Anim18 – A Year of British Animation




While the season has now ended, you can still find programming inspiration, resources and much more via the project website


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.

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.

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

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

Find out more at

Follow on Twitter:
@Anim18UK & Facebook & Instagram



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)




Anim18 Projects

Dates Partner Location
Running across the season Chapter Cardiff, Wales
Running across the season Small World Theatre Cardigan, Wales
Running across the season Flicks in The Sticks Pop-up locations in

England & Wales

Running across the season Media Active Shropshire, England
Running across the season MAC Birmingham, England
Running across the season HOME Manchester, England
Running across the season Watershed Bristol, England
Running across the season Brewery Arts Centre & Lakes Comic Art Festival Kendal, England
Running across the season Courtyard Hereford Hereford, England
Running across the season Glasgow Short Film Festival Glasgow & On Tour, Scotland
Running across the season Screen Tiree Argyll & Bute, Scotland
Running across the season BFI Film Hub Northen Ireland Various locations, Northen Ireland
Running across the season Nerve Centre, Derry/Belfast Derry & Belfast, Northen Ireland
Running across the season BFI FAN Young Programmers Network UK-wide
March 6-9 Into Film – Spring Screenings (for children and young people). UK-wide
March 26 – April 5 Leeds Young Film Festival Leeds, 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 6 Sensoria Festival Sheffield, England
October 4 – 7 World Of Film Festival Glasgow, Scotland
November 14 – 16 Manchester Animation Festival Manchester, England