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Exeter Gets Animated This February Half Term!

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Animated Exeter, the leading animation festival in the South West, is back in town this February half term for its 15th year! A plethora of workshops, exhibitions, screenings and talks will run wild in Exeter next month, keeping everyone on their toes with top quality national and international animations. The key aim of Animated Exeter is to inspire animators of the future and to showcase local talent; Animated Exeter shows that the city is not a countryside corner far removed from artistic opportunities, but instead that its arthouse cinemas, archaic streets and cafes and modern galleries provide a fertile base for world-class animation to be created and celebrated. Kaleidoscopic light-projections onto cathedrals, quirky workshops in the BikeShed Theatre and screenings in the Exeter Phoenix aptly prove this point, and Animated Exeter has now emerged as an international festival, screening competitive films from around the world and attracting speakers such as Phil Davies, the producer of Peppa Pig, and the great indie film creators Brothers McLeod. Animated Exeter is the real deal and invites you to come and enjoy its picture-perfect craftsmanship!

AnExPromo15(vimeo) from Animated Exeter on Vimeo.

Ready, Set…

To get ahead of the game before the festival even starts, get involved in the competition to make an Animated Exeter LIGHTSTREAM cocktail, which glows with clever light projection! Mixologists at The Bikeshed Theatre will do their thing and concoct a delicious drink from the winning entry, which will then be sold throughout the festival at the theatre, so get those colourful thinking caps on and enter your mix to LIGHTSTREAM artist Tal Rosner CHECK will be displaying an array of dazzling displays and projections around Exeter during the festival, as well as working with students from Exeter College and Weston College to make an animation network in the South West (SWAN). Rosner has already had an impressive career, working on multi-disciplinary collaborations, ranging from creating the title sequence for C4’s ‘Skins’ to crafting a new video interpretation of Britten’s Four Sea Interlude played by four leading American orchestras.

Make sure you also get hold of a copy of Philip Reeve’s The Exeter Riddles, which has been commissioned for Animated Exeter and beautifully printed at the Exeter based Short Run Press. The little hardback swathed in ivy green fabric with gold foil print focusses on Exeter’s adventurous history; a striking keepsake of Exeter’s history for the festival.

Grab a t-shirt while you’re at it, donning the explosively colourful Animated Exeter 2014 logo. This creation by talented illustrator Hannah Goodacre is also displayed in many clandestine nooks and crannies of Exeter!

So what’s on?


Soap Soup Theatre are in The BikeShed Theatre this festival with treats of tabletop puppetry, contemporary music, imaginative storytelling and funny bits. There will also be Soap Soup Theatre’s first solo show performed and devised by Tomasin Cuthbert, don’t miss out!

Little Red Riding Hood

7.30pm, Tuesday 18th February & Saturday 22nd February

The classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood is re-invented into this not so sweet bedtime story. Join Red as she crosses eiderdown meadows to Grandma’s house.

Snow Baby

7.30pm, Wednesday 19th February & Friday 21st February

Snow Baby is a love story; a story of castles in the air, of weathering the storm and of dreams coming true in the most unexpected ways.

‘It was my little boy’s first trip to the theatre and he was totally absorbed.”

Liz Hart, Parent and Artistic Director Bric a Brac Productions

£5, suitable for deaf audience and age 2+


Degrees of Animation

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Saturday 18th January – Saturday 1st March, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, FREE

This exhibition celebrates a new collaboration of the South West’s animation courses and the gallery showcases the most exciting graduate talent. Original models and drawings are displayed alongside films.

Mr Benn

Gloss-Art, Exeter, Friday 14th February – Sunday 9th March, Thursday 9.30am – 5.30pm/ Friday and Saturday 9.30am – 6pm/ Sunday 10am – 5pm

Return to your childhood with this colourful and charming exhibition of affordable collectable works of David Mckee’s Mr Benn series.


