Manchester Animation Festival will return from 10-14 November this year, with a brand-new-five-day format, yet again dedicated to celebrating animation in all its forms

This includes the Family Day at HOME on 10th, the academic conference which will be held at the Media City home of our higher education partner, the University of Salford, and the Animation Festival at HOME from 12-14th.

Now in our fifth year, we are proudly the largest animation festival in the UK, and our packed programme will once again feature animated short competitions, feature films, retrospective screenings, workshops, networking events, panel discussions, masterclasses and screen-talks from some of the brightest and best talent in the industry!

In honour of our 5th edition, we have commissioned artist Frida Ramirez, from MAF’s industry partner Brown Bag Films, to create a bespoke artwork to celebrate the Festival and of course all the incredible animation created in Manchester. Her work embodies the ambition at MAF’s heart to celebrate the talent in the city, and as an international festival, share it with the world.

Artist Frida Ramirez said:

Animation brought me to Manchester and Manchester brought me to good people, great friends, lovely sights and a lot of inspiration. I made this design as a tribute to a city that is so special that it deserves a huge celebration!

Manchester Animation Festival Director Steve Henderson continues:

When we launched our search for an artist to create artwork for the MAF poster we knew we wanted someone who had a unique view of Manchester to share with the world. In Frida we have found someone who sees Manchester through a vibrant, colourful lens and we couldn’t be more delighted to have her playful artwork lead the parade towards this year’s festival in November.

Manchester Animation Festival takes place from 10-14 November 2019. Family Day 10 Nov at HOME, Academic Conference 11 Nov at the University of Salford Media City campus and MAF 2019 returns to HOME 12, 13, 14 Nov.

Tickets for the festival and the full festival programme will be available in September.