- Date: 21 February 2011
- Artform: Visual arts
- Area: South West
The 2011 launch of Exeter's annual animation film and workshop festival Animated Exeter was a large scale animation lighting up the cathedral. Tundra's entrancing son-et-lumiere Isca Obscura ran for three nights with animation referencing the city's rich history and set to specially composed music.
The 12 day festival features work from global animation stars to new local talent. The programme includes over 140 animation films, as well as industry master classes, career planning days and award ceremonies.
Animation films include a screening of the newly Oscar nominated feature The Illusionist on 22 February at Exeter University's Campus Cinema. Branching out to North Devon, Animated Exeter is screening a number of other family favourites including A Town Called Panic and The Secret of Kells at The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington.
For those trying to take their first steps in the animation industry there are hands-on workshops and illuminating talks run by leading animators. These sessions introduce the art of animation, the finer points of life drawing, plot narration and scriptwriting as well as more detailed classes about stop-motion and video-mapping techniques. Industry experts taking part this year include BAFTA-winning screenwriter Alan Gilbey, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles supremo, Andy Wyatt and one of the UK's greatest 2D animators, Joanna Quinn, creator of Beryl, Famous Fred and the Charmin' bear from the TV ad.
As well as hands on workshops, there are exhibitions a careers day and the awards ceremony showcasing the best emerging talent.
Now in its twelfth year Animated Exeter attracts crowds of over 12,000 and is one of the biggest animation festival in the region.