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.