Festival Director, Dan Richards, is thrilled with how this year is shaping up. “With this year’s Anifest we wanted to produce a festival not just for Canterbury but for a nationally and internationally audience. We’ve spent six months putting together a dream list from the world of animation and feel we’ve achieved an all-star lineup. Anifest 2012 is an opportunity to see characters from Aardman’s Pirates and the classic characters produced by the legendary Ray Harryhausen, as well as hear from the animators behind Toy Story and Madagascar over one weekend in the beautiful city of Canterbury.”
Anifest will again be hosted in Canterbury Christ Church University’s Augustine House, a modern, stylish building and a great venue for a festival celebrating creativity and innovation. Now in its sixth year, the festival will run over two days, incorporating events, workshops, screenings and competitions. It promises to be an exciting weekend, a window into the ever expanding industry that is animation.
Canterbury Anifest is the South East’s only annual animation festival. It’s a great community event that invites people of all ages to come and experience the magic of animation; allowing them to get involved with something out of the ordinary. With a range of workshops, behind-the-scenes presentations from industry professionals, screenings and family friendly events, Anifest has something for everyone. The festival also caters for specialists and those in the industry, featuring national and international awards and guest speakers from some of the most prestigious animation studios. For more information visit www.canterburyanifest.com
Dan Richards, Festival Director
Dan has been Canterbury Anifest Festival Director for the past three years. He uses his industry links and experience to organise high quality events and professionals from some of the world’s best animation studios. Dan is the Creative Director of Animate & Create Studios, an animation company in Whitstable providing commercial animation production. Animate & Create’s community work provides workshops for young people as well as producing educational animation films. Dan also lectures in animation at Canterbury Christ Church University for the Film, Radio and Television Studies degree course. For more information visit www.animateandcreate.com
Cassidy Curtis, Dreamworks
Cassidy Curtis is DreamWorks’ Supervising Animator for the summer blockbuster Madagascar 3. Cassidy has led the team animating Alex the Lion in the third installment of the Madagascar trilogy. He will be coming to Canterbury to show clips and talk about his work on many of DreamWorks’ best-loved films, such as Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, and the Madagascar series.
Jim Parkyn, Aardman
Working at Aardman Animations since 2000, Jim has an impressive range of credits under his belt; including Creature Comforts, Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit. He has recently finished working on Aardman’s latest exciting Pirates feature film. Jim also runs modeling workshops across the country, getting involved with students and amateurs alike.
Eamonn Butler, Double Negative
After spending ten successful years at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he worked on a number of productions including Fantasia 2000, Dinosaur and Reign of Fire, Eamonn joined Double Negative in 2006. He now oversees the development of the studio’s Creature Animation Department and has worked on productions such as Hellboy 2 and Paul.
Dan McCoy, Pixar
Dan has worked on numerous animations including Toy Story 2 & 3, A Bug’s Life, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, and many more. He has held various positions within the company ranging from shading supervisor to rendering software engineer, so this is a great opportunity to hear from one of the talents behind so many of Pixar’s classic films.