Full programme announced for Cardiff Animation Festival 2020 Online!

Cardiff Animation Festival has announced their full online festival programme. The festival has added further announcements to their exciting 2020 line-up, including masterclasses and Q+As with key talent behind The Rubbish World of Dave Spud, Strike and The Adventures of Paddington™. The online celebration of animation for everyone will showcase some of the best animation from all over the world for adults, families and filmmakers.

The rescheduled spring 2020 festival will now run online, with events starting 17th October, building towards the main festival week 24th October – 1st November. Tickets for individual events are now on sale, and Early Bird passes are available for £15 per pass.

Festival Director Lauren Orme says:

We’re so proud of this programme and thrilled to finally be bringing it to audiences! This has been a difficult year for everyone and it was really important to us to be able to offer passes at such a reduced price and individual tickets on a pay-what-you-can basis, so as many people as possible can access the festival. The online format has also enabled us to subtitle all our events to make everything even more accessible which is really exciting.

A range of family-friendly events will run throughout the festival, including an incredible chance to see behind-the-scenes of the brand new CGI series The Adventures of Paddington™ by Blue Zoo Animation for StudioCanal & Nickelodeon, presented by Producer Simon Quinn.

Ed Foster, creator of Illuminated Films’ hit animated CITV comedy The Rubbish World of Dave Spud, will tell the story of his 16-year journey from student film to directing his own series, and the origins of underdog, unlikely hero and unwitting creator of chaos Dave Spud and his family. With a voice cast featuring Gina Yashere and Johnny Vegas, and animation by Cardiff’s Cloth Cat Animation, the show’s ratings have been far from rubbish since its launch last September and it’s now in production for its second series.

The programme includes British stop-motion feature film STRIKE, a story of a young mole trying to achieve his impossible dream of becoming a footballer to save his hometown from a greedy supervillain. The film is Sussex-based Trevor Hardy’s first feature, produced by Gigglefish Studios. After the film screening audiences can go behind-the-scenes with an engaging Q+A with the film’s director Trevor Hardy, voice actor Lizzie Waterworth and producer Neil James exploring the unique way recycling helped to bring the film to life, chaired by Suraya Raja.

The festival is teaming up with Visible in Visuals, a platform aiming to make animation and VFX more inclusive, for a panel and Q+A focusing on different careers in animation and advice for students and those looking to get into the industry.

These events and many more add to an already spectacular line-up, including masterclasses on directing Bob’s Burgers with Welsh animator Simon Chong, Moominvalley with episode director Avgousta Zourelidi, the world’s first sand animated feature film Heart of Darkness currently being made in Wales by director Gerald Conn.

Festival-goers will be able to come together for live watch parties of the seven themed programmes of the festival’s favourite new animated shorts from around the world, swapping rounds of applause in the cinema for clapping emojis in the live chat, and voting for their favourites to win the CAF Audience Award. There will be a chance to meet some of the brilliant independent filmmakers behind the films in competition at Animators Brunch, live Q+As hosted by Skwigly’s Ben Mitchell and Laura-Beth Cowley on Sunday 25th October and Sunday 1st November.

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.

Cardiff Animation Festival 2020 online will run from Saturday 17th October to Sunday 1st November online. Cardiff Animation Festival passes and individual tickets are on sale now, with a limited number of reduced-price Early Bird passes available at  https://watch.eventive.org/caf2020 and https://caf2020.eventive.org/passes/buy

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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 www.ffilmcymruwales.com


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.


Since 2011, Jammy Custard Animation has worked with world-renowned names in sports, health and beauty, public sector, the arts and technology sectors. Jammy Custard Animation work directly with clients and alongside advertising and marketing agencies, being a reliable source of creativity, even when the pressure is on.


Into Film supports teachers and educators to achieve a wide range of effective learning outcomes in their use of film. Our programme includes a network of extra-curricular film clubs, resources for use in clubs and in the classroom, training opportunities, a cinema-based film festival and our annual Awards. It has been designed to meet the needs of all four nations in the UK.


The Iris Prize celebrates LGBT+ film in Cardiff, Wales, UK all year round, including a six-day international queer film festival every October. The Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival awards the largest short film prize in the world – the prestigious £30,000 Iris Prize. Iris also runs LGBT+ community outreach projects throughout the year in Wales & beyond.


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