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Animated Exeter celebrates local and global talent

  • Date: 17 February 2011
  • Area: South West
projection on Exeter Cathedral

Projection on Exeter Cathedral for Animated Exeter.

Exeter's annual animation film and workshop festival Animated Exeter kicked off on 14 February and runs for 12 days until 26 February.

The 2011 festival promises a packed programme featuring work from global animation stars to the hottest new local talent. During the fortnight festival goers can enjoy watching over 140 animation films, as well as attend industry master-classes, career-planning days and prestigious award ceremonies. There is something on offer to keep all ages entertained and learning new skills.

Animated Exeter celebrates its 2011 launch with a fantastic piece of large scale animation lighting up the city's most recognisable building. Tundra's entrancing son-et-lumiere Isca Obscura will illuminate Exeter Cathedral on 18, 19, 20 February with a narrative of graphics referencing the city's rich history set to exclusively composed music.

Animation films - features and shorts, are another highpoint of this year's event. Younger audiences will be mesmerised by Box of Delights 1 & 2 selections, featured on 19 and 20 Feb, which offers animation from leading international award winners. There's also a screening of the newly Oscar nominated feature The Illusionist (from Sylvain Chomet director of Belleville Rendevous) on 22 February at Exeter University's Campus Cinema. Branching out to North Devon, Animated Exeter will screen a number of other family favourite festival pieces - the hilarious A Town Called Panic (19,21 Feb), the poignant Mary and Max (18 Feb) and the spellbinding The Secret of Kells (22, 23, 24 Feb) 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 will 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 famous TV advert.

As well as hands-on workshops there are inspiring exhibitions showing a variety of animation styles, plus an informative careers day, helping those with an animation career dream. The awards ceremony given during the festival and afterwards, will showcase the very best emerging talent.

Now in its twelfth year, Animated Exeter attracts crowds of over 12,000 and due to ongoing support from Arts Council England, Exeter City Council and South West Screen it has secured its place as one of the biggest animation festival in the region.

Arts Council England's South West Director Phil Gibby said: 'Animated Exeter encourages new audiences to experience digital arts and is an important event for the creative economy of Exeter and further afield'. He described the festival as an impressive programme of workshops, films and events.

So whether you're an eager seven year-old or a seasoned pro you will no doubt find something for you in this exciting range of events, exhibitions, films, workshops, and activities.