Manchester Animation Festival 2016 (Day 1)

Last week I was a volunteer photographer for the Manchester Animation Festival 2016, it was a great experience I met so many lovely people and saw some weird and wonderful short films. The itinerary for day one featured highlights such as a masterclass about the film Phantom Boy, a life drawing class and a conversation/award ceremony for Aardman Animation.

Above are some of the photos I took for the festival of day one.

I was also able to see a programme called “Student Films 1”, my personal highlights of this were Fishwitch, a fantastic stop-motion short directed by Adrienne DowlingTough an interesting look at familial cultural differences by Jennifer Zheng.

I will be posting a selection from Day 2 and 3 later this week!

You can keep up with the festival itself on Facebook and Twitter.

The Film London Jarman Award 2014

The Jarman Award shortlist is currently touring the UK before the winner is announced in December. It is named after film artist, Derek Jarman who died in 1994. This is the 7th year of the award which is given to the best contemporary film artist of the year.


The screening of the nominees was accompanied by a short Q&A with film artist Redmond Entwistle whose film Walk-Through about the California Institute of the Arts was shown.  He explained during the Q&A that the film was about the comodification of education and was semi-autobiographical having attended the university himself in the past. Overall there were 10 films shown, 2 of which were only excerpts including the widely talked about 20,000 Days on Earth the fictitious documentary about Nick Cave by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

My favourite of the films screened was Peripeteia  by John Akomfrah. The film took two drawings by an artist called Albrecht Durer which are among the earliest western representations of black people. The film imagines these people in a ghostly way explaining how they are now “lost to the winds of history”.

Whilst a few of the films were not to my taste, everything was interesting, original and experimental. It was a great example of contemporary artist filmmaking and I am looking forward to see which film wins.