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Canterbury Anifest 2021

Canterbury Anifest 2021

Canterbury Anifest 2021

Canterbury Anifest is an award-winning animation festival and the largest annual event of this kind in the South East. It’s a great community event that invites people of all ages to experience the magic of animation; allowing them to get involved with something out of the ordinary. With its range of workshops, masterclasses, talks and films, it has something for everyone. Anifest also caters for specialists and those in the industry, featuring national and international awards, and guest speakers from some of the biggest names in animation.

If you would like free passes to the animation talks and screenings listed below, please email

Saturday 27 February (Online Events)

10.30am: Studio AKA: How we stay Eclectic

Philip Hunt

In this talk, the multi-BAFTA and Emmy awarded Studio AKA present some of their most diverse works, ranging from the delightful and poignant film adaptation of Oliver Jeffers Here We Are: Notes For Living on Planet Earth for Apple TV+, to the desolate but beautiful animation sequences depicting events ‘where words would fail’ in Netflix’s Black Earth Rising. Alongside this will be a look at the ongoing adventures of a very big dog in Hey Duggee. All of this underlines the impossibility of categorising an idiosyncratic and innovative body of work, expressed across an eclectic range of projects.

Philip Hunt is a partner & creative director at Studio AKA – an award-winning animation studio based in London, known internationally for its innovative work across an eclectic range of projects.

11.30am: Ray Harryhausen: Preserving the legacy of a Titan

Connor Heaney

Legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen left an incredible archive of some 50,000 items from his iconic cinema career for future generations to learn from and enjoy. For his centenary year, the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation have conserved, repaired and restored some of his most iconic creations to be exhibited worldwide. Physical restoration, archival research and 3D scans have all been undertaken in efforts to illuminate Ray Harryhausen’s legacy for contemporary animators, filmmakers and fans. Collections manager Connor Heaney will share behind-the-scenes imagery of the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to preserve Ray’s collection, and their plans to share his incredible legacy worldwide over the coming decade.

1pm: Film Screenings and Awards

Find out who the winners are this year and watch some of the shortlisted films.

Awards for the 2021 Animation Short Film Competition include:

  • Best British Film
  • Best International Film
  • Best Local Film (London and the South East region)
  • Best Student Film
  • Best Art Design
  • Best Animation of character
  • Best Sound

2.30pm: Watership Down (1978): Tales from the Archive

Chris Pallant, Catherine Lester, Nigel Humberstone, Klive Humberstone  

A roundtable discussion featuring Watership Down expert Dr Catherine Lester, and brothers Klive and Nigel Humberstone, sons of Arthur Humberstone (1912-1999) who worked as a Senior Animator on the film in the late 1970s. Klive and Nigel will be sharing images from their family archive, which includes numerous pre-production documents created during their father’s work on Watership Down. The roundtable will be Chaired by Dr Chris Pallant.

3.30pm: Industrial Light & Magic ‘So you think you want to work in TV’

Terry Tsang, Anna Sanders, Sami Bal

Speakers from Industrial Light & Magic TV will take us through their career journeys, and how their paths led them to work within a TV division. They have a variety of roles at ILM, that will provide you with a flavour of what a role within TV may consist of.

Terry Tsang is a Lead Paint and Roto Artist for ILM’s TV division. He began his career in the industry as a runner at Envy Post in 2007. After five years working in a machine room, he began working as a compositor for commercials and other short form pieces. In 2015 he got his first taste of episodic work and enjoyed the fast-paced nature of it all. After a brief stint in film, Terry joined the team at DNEGTV in 2016 and within a year became the department’s roto paint supervisor. His credits include Altered CarbonChernobylBlack MirrorHanna and Doctor Who.

Anna Sanders – Junior Animator. Anna graduated from Bournemouth University, then studied with Animation Mentor and Aardman Academy. She worked at DNEG and ILM on shows such as Venom and The Mandalorian. Whilst working in film and TV she has animated some awesome creatures and characters; some big, some small, some cute, some ugly and some a bit of both!

Sami Bal – Production Assistant.