Kids get animated at the National Media Museum


Bradford Animation Festival (BAF) starts this week and on Saturday 12th November the National Media Museum (NMM) will play host to a number of events especially designed for children and families. The day is comprised of workshops, screenings and an award ceremony, all designed to celebrate animated films from around the globe and to encourage younger people to have a go themselves. As well as movie-making, there is also the opportunity for children to challenge each other in a Nintendo DSi tournament and to view a selection of films directed and produced by young animators from the UK and Europe.

The day starts with a workshop run by professional animator Jack Lockhart who demonstrates how to bring Lego characters to life in preparation for writing and directing your own animated film. Everyone loves Lego right?! This looks very exciting however at aged three my daughter is too young to attend so we will sadly have to give it a miss. There are two sessions during the day lasting two hours and costing £10 per child aged 7+; booking is essential.

The Mini Moving Drawings workshop (12-4pm) is a free session with famous animator Joanna Quinn which focuses on showing children how to bring their pictures to life. Joanna, who is probably best known for the Charmin Bear commercials, has been Oscar nominated for two of her films and won three awards at the Annecy Animation Festival in 1987 for her first production. This is a drop-in workshop so there is no need to book, all ages welcome.

Unravel is an epic arts project which has been touring the UK since 2010 encouraging local people to contribute to a hand-painted film measuring 874 miles long! Unravel will be at the NMM on Saturday offering children and adults the opportunity to paint, scratch or draw onto the 16mm celluloid film. A screening of a section of the film will take place at 4pm in the Cubby Broccoli cinema; both events are free and everyone is welcome to have a go!

On the day there will also be a showing of feature film Arrietty which is a Japanese interpretation of the 1950s tale The Borrowers by Mary Norton, dog-tastic Disney classic One Hundred and One Dalmations, and a number of animated shorts including Marvin, a story about being different narrated by Steve Coogan. Please check the Kids section of  the BAF website for further details.

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  1. Bradford Animation Festival’s traditional Friday night party is taking on a new and exciting guise this year, as they team up with LunaMatik Festival 2011 to bring you the BAF Global Chill on Friday the 11th of November 2011, from 9pm until 2am. This is your big chance to enjoy rainforest-grade world beats (including, fresh from Musicport Kath Canoville’s Global Meltdown (BCB fm, TGU, Nation Records – world fusion ), plus many …more DJs on the wheels of steel, including Kris Kuba (Tokyo’s, Revolution)Banaris Iqbal (BCB – Asian beats), Jerry Crawford (BCB, Mingles Nightclub – chilled house set), Tareck Gonheim (BCB, New Bohemia, Leeds – Sticks And Stones), and Mick Dundee (TGU, BCB FM – trance and techno).

    This multicultural melting pot of beats is your chance to mix and mingle with fellow creative minds, including industry professionals and film directors from the animation and game industries, and have lots of fun, too!!! People are coming from the length and breadth of the UK for this popular event, so please arrive early.

    LunaMatik is a catch-all Northern music, arts, science and food festival that has everything from ghost hunts to raves, poetry jams to theatrical events, rock and folk gigs to classical organ recitals, with gigs, concerts, art exhibitions, craft sessions, workshops and participatory events happening non-stop for almost three weeks throughout West and North Yorkshire, and Manchester, including Leeds, Hebden Bridge, Skipton, York and Wakefield.

    You do not need to book tickets for LunaMatik: BAF Global Chill. However, you are required to bring your dancing shoes.

    Free for BAF Passholders (show your pass) / £2 on the door. (Over 18s Only)

    Check out the LunaMatik website:

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