master Michel Ocelot - one of the most entertaining interviewees

French master Michel Ocelot – one of the most entertaining interviewees

As for the films, the programming was top-notch. Through the Hawthorn, which I first encountered at DOK Leipzig, won Best Professional film, and The Bigger Picture won Best Student Film. Well deserved, I’d say:


Best Music Video went to two filmmakers who I had the pleasure to meet in Leipzig, Yuval and Merav Nathan, for Robin:

Some other films that stood out for me were ‘8 Bullets’ by Frank Termier:

Trailer for 8 Bullets on TrailerAddict.

And Gli Immacolati by Ronny Trocker:

Gli immacolati TRAILER from Ronny Trocker on Vimeo.

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