Anim18 - A Year of British Animation






Anim18 is a celebration of animation taking place across the UK, showcasing the best of British talent, with the aim to put British animation – past, present and future – firmly in the spotlight. It will explore the history of British animation, from early techniques to modern technologies such as gaming and VR. It will complement BFI Animation 2018, the year-round celebration of animation.

The programme will feature screenings, workshops and pop-up events.  Audiences will have the opportunity to see newly remastered films from the BFI National Archive’s unique animation collection and get involved in pop-up activities such as anijams and gamejams. They will even be able to smell their way through Scratch n Sniff screenings, and experience live soundtracks and singalongs.

Working with the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) and partners, it will take in a vast number of venues and festivals. There will be events right across the UK including celebratory screenings of classics such as 'Animal Farm' and 'Watership Down', new releases such as Aardman’s 'Early Man', and Wes Anderson’s 'Isle of Dogs'. Brand new commissions will also be unveiled.

Anim18 is supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, and by the British Council. 



The UK-wide celebration will explore four main strands:

  • Politics and Persuasion: Animations that aim to inform and persuade, including  propaganda films, public information films, social justice campaigns and features with a political message or agenda.
  • Young at Heart: Showcasing childhood favourites with intergenerational appeal, from kids TV to family-friendly films.
  • Breaking Boundaries: Exploring the best in experimental animations and technological innovations, including computer animation, gaming and VR.
  • Connections: Tracing British connections in international animations.


Night Of The Trampires

Credit: Trampires LTD Night Of The Trampires


Anim18 will showcase and celebrate inclusion, with special projects focusing on Women in Animation, a partnership with the BAME in Games network, and events for young audiences and curators. It will be the first UK-wide programme to work in tandem with the newly launched BFI FAN Access for All, Inclusive Cinema Strategy led by Film Hub Wales, and will bring together a newly developed network of industry expertise, exhibition partners, and community focused organisations.


The Last Unicorn

Credit: Park Circus/ITV The Last Unicorn (1982) 



Anim18 will be launched at Chapter, Cardiff as part of the Cardiff Animation Festival in April, with satellite launches around the UK.


MAIN LAUNCH: Cardiff Animation Festival & Chapter, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales, Friday April 20, 6-7pm (TBC), free but ticketed.

A chance to hear more about how Anim18 will be working with a host of partners across the UK to showcase the best of British animation - past, present and future.

Exclusive content from ‘Night of the Trampires’ – British animation in the making – plus special guests.

‘Breaking Boundaries’ strand.


ENGLAND LAUNCH: Flatpack Film Festival, MAC, Birmingham, England, Sunday April 22, 1:30-3pm

A Conversation with Anne Wood – Founder and Creative Director of Ragdoll Productions.

Screenings and discussions on creating work for children and young people.

‘Young at Heart’ strand.


NORTHEN IRELAND LAUNCH: Belfast Film Festival, Moviehouse, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Thursday 19th April

A screening of new release ‘The Breadwinner’ with accompanying event.

‘Connections’ & ‘Politics & Persuasion’ strands.


SCOTLAND LAUNCH: In partnership with Edinburgh International Film Festival, Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, Sunday April 22 or Monday April 23 , TBC

A screening of new release ‘The Breadwinner’ with introduction from BAFTA-nominated animator Iain Gardner.

‘Connections’ & ‘Politics & Persuasion’ strands.


When The Wind Blows

Credit: Park Circus/Film4 When the Wind Blows (1986)




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Cardiff, Wales

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Small World Theatre

Cardigan, Wales

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Flicks in The Sticks

Pop-up locations in

England & Wales

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Media Active

Shropshire, England

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MACBirmingham, England

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HOMEManchester, England

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WatershedBristol, England

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Brewery Arts Centre & Lakes Comic Art FestivalKendal, England

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Courtyard HerefordHereford, England

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Glasgow Short Film FestivalGlasgow & On Tour, Scotland

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Screen TireeArgyll & Bute, Scotland

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BFI Film Hub Northen IrelandVarious locations, Northen Ireland

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Nerve Centre, Derry/BelfastDerry & Belfast, Northen Ireland

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BFI FAN Young Programmers NetworkUK-wide
March 6-9Into Film - Spring Screenings (for children and young people).UK-wide
March 26 - April 5Leeds Young Film FestivalLeeds, England
April 19-22

Cardiff Animation Festival

Cardiff, Wales
June 20 - July 1

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh, Scotland
June 2 - June 11

Theatr Clwyd

Mold, Wales
September 18 - 21

Wicked Wales Festival

Rhyl, Wales
September 25 - 30

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival

Bristol, England
September 29 - October 6Sensoria FestivalSheffield, England
October 4 - 7World Of Film FestivalGlasgow, Scotland
November 14 - 16 Manchester Animation FestivalManchester, England



The project is led by Rebecca Goldsmith: and Umulkhayr Mohamed:


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