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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Encounters Film Festival

Hinterland screened in Animated Worlds at Bristol Encounters on Wednesday November 16 and Friday 18th.

Once again this was a very enjoyable festival.

My highlights included:

John Kricfalusi talking about his work, in particular  “Ren & Stimpy”.

Shorts2Feature – Director Carol Morley and Producer Cairo Cannon talked about their two new features Edge and Dreams of a Life.

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Cucalorus Film Festival

The Grand Easter Egg Hunt was an official selection for the 17th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, Nov 10-13 in Wilmington, NC

If I hadn’t been at BAF, I might have gone to this festival. They were very keen for film makers to attend and were even  giving  funds for travel.

Still image from the film The Great Easter Egg Hunt

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Bradford Animation Festival -8-12th November

Linda and Steve in foyer of National Media Museum. All the yellow posters with Steven’s drawings looked fabulous and behind us our festival Ident and other shorts screened on a continuous loop. Also live Twitter and photo feed screens.

Very nice to see the Ident on such a massive screen. To maintain quality, we supplied 4 GB version of the 45 sec film  to BAF.

Hinterland screened in Panorama 2 on Wednesday and Friday.
Details of all the Shorts which screened at BAF can be seen on

Steven signs his new book, The Coffee Table Book of Doom alongside the miniature puppet of himself made by Linda McCarthy.

BAF was excellent, as usual, with many interesting programmes.
Steve Henderson captured a couple of these highlights in his
informative and entertaining articles in Skwigley Magazine.

Kath Shackleton from Animated Yorkshire
invited me to take part in the Tenacity and Talent Networking Event
alongside five other animators – Tim Searle, Mole Hill, David Bunting,
Matt Howarth and Rob Millington. This event is summarized
in Kath’s blog

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October 2011

Hinterland’s other festivals in October which I couldn’t attend were

Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival – Oct 21-23rd

Flip International Animation Festival – 28-30th Oct

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Raindance Film Festival

26th September-7thOctober

Hinterland Screened in Shorts Programme 3: Animated Displays.
A good excuse for another visit to London. Played to a packed audience  at  The Apollo, Picadilly.

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London International Animation Festival

26th August-4th September 2011

Hinterland Screened in the British Showcase.

I always enjoy attending LIAF, but unfortunately could only manage
an overnight visit to attend the British Panorama.  The Barbican was this year’s venue.

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