QUAD to host ‘AniJam UK’ animation competition heats in August

01 August 2018
Animators across the UK including Derby are being invited to take part in the first ever nationwide 48-hour animation challenge. With regional heats in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, a public vote and exclusive prizes up for grabs, AniJam UK aims to inspire and showcase new work from emerging and established talent.

The series of AniJams takes inspiration from previous events delivered in the South West of England since 2012 by WONKY and Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.  This year they will extend nationally as part of Anim18 – a celebration of British animation taking place across the UK, led by Film Hub Wales and Chapter (Cardiff), with the BFI Film Audience Network and a wealth of project partners. 
The regional heats taking place include QUAD, Derby on 10th to 12th August. Teams can be made up of 2 to 5 people, aged eighteen and above are invited to come and create an original film based on a secret theme. The short films can be in any style of animation and from 15 to 90 seconds in length. There’s no charge for participants to take part. To register a team, please go to: www.anijam.co.uk
Up to three films will be selected from each regional heat to form a shortlist eligible for final awards.  The shortlist will be screened at a range of venues including Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in September, and Manchester Animation Festival in November, and the competition will be opened up to a public vote.
As well as the Public Choice Award, there will be a Grand Prix selected by a panel of industry experts, including representatives from key UK film and animation festivals, studios and organisations such as BAFTA Cymru and the BFI.  Prizes include bespoke trophies created by Animation Toolkit, delegate tickets to key UK festivals, and distribution by ShortsTV – ‘the global home of short movies’.
The AniJams form part of the wider Anim18 programme, which runs until November. This explores the history of British animation, from early techniques to modern technologies such as gaming and VR.  As well as AniJams, audiences will have the opportunity to see newly remastered films from the BFI National Archive’s unique animation collection and get involved in additional pop-up activities such as GameJams and VR exhibitions. They will even be able to smell their way through Scratch n Sniff screenings of Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, experience live musical soundtracks, and singalong to 50th anniversary screenings of Yellow Submarine.
Anim18 is supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, by Arts Council England and the British Council. The initiative aims to generate renewed interest in British animation, bring classic titles back to the big screen, and support innovation and experimentation by UK animators. The programme complements BFI Animation 2018, a year-round celebration of animation.
Hana Lewis of Film Hub Wales says; “We are thrilled that an eclectic range of UK exhibitors, from venues to film festivals, are coming together to develop new animations during Anim18, merging film watching, making and understanding as part of one celebratory programme.”
Vicky Brophy of WONKY states; “WONKY are really excited to see AniJam go national thanks to the nine brilliant regional partners taking part this year.  We’re very much looking forward to seeing how this year’s theme is interpreted and how the films vary across the UK.  Following what will be such an animation-packed summer, we can’t wait to watch the final AniJam UK selection on the big screen!”
Ben Luxford, Head of UK-wide Audiences for the BFI, says; “AniJam is a fun and creative project that brings together animation filmmaking talent with industry experts, festivals and audiences through the BFI Film Audience Network.”
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said; “Arts Council England is very pleased to support Anim18 and the AniJam project which will allow established and emerging talent to create new and innovative work. It’s a great opportunity for the public to have their say, voting for the best ideas, as well as audiences across the country and online experiencing animation and the visual arts in new ways. It is funded by the National Lottery, which is your money being invested back into your project and we want as many people as possible to share in its benefits.”

More details at https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/events/anijam-uk.aspx or www.anim18.co.uk/anijamuk