If you’ve been to our Festival it’s no secret that we LOVE animation. So for 2022 we’ve decided to spread the love throughout the year and put on monthly events!

Join us for the first event tomorrow for MAF Presents: The Love Me… They Love Me Not! a screening of short films celebrating love, lust and indifference! You don’t have to be head over heels to enjoy the evening so feel free to bring a date or bring your mates as we launch our year round programme. We will also be hosting a live version of ‘What’s the Buzz’ so you can keep up to date with what is happening and who is hiring in the Manchester area.This event will take place at Chapeltown Picture House, which is part of the award winning street food venue GRUB.

MAF 2021 limited edition pin designed by the immensely talented Matthew Lee. The pin features our very own mad scientist and MAF bee from this year’s ident, immortalised in enamel form.

The 2020 limited edition badges were designed by Hammo, and 2019 design by Frida Ramirez. We only have a few of these older editions left in stock, so make sure you get yours before they’re gone forever!


Our regular roundup of animation related happenings in the animation community in the run up to the festival. Here is an event that might interest the animation aficionados amongst you.

This time, we’ll introduce FLEE (15)

Winner of our Feature Film Award for 2021 FLEE is now available to see on the big screen once more at HOME, so if you missed the film as part of MAF, or if you want to see it again, now is the perfect chance.

FLEE tells an unforgettable story of Amin, a high achieving academic who is struggling to come to terms with his past as a child refugee from Afghanistan. A remarkable tale of self-discovery. Showing how only by confronting the past is it possible to carve out a future, and the universal truth that only when you stop fleeing from who you are can you find the true meaning of home.


Catch Festival Director Steve Henderson discussing FLEE on the HOME Film Podcast here


The Ray Harryhausen Awards

Call for Entries now open.

The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation have announced a brand new film awards programme, established in honour of the legendary master of stop-motion animation. Now accepting entries under the following categories before the deadline of April 15th 2022:


Best Feature Film Animation

Best Short Film Animation

Best Student Film Animation

Best Commercial Film Animation

Best Online Film Animation

Best Television Animation

Harryhausen Hall of Fame Award

The first awards will be held on June 29th, 2022, with a screening event to follow at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.


Details of how to enter can be found at


Source: MAFF

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