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Lights, camera, animation at London's Barbican


Lights, camera, animation at London's Barbican

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London’s annual International Animation Festival is underway with 288 films being shown at the Barbican arts centre and the Horse Hospital until September 4.

The films range from the funny to the serious and everything in between; the festival also features live events with animators as well as workshops.

Festival director Nag Vladermersky said: “This year in particular we have got a look at cut-out animation, which has a rich history in many eastern European countries, so we are screening a lot of classic Russian and Czech cut-out film as well as a lot of contemporary cut-out film. We have also got a lot of abstract and high end digital work, so every different type of animation.’‘

One of the highlights is the world premiere of Phil Mulloy’s new film ‘Dead but not Buried’.

Mulloy sees festivals such as this as oxygen for animators: “It’s the only film festival, animation festival that shows work in London, so for me it’s fantastic. Before it started there wasn’t anything in London. So you’d go round the world showing your films and you wouldn’t have a venue here. And the kind of films I make don’t go out in the Odeon (mainstream cinema venues). So festivals are really important, it’s a kind of alternative distribution network.’‘

Other festival highlights include a family screening event, the best of New York and Poland, and animation in music videos.

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