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Manchester Animation Festival 2018 Award Winners

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Manchester Animation Festival is over for another year, but 2018’s edition has been the biggest and best yet, bringing a plethora of projects and companies from around the world to the city.

Every year the best minds in the industry gather to judge the best films in the industry and give them a giant bee! This year’s jury included Karin Vandenrydt (ANIMA Festival), Rob Munday (Short of the Week), and Tim Searle (Beano Studios). Without further ado, the award winners are….


The gorgeous Industry Excellence Awards were created by sculptor Beth Jupe at Mackinnon And Saunders.

Industry Excellence Award for Scriptwriting
Daniel Postgate
for The Clangers: The Block

Industry Excellence Award for Storyboarding
Vince James
for 70 MPH Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk

Industry Excellence Award for Character Design
Leigh Hodgkinson
for Olobob Top

Industry Excellence Award for Character Animation
Fabrice Pieton
for The Clangers




Mark of a Free Society – by Robert Grieves
The Jury Said: “A great use of animation, providing an important reminder in these confusing times…”


Travelogue Tel Aviv – by Samuel Patthey
The Jury Said: “Celebrating the energy of an intriguing city through its wonderfully free style”


Back to the Moon – by FX Goby & Helene LeRoux
The Jury Said: “Perfectly uses the technology of VR to transport you into the magical world of Méliès.”


Bloeistraat 11 –  by Nienke Deutz
The Jury said: “A genuine portrayal of the confusing age of adolescence, using a strikingly original and subtle style”


This year, the Jury has such a hard time deciding on a winner of the awards, they wanted to give a:

  • Special Mention for Best Short Film to ‘Egg,’ by Martina Scarpelli. The Jury said, “A powerful film that helps you begin to understand a very complicated condition.”
  • Special Mention for Best Student Film to ‘Somewhere Soft,’ by Satoe Yoshinari. The Jury said it was “A sincere, delicate film exploring the fragility of love with powerful impact.”

MAF 2018 was signed off by Festival Director, Steve Henderson, confirming that the Manchester Animation Festival will be returning for a 2019 edition – dates unannounced as yet.

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Lewis Heriz
@themooks @skwigly Yeah! That's when it becomes << actual magic >>
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@themooks @skwigly I know it's kind of obvious, but I used to see it as 'important but secondary'. I don't see it as secondary any more.
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@lewisheriz @skwigly Sound does bring it to life.
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