Today I found myself sat in the Cubby Broccoli cinema at the National Media Museum, where I was attending the 19th Bradford Animation Festival. Held every year at the National Media Museum, the festival runs for five days and provides its audiences with a vast and varied selection of events and screenings. Here I was, sat in this quaint and dignified cinema, about to watch a selection of short films, created and animated by students from all around the world. What an experience; what a prospect. I sat back and prepared to witness a diverse selection of creative work.
The Soulful Sketches of the Students.
Over an hour, nine films were screened and I couldn’t help but wish it was more. I was taken aback by the professionalism of the films. The heart and passion that filled the screen eventually moved me to tears. Here are my thoughts on the five animated stories that impressed, moved and charmed me the most:
Kuhina (Swarming) – 2011, Dir. Joni Männistö [Finland]
Bear Me – 2012, Dir. Kasia Wilks [Germany]
Nyosha – 2012, Dir. Liran Kapel [Israel]
El Castigo – 2012, Dir. Nelson Fernandes [Spain]
Carn – 2012, Dir. Jeffig Le Bars [France]
The combinations of horror, heart and humour that these films displayed created the most intense atmospheres throughout the screening. I applaud the programme’s variety and diversity. Not only did I get to see films with different themes, stories and characters, but I was able to discover and sample so many different types of animation technique. It was a wonderful reminder as to how much vision, originality, creativity, ambition and soul remains in the world of animation, even today. An area of film that is constantly re-inventing, developing and transforming; animation can bring out your inner child or your inner fears. It is hard to believe that today’s programme of stunning animated films were made by students. The care behind the work caused the superb quality of the work to be projected onto the screen for all to see. It is just a shame that more people weren’t there to witness this staggering showcase of animation, but then I realised, the films will be screened numerous times throughout the festival so take a look at the B.A.F Diary before you miss out. You will be dragged to the lowest points of human injustice before soaring up to the highest moments of childhood naivety. Bradford Animation Festival, I tip my hat. I look forward to returning to the festival later in the week.
Thanks for reading and let’s all keep supporting our beloved film industry.