Fore Street, Friday 14th – Saturday 15th February, 7pm-9pm, FREE, suitable for all

Tal Rosner leads a spectacular variety of projections and illuminations on Exeter’s Fore Street. BAFTA –winning Rosner has been working with students in the South West to create a series of stunning projections. See them all here with the comfort of warming refreshments at this ancient, medieval entrance to Exeter which rises from the River Exe. Have a good dig around; some projections may be hidden away in dark corners.

Animated Exeter 2014 Film Preview from Animated Exeter on Vimeo.


Animated Exeter will presenting films for School’s Week in partnership with FILMCLUB, who provide young people with films from across the world to help further their education and give them a little peek into what’s out there! A short selection of animations curated by FILMCLUB and the British Council will be displayed for schoolchildren. From losing teeth, an Indian myth about a man with no head, exploring space to a furry eco warrior and the things you find your hair, there are lots of fun short film stories for you to either dip into or watch all at once. The programme is just over an hour long and is made up of seven short films, combining a creative mix of animation, live-action and documentary. The films will run on 10th and 11th February in Vue in Exeter, from 9am. Even better, tickets are free, just email for more information. or Checkout the website “Whats on”

Here’s a quick summary of the film you’ll be able to see;


Dir. Corinne Ladiende (2012) 7 mins

Seven year-old Ernesto feels left out when he realizes he is the only kid in school with a full set of baby teeth.


Dir: Micky O’Donoghue (2011) 3 mins

A little alien from a far-away galaxy goes on an adventure to earth and flies through an open window into a child’s bedroom.

The Storyteller

Dir. Nadita Jain (2011) 10 mins

7 year-old Nirmala loves her Grandpa’s stories but for some reason he just can’t remember them anymore.


Dir. Marc Craste (2011) 24 mins

Adapted from a children’s book, this beautiful and moving animation tells of the plight of a Varmint, a sensitive, mole-like creature, with a strong bond with nature.


Dir. Sally Pearce (2008) 13 mins

Kay lives in a very grey house, wears very grey clothes and eats very grey food. What else is very grey?

Space Travel according to John

Dir. Jamie Stone & Anders Jedenfors (2100) 3 mins

A fantastic animated illustration of 12-year-old John Gillespie’s thoughts about space travel and the important things we must consider when going to Mars and what we might find when we get there.

The Girl with the World in her Hair

Dir. Debbie Howard (2011) 3 mins.

Jasmine has beautiful hair with lots and lots of curls but sometimes having this many curls is not easy.

Other festival screenings;

The SMEOP Project

Friday 14th February, 11am – 11.30am, Exeter Phoenix Black Box, FREE, suitable for age 7+

Two short animated films made in 3D by James Price, JAM and pupils from Westover Green Community School and the PRU Bridgwater Centre, Bridgwater.

The Graduate

Friday 14th February, 12.15pm-1.30pm, Exeter Phoenix, £6/£4, suitable for age 15+

The best of the UK’s 2013 animation graduates, put into one fantastic showreel!

Wide World

Exeter Phoenix, Saturday 15th February, 10am -11.15am, £6/£4, suitable for ages 5+

The best of world animation for children, freshly plucked from a recent competition selection.

The Indies

Exeter Phoenix, Saturday 15th February, 1pm-2.15pm, £6/£4, suitable for age 12+

A selection of independent animation talent from around the world.

The National Film Board of Canada Presents…

Exeter Phoenix, Saturday 15th February, 11.30am – 12.45pm, £10/£7, suitable for 12+

The familiar NFB logo heralds a top quality screening. Looking back over the Film Board’s 75 years, Michael Fukushima, Executive Producer of the Animation Studio at NFB presents a selection of some of the world’s greatest animation.

The Young Ones

Exeter Phoenix, Saturday 15th February, 1.30pm – 2.45pm, £5/£3, suitable for age 5+

The best of Britain’s emerging talent.

