What to expect at Cardiff Animation Festival 2022


The Cardiff Animation Festival (CAF) has announced the full program for its return to Cardiff from 7-10 April 2022. For the first time, CAF will be both online and in person, with online events from 7-24 April.

This year, festival runners crammed more than 60 events into the in-person program and 30 online, including feature films, short film screenings, workshops, industry panels, masterclasses, opportunities networking, parties and more. Special guests include Oscar® nominee Joanna Quinn, the animation team behind the groundbreaking film Flee, and Elizabeth Ito, creator of Netflix’s City of Ghosts.

Heads of creature effects from the BBC and HBO series His Dark Materials will be on hand to host a puppet masterclass revealing the secrets of the hit TV show, which is due for its third season this year. Other masterclasses include a behind-the-scenes ride on Nickelodeon’s It’s Pony; a dive into the life of an Aardman animator with Carmen Bromfield Mason; a look (or listen) at what goes into mixing sound with animation with Skillbard; and an exploration of a multi-award-winning career with animation legend Joanna Quinn hosting live on stage.

CAF will bring the multi-Oscar® nominated feature Flee to the big screen in Cardiff, with a Q&A with Artistic Director Jess Nicholls and Animation Director Kenneth Ladekjær. The festival will showcase two Japanese feature films: the innovative hand-drawn indie musical On-Gaku and the Welsh premiere of Summer Ghost, with Q&A with the directors of both films. The video adaptation of Jessica Ashman Dawta’s animated musical performance will also be followed by a Q&A with Jessica herself.

The Z to A of Studio Ghibli will be filled with ideas, anecdotes, theories and more, presented by the hosts of the Ghibliotheque podcast. The festival will also host Scripts Out Loud, a team of professional voice actors who will perform a new animated script live on stage, as well as 1-2-1s for new writers. Writers can also hear from the team behind Milkshake!’s Circle Square who will host a masterclass on writing for children’s animation.

The Cardiff Animation Festival returns from 7-10 April 2022

Partnering with Clwstwr and the AHRC’s Research in Film Awards, CAF will host a full day of events dedicated to the climate emergency and how the animation industry can help combat it. This will include a workshop exploring innovative creative workspaces as part of the Green Cymru project funded by Clwstwr and Ffilm Cymru. CAF will also spotlight neurodivergent animation talent through screenings, Q&As with neurodivergent filmmakers, and a workshop exploring the barriers neurodivergent talent faces within the animation industry.

For those who attend in person, there will be plenty of other opportunities to meet people, build skills and have fun. Social events will include CAF Pen/Pals sessions (with free coffee/drinks provided; chatting and doodling encouraged), dog life drawing, a lively music video disco and a lively 360º karaoke night at the Cultvr Lab.

On the opening night of the festival, Cardiff Animation Nights monthly socials will take over Depot, a massive warehouse in central Cardiff, for a night of short films, street food and fun. And every morning, CAF participants will be able to join the directors of the 102 short films in competition for questions/answers, coffee and croissants.

The final night of the in-person festival will bring the prestigious CAF Awards ceremony, followed closely by the closing party, a chance to say goodbye to the festival in style.

In addition to the extensive in-person programming, several exclusive online events are also scheduled, including a Q&A with Elizabeth Ito, creator of Netflix’s City of Ghosts; industry panels, Q&A with international filmmakers, collaborations with the Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) and a character design workshop for all ages. Plus, online attendees will be able to catch up on in-person events they may have missed.

Lauren Orme, Festival Director, comments,

“I am so proud of the CAF22 program. We’ve filled it with so many in-person and online events that we couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to share the amazing movies, hear from our amazing guests, and party with everyone at the lively karaoke!

Deputy Minister of Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden, says;

“I am delighted that we can support this event and see the return of cultural events again and being able to welcome the public in person is something that we have been looking forward to for a long time. The festival offers an exciting and varied program of films, including some Welsh premieres, and is a real showcase of local and international talent and expertise.

Festival passes, which grant access to all paid in-person events at the Chapter Arts Centre, are on sale now for £80 (£55 conc). Online passes, which grant access to all events online, are also on sale for £20. Tickets for individual events will go on sale from today, Thursday 10 March.

The full program, as well as tickets and passes, are available at cardiffanimation.com


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