Manchester Animation Fest Sets UK Premiere of ‘Calamity’, Industry Excellence Nominees

Manchester Animation Festival (MAF), the U.K.’s largest animation festival, has revealed the features and further events in their upcoming program, which includes the U.K. premiere of the hugely alluring hand-drawn biopic film Calamity, A Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary, followed by an exclusive Q&A with French animated filmmaker Rémi Chayé.

The festival runs November 15-30 as a digital format and tickets are available here.

Highlights in the newly announced schedule also include a Q&A with French artist and director Aurel (a.k.a. Aurélien Froment) on his award-winning directorial debut Josep, as well as Mock-Tales, comedy storytelling silliness with comedians Hal Branson and Matt Reed, where teams will be charged with writing and scribbling hilarious one-minute trailers for a fictitious feature in a fast paced and funny story jam.

BBC Children’s are also presenting a “blam-tastic” box set of family favorites from CBeebies and CBBC, featuring Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed, Shaun the Sheep, Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese, Scream Street, Teddles, Love Monster, Pablo, JoJo & Gran Gran and more.

Headline events already announced include an exclusive work-in-progress look at the forthcoming stop-motion animation film The Inventor, starring Stephen Fry and Daisy Ridley, with a Q&A from writer and director Jim Capobianco, the Academy Award nominated writer of Pixar hit Ratatouille. The live Passion Pictures Director Roundtable Q&A will allow viewers to get a glimpse at how the talent in this iconic studio creates its characters and engaging stories.

See the full schedule here.

The MAF Industry Excellence Award nominations have also been announced and winners will be declared during the MAF 2020 Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 26 at 20:00. MAF believes animation is for all and celebrates the people who work in animation behind the scenes, scriptwriting, storyboarding, designing and animating some of our favourite television programmes and commercial work.

The nominees are:


  • Phillip Warner for Hey Duggee
  • Catherine Salkeld for Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed!
  • Estrela Lourenco for My Little Pony “Pony Life”
  • Mick Harrison for Daisy & Ollie
  • Giulia Caruso & Francesco Cipolla for Rescue Bots Academy “Power Up and Energize”


  • Alex Collier for Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed! “Pranksy”
  • Evgenia Golubeva & Myles McLeod for Kit’n’Kate “The Tallest Tower”
  • Sophie Dutton for Hey Duggee “The Puzzle Badge”
  • Sam Morrison for Hey Duggee “The Tooth Brushing Badge”
  • Adam Redfern, Jon Foster and James Lamont for Paddington Christmas Special: The Lost Letter

Character Design

  • Ross Phillips for Hey Duggee
  • Golden Wolf for KFC: Good Luck on the 25th
  • Evgenia Golubeva for Mia’s Magic Playground
  • Neev Brennan for Pins and Nettie
  • Jardine Sage for Dog Loves Books

Character Animation

  • Federico Bernasconi for Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed!
  • Golden Wolf for Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • Delwyn Jude Remedios for Save Our Species
  • Quentin Haberham for The Clangers
  • Arianna Gheller for Every Time I Run


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