Moshi Monsters: The Movie (U)

Exeter Phoenix, Sunday 16th February, 1pm – 2.45pm

Dir: Wip Vernooj, Morgan Francis, UK, 2013, 81 mins

Join Katsuma, Poppet, Mr. Snoodle, and the other Moshi Monsters star in an action-packed, song-filled race against time! Together they must stop evil Dr. Strangeglove.

From Up On Poppy Hill (PG)

The Campus Cinema, Exeter University, Sunday 16th Febraury, 6.30pm & 9pm, £3.50 / £2 members

Dir: Goro Miyazaki, Japan, 2011, 91 mins

From the creators of Spirited Away. A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school’s clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Wold Children (PG)

The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Monday 17th February (7pm), Wednesday 19th February (5pm), £6 / £5.50 / £5 Plough Supporters

Dir: Mamoru Hosada. Japan, 2012,117 mins, dubbed.

Hana falls in love with a ‘wolf man’ and eventually has two children. Tragedy forces the family to move far from their previous city life.

Family Favourites

Exeter College CCI, Tuesday 18th February, 2pm – 3.30pm, £5 / £3, Suitable for all

A selection of favourite UK TV characters includes Sarah and Duck, The Big Knights and Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom – a perfect afternoon’s viewing for the family.

Frozen (PG)

Campus Cinema, Exeter University, Tuesday 18th February, 6.30pm & 9pm, £3.50 / £2 members

Dir: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, US, 2013, 85 mins

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.


Mind Candy

Industry Talk, Exeter Phoenix, Friday 14th February, 10am-12pm, £7/£5, suitable for age 15+

The gifted animators from Mind Candy, the creators of kid’s hit Moshi Monsters give an insightful talk about character creation and animation for games.

ShowMeTheAnimation Presents: The Sarah and Duck Story

Industry Talk, Friday 14th February, Exeter Phoenix, 1.45pm – 3.15pm, £7/£5, suitable for age 15+

Helen Brunsdon talks with Karrot Animation and provides vital hints and tips for a career in the animation industry.

Patrick Doyon: Animation Director

Industry Talk, Friday 14th February, Bikeshed Theatre, 4pm – 5.30pm, £7/£5, suitable for age 15 +

Academy nominated animator, Patrick Doyon, talks about life as an animator in Canada, as well as musing the success of his film Dimanche.

75 Years of Excellence: The National Film Board of Canada

Screentalk, Exeter Phoenix, WHEN, 2.30pm – 4pm, Saturday 15th February, £10/£7, suitable for age 12+

Michael Fukushima will discuss the history of the NFB and show some of the highlights of this world-class archive, including the work of pioneer film-maker, Norman McLaren, whose centenary this year is being celebrated in April in Scotland.

Moshi TV: The Children’s Verdict

Panel Discussions, Exeter Phoenix, Sunday 16th February, 3pm-5pm, £7/£5, suitable for age 7+

A unique chance for children to see and comment on how an exciting brand new TV series is created; a specially selected panel of children will give their verdict. In the firing line will be Jocelyn Stevenson, Executive Creative Producer at Mind Candy.


Alan Gibley’s Writing Workout

Exeter Phoenix, Friday 14th February, 2pm – 5pm, £20, suitable for age 18+

Scripts out of shape? Films feeling flabby? Stretch your writing muscle with Alan Gibley, one of the UK’s most successful cartoon film writers. Alan uses group activities, silly games and the occasional cartoon to get you laughing and creating in a fun, informal atmosphere. He’ll teach you the basics of story structure too!

Storyboard Masterclass

Exeter Phoenix, Saturday 15th February, 10am-1pm, suitable for age 16+, £20

Learn how to work your way through a tricky script with Chris Dew, one of the UK’s finest storyboard artists. Chris is a fine storyboard artist who has worked on some of the country’s most popular animated children’s series, from Charlie and Lola to Tree Fu Tom. Bring a pencil along and get stretching!

