Stuttgart Animation Festival

Linda and Steve at Stuttgart FMX


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Bradford Animation Festival

A highlight of the year, this festival lived up to expectations.  There was an emphasis on stop-motion animation with a lifetime achievement award going to Mackinnon & Saunders, Barry Purves excellent interview with Adam Elliot and  Nightmare before Christmas the opening film.



Pipkin screened in Welsh, with English subtitles, in the Commercials and music video category.

Pipkin at BAF


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Aesthetica Short Film Festival

This was my first attendance at Aesthetica.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience  exploring York and attending all the various screening venues.  Slightly frustrating as there was a large number of films screening and many other events all running concurrently so had to be very selective.

Mother’s Song screened in Music Videos category in three venues over the three days of the festival and Pipkin screened in ‘family friendly animation’ category.

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Pipkin Premieres at Green Man Festival

Sadly I couldn’t be at Green Man Festival, but Pamela was there and said it was fantastic to see Pipkin screening on both sides of the main stage and in the film tent.  Pamela captured the moment below:

In the Woods Festival  – 31st August

Whirligig Cinema curated a programme of nature-themed shorts, Au Naturel, which included Pipkin, for this exclusive little one day festival which has a secret woodland location in South East England. As tickets were all sold out, we couldn’t be there so can’t report back on this one.

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Mother’s Song 2012

Mother’s Song was finally finished at the end of June after a year in the making.  What a joy to bring to life this powerful and disturbing story by The Long Dead Sevens .

So far the film has  been screened at a number of film festivals.  It premiered at Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival in October 2012.  Then screened at Cinanima in Portugal followed by Underwire Film Festival both in November.

Underwire  Festival celebrates shorts which have a woman film maker in a leading role in the crew. Mother’s Song was placed in the Editing Programme  ‘In the Cut’. The winner of this category was a beautiful film documenting the journey of recycled clothes accross India ‘Unravel’ by Prano Bailey-Bond

In February 2013,  Mother’s Song went to Animated Exeter Always enjoyable…a beautiful city and lots of friends to see. In March the film was shortlisted in the Animation category of  Stoke Your Fires Film Festival and in April Mother’s Song travels to Corfu to screen at Be There – Corfu Animation Festival

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Golden Kuker – Sofia International Animation Festival

“Special award “Proiko Proikov” for best animated eco film – HINTERLAND (LINDA MCCARTHY, UK)
The Special award “Proyko Proykov” for best animated eco film award goes to the Britsh director Linda McCarthy for her film HINTERLAND for its original humour and striking character design.”

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AniFest, Teplice, CZ

This was such a beautiful city.  And the festival was good too.

Very friendly and hospitable and a great line up of speakers, including Barry Purves and Ian Mackinnon

A Traditional Christmas at Small Birds Singing was screening as part of a British Puppet Panorama, curated by Paul Wells.

Puppets made by Mackinnon & Saunders

There was also wonderful exhibition of Jiri Trinka’s puppets and storyboards in the local museum.

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Animated Exeter 11- 19 February 2012

Excellent festival as always

Highlight was a workshop with Wendy Froud

and of course watching Hinterland screening.

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In January, Hinterland travelled to Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, to take part in the Greenflicks strand of Flickerfest International Short Film Festival Here’s the programme of films it was screening with:

It was subsequently invited by Gus Berger of Red Hot Shorts in Melbourne

to take part in a special screening of environmentally focussed short films as part of the Sustainable Living Festival (at Ceres Arts Park).

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Anchorage International Film Festival

Hinterland had four screenings at Anchorage Film Festival in early December. I would love to see the Northern Lights!

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