After a sell-out event in 2016, I was thrilled to co-curate and direct the 2nd Animation Central, an animation celebration for all the family, as part of Leeds Young Film Festival.
To mark the release of the LEGO Batman Movie, we celebrated the LEGO thiingsanimation director Tony Mines from Spite Your Face Productions.
To mark the release of the LEGO Batman Movie, we pulled together an incredible celebration of Brick Filmmaking. LEGO art director Tori Davis visited from LEGO headquarters in Denmark to talk about her work, and will work with children to turn themselves into a LEGO mini figure by learning to draw the LEGO way.
LEGO animation director Tony Mines from Spite Your Face was gave an incredible masterclasses and a series of workshops - the result of which was 'ICE CREAM HEADACHE: A LEGO Batman Film" made by over 150 young attendees on the Animation and Sound workshops at #LYFF2017's Animation Central - get your popcorn and have a watch!
I hosted a daily Animation Show: an interactive family event where families watched cartoons together, tested their animation trivia knowledge, and went behind the scenes to discover the secrets of some of their favourite programmes. Special guests included Tori Davis (LEGO), Paul Couvella (Scream Street) and John Ashton (Postman Pat).
We were also proud to host the World Premiere of AWGs film, Metamorphosis. As well as welcoming back our young animators who took part in making the film during last year’s festival, we broke new ground by connecting with groups at the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies in Yerevan and Dilijan for a live Q&A. We also live streamed the premiere on the festivals Facebook page. Connecting young people together in celebration of their collaborative filmmaking endeavour though technology was not only fun. It enabled us to further heart of the founding value of ASIFA, promoting peace and mutual understanding through the unified interest of the art of animation.