Animate It with Kudlian

Tuckers Hall, 2pm – 5pm, Saturday 15th February, FREE, suitable for all, but under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Get stuck into animation with the help of world famous Aardman Animation studios in one of Exeter’s best kept secret venues.

Make a Moshling

Exeter Phoenix, Sunday 16th February, 10am- 12pm, £10, suitable for all but under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Families can come and work together to create a whole scene of Moshlings. You’ll create familiar and brand new characters!


Exeter Phoenix, Monday 17th February, 10am – 1pm (7-11yrs), 2pm – 5pm (12-15yrs), £12

Scrap meets animation to make weird and wonderful creatures come to life, using yogurt pots, video tape, anything we can find. Think Blue Peter meets Button Moon!

Make & Take Day 1

Arrietty, 1 New Bridge Street, Monday 17th February, 10am – 12pm (6-10yrs), 2pm – 4pm (11-15yrs), £8 for both days, Under 8 ‘s must be accompanied by an adult

This two-day workshop combines textile craft and stop motion animation. Your handiwork will feature in an animated film before being turned into something beautiful to take home.


Exeter Pheonix, Tuesday 18th February, 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm, £12, 7-12 yrs am / 11-15 yrs pm

Introduction to basic 2D cut-out animation. You will create a storyboard, design and cut out your characters, make a background andcreate a short animation.

Make & Take Day 2

SpaceX, Tuesday 18th February, 10am – 12pm (6 -10yrs), 2pm – 4pm (11-15yrs), £8 for both days, under 8 ‘s must be accompanied by an adult.

Day two of the two-day workshop.

Flip Boom Cartoon

Exeter Phoenix, Wednesday 19th February, 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm, £12, 7-12yrs, beginner

A 3 hour crash course in this multi-techique animation software. You can choose from a wide variety of animation techniques, from bones animation, cut-out, stop motion, traditional digital or paper animation and rotoscoping.

McLaren Workshop

Exeter Phoenix, Thursday 20th February, 10am – 1pm (7-12yrs), 2pm – 5pm (12-17yrs)

This workshop allows you to create your own animation using Norman McLaren’s groundbreaking techniques on an iPad app.

Drawn to Animation

Exeter Phoenix, Friday 21st February, 10am – 1pm (7-11yrs), 2pm – 5pm (12-15yrs)

Traditional 2D drawn techniques inspired by Canadian animation pioneer, Norman McLaren.

Outer Space: Chance Conversions

SpaceX, 11am – 4pm, Friday 21st Februaty, £10, 12-15 yrs

Animate the deconstruction and re-assembly of a variety of interesting three-dimensional objects. Booking is essential, or 01392 431 786. Bring a packed lunch.

Other events include the Animated Exeter 2014 Awards which will pick the cream of the crop from The Graduate, The Indies, Best of the West, The Young Ones and Wide World; competition is going to be fierce and animation is going to magnificent. There is also a quirky little event called the Animated Tudors: Trade Off, which takes place in The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and explores a variety of techniques and special effects to tell a story of Elizabethan life and trade within the city; you might even get the chance to act out a scene which can then be included within the completed film – the kids will love it! Meanwhile, Nuts and Volts have set up camp in an empty shop in Exeter and are dedicating themselves to observe and mark the passing of time…this mysterious event is one well-worth searching out. There is also a bit of everything music from Mr. Scruff, who will be keeping it unreal this year in Exeter with Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop, Funk, Disco, Deep House. Reggaie, Latin, Afrobeat, Electroinica and plenty of goodies which don’t fit into any categories.

Throughout the festival, aspiring animators will have the opportunity to learn about career paths into the industry, as well as taking part in competitions, watching high quality international animation and attending diverse exhibitions in the field. There are a myriad of master-classes for all skill levels, outdoor animated projections, soundscapes and lighting. A big highlight this year will be The National Film Board of Canada coming over with a party bag full of their most innovative and interesting films.

2014 is a big deal, don’t miss it!

For information go to or call 01392 667080, you can book your tickets through Exeter Phoenix!

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