Get Animated with Cornwall Film Festival

This year Cornwall Film Festival, along with the BFI and Falmouth Art Gallery, are getting animated.

Get Animated is Cornwall’s first programme celebrating the best of British animation over 11 months in multiple venues.  Tracing the stories in UK animation with an immersive experience showcasing a treasure trove of puppets, models, props, costumes, storyboards, scripts & artwork from Mackinnon Saunders, Studio AKA and Cosgrove Hall archive featuring classic such as Danger Mouse and vegetarian vampire duck Count Duckula.   Screenings from Aardman and classics such as Wind in the Willows. Animation activities  for the whole family + talks and Q&A’s  sessions with industry professionals. A Dark Side strand for Young People (16 – 30) with shorts and Corpse Bride (2005) and performances by the innovative Paper Circus. ‘Good Grief!’ It’s going to be outstanding!

Animation and Visual Effects are one the UK’s major contributions to the moving image industry, it’s creative talents recognised globally. The UK has also long held the reputation for generating some of the most challenging, thought provoking and often quirky animations. Leadership in advances in visual effects is also highly regarded.
Being able to share this rich melting pot of inventiveness with a wider audience is the overarching ambition that I have for an animation festival situated here in Cornwall. The festival will open doors and opportunities for young people to experience films they would never have encountered before, enriching their cultural lexicon. Similarly the festival will offer opportunities for people from all walks of life to be playful, to have a go and to experience animation for real through workshops and masterclasses with practitioners that are recognised as leaders in their field. With a diverse, entertaining, challenging and above all celebratory programme the festival will place animation and animated film-making at the centre of Cornwall’s creative heart.
With the support of the academic staff at the internationally renowned Animation & Visual Effects course at Falmouth University working in partnership with the team at Cornwall Film Festival the reality of this proposition is very real. The festival will reach out from Falmouth and across the region and beyond with a clear emphasis on building an enviable international reputation for excellence, it will bring people together through schools, communities and industry support and will showcase the very best of animation from across the globe.  – Andy Joule | Head of Animation & VFX | Falmouth School of Film and Television

Events throughout the Summer

This July we will be hosting a half-day (4hr) workshop. Join us for a comprehensive Introduction to Stop Motion film making and model design.

August will see us host a talk by Author, Grey Healey: Not in front of the Children – Hidden Histories in Kids TV.

Ivor the Engine, Mr Benn, Mary Mungo and Midge – children’s television animations that still capture the imagination, fifty years after they were first shown. For a little over a decade, from the end of the 1950s to the early 70s, the emergence of a new and exciting genre of children’s entertainment produced a host of much loved kids tv. Made during an important phase in Britain’s history, these creative and often unusual series shed their own light on the problems faced by the country, as it struggled to reinvent itself for the modern, post empire world. Not In Front of the Children looks at this period of national upheaval through the prism of these shows and discovers a unique perspective on key issues such as motorway schemes, slum clearances, education reforms and the emergence of teen culture. Take a trip back in time to the world of your childhood years with this quixotic look at the age that made modern Britain.

We’ll also be hosting another half-day (4hr) workshop in August: an Introduction to Digital Animation with School of Film & Television workshop.

More Upcoming Events



Live Events & Screenings

Paper cinema in partnership with The Poly Falmouth


Best of Shorts at CFF18 + industry link / specialization in partnership with Cultivator.

Ardman Early Man public screening with talk, (front loaded Heritage work 5-10mins)

Young People (16 – 30) The Dark Side screening and effects industry talk at SoFT

Mackinnon & Saunders Exhibition + Talk from Peter Saunders 

Education Programme

Coordinate Education Packs and schools link activity with INTO FILM

Workshops linked to activity

Programme / film notes



If you fancy yourself as the next master animator, or are just interested in the genre, watch this space for more details!