Animation Central 2017

Flipbook workshop with Ralph Shephard.

Flipbook workshop with Ralph Shephard.

After a great opening year in 2016, I was delighted to co-curate the 2nd Animation Central, an animation celebration for all the family, as part of Leeds Young Film Festival - the UKs biggest family film event.

Designing a LEGO mini figure with LEGO artist Tori Davis.

Designing a LEGO mini figure with LEGO artist Tori Davis.

To celebrate the release of The LEGO Batman Movie, we pulled together a festival full of Brick filmmaking. LEGO art director Tori Davis visited from LEGO HQ in Denmark to talk about her work, and help children turn themselves into a LEGO mini figure by learning to draw the LEGO way!

Brick filmmaking with animator Toni Mines

Brick filmmaking with animator Toni Mines

LEGO animation director Tony Mines from Spite Your Face Productions gave a masterclasses and a series of workshops, while other groups created a soundtrack.

The result 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!

On the main stage, we screened films and hosted fantastic live events, including a BAFTA kids Premiere screening of The Amazing World of Gumball.

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 - who also led their own workshops included Tori Davis (LEGO), Paul Couvella (Scream Street) and John Ashton (Postman Pat).

Animation Central 2017 closed with the World Premiere of the ASIFA Workshop Group 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.

Along with an exhibition AniMotion, and drop in workshops from flipbooks to Blender, it was an incredible way to spend Easter in Yorkshire!