Cardiff Animation Festival 2020 goes global!

Cardiff Animation Festival has been bringing events to global audiences online since March this year, when they were forced to postpone their April festival due to Covid-19. Now they’re taking their festival programme online, bringing some of the best new animation from Wales and around the world to audiences in Cardiff and beyond throughout the rest of 2020. 

Lauren Orme, Festival Director of Cardiff Animation Festival, says:

we were so disappointed to have to postpone the festival back in March, but running online events has really re-energised us, and made it possible to bring our audiences together and keep people entertained while everyone’s been more isolated. We’re so excited to finally be able to bring our Cardiff Animation Festival 2020 events to adults, families, animators, and animation fans online for the rest of this year.

Cardiff Animation Festival will be bringing their full shorts programmes online from Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November. 118 world-class animated short films in competition will screen across seven themed programmes for adult audiences and two for children. The selection features unique voices and a diverse range of stories told by animated filmmakers from different backgrounds around the world, all eligible for the Cardiff Animation Festival Awards, which will be presented online on Sunday 1st November. The festival will showcase some of the best new Welsh animated shorts in their Welsh Work programme, a collaboration with Chapter Moviemaker. 

Welsh animator Simon Chong will join the festival live from LA on Saturday 24th October, where he now lives and works as a Director on Fox’s Bob’s Burgers after his fan-made Bob’s Burgers and Archer crossover animation got him noticed by show creator Loren Bouchard and landed him a job on one of the most-loved animated series on television around the world. Simon will give insight into his unconventional career path, and join Creative Mornings Cardiff’s Melin Edomwonyi for a live Q+A on what it’s really like to work on your favourite show.

The festival will invite audiences into the magical Moominvalley, with Episode Director Avgousta Zoureldi giving audiences of all ages a chance to learn more about the making of Gutsy Animations’ beautiful TV adaptation of writer-illustrator Tove Jansson’s classic stories about the Moomins. Viewers will be able to step into the Heart of Darkness, the world’s first sand-animated feature film, currently being made in Cardiff, with Director Gerald Conn taking audiences behind the scenes of the upcoming film adapted from Joseph Conrad’s classic novel. 

Industry panels will include Storytelling for Animation, chaired by award-winning animation writer and director Evgenia Golubeva, with a panel of creatives across animation discussing what makes a great animated story. The festival will nurture and platform neurodiverse animation talent, with a workshop programme for new and aspiring neurodiverse animators run in collaboration with Biggerhouse Film, inviting audiences to see brand new work and take part in a discussion on neurodiversity in animation on Friday 30th October. Animators will have a chance to gain professional feedback on their work-in-progress at a special online edition of Animation Grill, reignited by Gareth Cavanagh for Cardiff Animation Festival 2020 online. 

Opening the online shorts programmes will be a festival edition of Cardiff Animation Nights, the festival team’s free monthly independent animation screenings, on Friday 23rd October. Usually held in Cardiff’s Kongs bar, the festival has taken Cardiff Animation Nights online since April, with a total of over 1000 viewers from Cardiff and around the world tuning in to watch independent animated short films together apart and share their viewing experience through live chat and clapping hand emojis.

The festival team have been running events online since April 2020, made possible by funding from the Arts Council of Wales’s National Lottery Fund, Film Hub Wales as part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) and the National Lottery and FilmFeelsConnected, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI FAN. 

The Cardiff Animation Festival Climate Assembly in April supported by Clwstwr brought industry delegates from around the world together to ask ‘how can we make the animation industry greener?’ The festival partnered up with ScreenSkills for an industry masterclass In conversation with Lorraine Lordan giving insight into a career in animation direction, and an Inclusion in Animation panel discussion on how we can work towards a fairer and more diverse animation industry. Workshops facilitating creativity over the internet have included a Welsh-language introduction to modelmaking and animation with animator Laura Tofarides, and drawing workshops with Welsh artist Kyle Legall in partnership with Cinema Golau. Monthly online Cardiff Animation Nights have brought independent animated short films to existing and new audiences, bringing over 300 new subscribers to the Cardiff Animation YouTube channel, while new Cardiff Animation Kids screenings on Saturday mornings have introduced children to independent animation. 

Cardiff Animation Festival is funded by Arts Council Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film Hub Wales as part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), BFI NETWORK Wales, and Ymddiried through the Owen Edwards Scholarship Fund, and sponsored by Cloth Cat Animation, Picl Animation, Creative Europe Desk UK – Wales, the University of South Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Jammy Custard Animation, the British Animation Awards, S4C and by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund with contributions from UK animation productions.

