About

Manchester Animation Festival is the UK’s largest Animation Festival dedicated celebration of the animated art form.

Hosted at HOME in Manchester, the festival brings one of the UK’s biggest animation hubs together and invites the international community to join us to delight in all things animated.

Animation is everywhere, from the smallest smart phone screen to the largest cinematic projection. Manchester Animation Festival unites artists, practitioners, students and enthusiasts and all those in between to savour the many and varied achievements of the animated form.

If you’re an animation insider or just want to see something unique, you don’t have to be an animation boffin to join us for animated short competitions, feature films, retrospective screenings, workshops, networking events, panel discussions, masterclasses and screen talks from the industry’s finest over three packed days.

The Festival Team

Festival Director
Steve Henderson
As well as being the Director of Manchester Animation Festival, Steve is also the editor and co-owner of skwigly.com, the UK’s biggest online animation magazine and community. When he isn’t doing this, he is a lecturer in Animation at Leeds College of Art and Manchester Metropolitan University. Steve has just completed a PhD in Animation at Loughborough University.
e: steve@manchesteranimationfestival.co.uk

Festival Producer
Jen Hall
Jen is the producer of Manchester Animation Festival. Before setting up and running MAF, she worked for the Bradford Animation Festival (BAF) for 7 years.  She is also the Film Programme Producer at HOME, Manchester’s independent cinema and arts venue.
e: jen@manchesteranimationfestival.co.uk

Festival Producer
Bill Lawrence
Bill Lawrence is the CEO of Reel Solutions and founder of the now closed Bradford Animation Festival (BAF) and the Bradford Film Festival (BIFF)
e: bill@manchesteranimationfestival.co.uk