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Canterbury Anifest 2017 Returns

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Great news for animation fans in the South East of England!  Not long to go until Canterbury Anifest 2017 returns to Kent offering a host of animation goodness for all ages on the 29 and 30 September.

This year the festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary and promises a variety of talks, workshops and screenings throughout.

Festival director Dr Chris Pallant tells us: “That the festival has been able to go from strength to strength over ten years, in the face of challenging and uncertain financial times, really does demonstrate the passion for animation and the appetite for behind-the-scenes knowledge that exists in the city and Kent more broadly.”

Tom Sito

Tom Sito

This year the festival will see Disney represented at Anifest for the first time, with legendary animator Tom Sito joining the festivities to talk about his time at Disney during the studio’s 1990s animation renaissance, including his work on the films Beauty and the Beast (1991) Aladdin (1992), and Pocahontas (1995).

Other special guests on the Saturday will include Aardman’s Jim Parkyn, animated documentary maker Samantha Moore and Blue Zoo’s Tom Box.  There will also be a number of workshops offering the chance to get involved and have a go at model making and creating flipbooks.

There will also be a chance to see which films have been shortlisted from the animation circuit and discover who has won the Anifest awards 2017.  Dr Chris Pallant explains: “We had another really strong year of submissions to our international short animated film competition, coming in from places such as Canada, France, Iran, as well as from across the UK.  This year’s winners will be announced on Saturday 30th September.”

Canterbury Anifest is not run for profit, and it would not be possible to stage the event without the support of the School of Media, Art and Design and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University, as well as the staff and students who volunteer their time to ensure that the festival is programmed and delivered smoothly each year.  It is always a great day out and well worth the trip as it offers something for all animation fans young and old.

This year’s festival takes place on Friday 29 – Saturday 30th September at Augustine House in Canterbury. To find out more and to purchase tickets visit their website:

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