The MAF 2022 programme is here!  Returning for our eighth year, MAF will again offer you a unique opportunity to engage with some of the best animation from around the world!

Returning in person for the first time in two years, we will showcase some of Manchester’s finest spaces, with sessions taking place across the city, from one of Britain’s best arts centres HOME cinema, to the University of Salford, Odeon Great Northern, Manchester Central Library and The International Anthony Burgess Foundation.

This year well over 100 events such as screenings, panels, workshops, masterclasses, Making Of and studio talks will take place during the festival from 13th-18th November 2022.


Headline events at the festival include previews of Guillermo Del Toro’s hugely anticipated stop motion feature Pinnochio & Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon plus a Making Of session which will take a deep dive into the Making Of Aardman’s new animated series Lloyd of The Flies, an exclusive behind the scenes look at hit Netflix animation series, Dead End: Paranormal Park with creator Hamish Steele and series producer Jen Coatsworth! We’ll also be joined by Funan director Denis Do who will talk us through his upcoming projects Sorya & The Forest of Miss Tang; and the visionary Anca Damian who will show us what went into her new feature The Island!

Collecting the Manchester Animation Festival Fellowship Award for 2022 are Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding of Lupus Films. Known for The Snowman and the Snowdog, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the company has created some of the world’s most beloved adaptations of illustrated classics, including a feature adaptation of Ethel & Ernest by Raymond Briggs. In a special session for MAF, they will tell the story of their incredible studio, look back on some of their favourite films, as well as give audiences a sneak preview of what is next for Lupus.

In a very special event celebrating 30 years of legendary studio Mackinnon & Saunders, Ian Mackinnon and Peter Saunders will give audiences an in depth look at some of their impressive array of works, including features Fantastic Mr. Fox, Corpse Bride and globally adored children’s series Postman Pat, Bob The Builder and Rastamouse; they will also be bringing some of their favourite puppets from over the years for a special meet and greet before the event.

MAF’s family day makes a welcome return for 2022 with a workshop from hugely popular children’s series Hey Duggee designer Ross Phillips. He will reveal the secrets behind creating beloved characters and teach children how to draw some of their favourite characters from the show, create their very own Squirrel Club member and earn a Character Workshop Badge. Annual favourites also return to family day including Short Films for Children, the BBC Boxset (featuring family favourites from CBeebies and CBBC) and taking place in person for the first time; the ceremony for the Young Animator of the Year UK awards!

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