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Cardiff Animation Festival is a biennial celebration of animation for everyone, running online throughout the rest of 2020. The festival will showcase some of the best animation from all over the world for adults, families and filmmakers, including short film programs, feature films, masterclasses, workshops, family programmes, filmmaker Q+As, industry panels, networking events and parties.

Chapter is one of Europe’s largest and most dynamic arts centres with cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces, studios, a café, award-winning bars, over 60 cultural workspaces and more.

Chapter has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and collaboration. It offers an ever-changing programme of the best performance, films and exhibitions from Wales and from around the world.

Cardiff Animation Nights are bi-monthly screenings of independent animated short films at Kongs, St Mary Street Cardiff, run by a  team of dedicated volunteers. Since it began in October 2014, Cardiff Animation Nights has screened over 300 of the best independent animated shorts from the global animation festival circuit to growing audiences of local animation professionals, students and the general public.

Film Hub Wales (FHW) aims to bring more films, to more people, in more places around Wales. Part of the BFI Film Audience Network and supported by National Lottery funding, FHW regularly develops inventive ways for people in Wales to go to the cinema with its independent member venues.

Film Hub Wales (FHW) is one of eight UK wide ‘hubs’ part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) and supported with National Lottery funding, with Chapter appointed as the Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) in Wales. They aim to develop the exhibition sector through dedicated research, training and audience development project support. Since Film Hub Wales set up in 2013, they’ve supported over 195 exciting cinema projects, reaching over 420,000 audience members.

In partnership with their member cinemas, arts centres, community venues, societies, festivals and wider film practitioners, FHW aims to celebrate and support the vibrant cultural film sector here in Wales, working together to expand and increase choice for audiences, regardless of where they live.

FHW also lead the UK Inclusive Cinema strategy on behalf of BFI FAN.

Ffilm Cymru Wales supports bold and original filmmaking from talent, crews and companies that reflect a diverse and creative Wales. Recent credits include Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse, Rungano Nyoni’s award-winning I Am Not A Witch, Submarine starring Craig Roberts, followed by his directorial debut Just Jim and the upcoming Eternal Beauty, starring Sally Hawkins; animated feature Ethel & Ernest; Sundance award-winning documentary Dark Horse; Welsh-language features Y Llyfrgell and Gwledd, and Catherine Linstrum’s directing debut Nuclear.

 In addition to supporting filmmaking talent with training, company support and investment into film development and production, Ffilm Cymru supports inclusive and innovative practice in film education and film education. For more information please see

ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based creative industries – animation, film, games, television including children’s and high-end, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to build an inclusive workforce with the skills needed for continued success, now and in the future. 

Ymddiried (The Welsh Broadcasting Trust) is a registered charity, established to promote and support educational activities in relation to television, film, radio and digital services. Its aim is to expand and enrich the range of skills and experience of media professionals of the future; offer practical opportunities for newcomers, and facilitate access to the media for communities in Wales.

The Owen Edwards Scholarship Fund was established in memory of a former trustee who was dedicated to establishing a television service which reflected the aspirations and interests of communities across Wales. There has been a massive increase in media outlets and services, of which a new generation of users and content providers have taken ownership.


BFI NETWORK brings together national film agencies and leading cultural venues to discover, develop and fund new and emerging writers, directors and producers across the UK, with investment from the National Lottery. Delivered by Ffilm Cymru Wales, BFI NETWORK Wales exists to support Welsh born or based filmmaking talent at the beginning of their careers.

Cloth Cat Animation is an award winning studio and the largest animation production company in Wales. They are renowned developers and co-production partners currently working on a number of highly successful global brands. Based in central Cardiff, they have the facilities and expertise to take projects from development to international delivery with in-house creative talent and high-end technical support.

Current and recent projects include the Emmy nominated series ‘Luo Bao Bei’, ‘The Rubbish World of Dave Spud’, ‘Shane the Chef’, ‘Olobob Top!’, ‘Ethel and Ernest’, ‘Toot the Tiny Tugboat’ and ‘Boj’.

Picl Animation is an animation studio and production company in central Cardiff, working across broadcast, commercial projects, short film, music video and animation for live performance. Picl is run by director, animator and Cardiff Animation Festival Director Lauren Orme, whose award-winning work has been screened around the world, and whose latest short Creepy Pasta Salad was one of six films shortlisted for the 2020 British Short Animation BAFTA.

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