Tim Burton’s acclaimed The Nightmare Before Christmas to launch Bradford Animation Festival (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Tim Burton’s acclaimed The Nightmare Before Christmas to launch Bradford Animation Festival
Bradford Animation Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, will open with a special gala screening of Tim Burton’s acclaimed The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The recipients of this year’s BAF Lifetime Achievement Award will be one of the world’s leading puppet and animation companies; Mackinnon and Saunders.
The company’s creativity and technical innovation includes Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr.Fox, Barry Purves’s award-winning short films, and popular children’s television, including Bob the Builder and Raa-Raa the Noisy Lion.
There will be a screentalk with the company’s founders, Ian Mackinnon and Peter Saunders, and the premiere of a documentary recounting their history and achievements.
Other guests already announced include Oscar-winning filmmaker Adam Elliot, comedian, writer and actor Adam Buxton, presenting an exclusive BAF edition of his film BUG, world renowned artist and filmmaker Dave McKean and leading contemporary female animator Michaela Pavlatova.
Festival director Deb Singleton said: “This year is going to be a really special edition of the Bradford Animation Festival.”
The UK’s longest-running animation festival features screentalks, retrospectives, workshops and a competition strand recognising the best in new animation from around the world. Bradford College returns as main sponsor for the eighth year.
Mike Bithell, developer of the critically-acclaimed indie platform game Thomas Was Alone, is the latest guest to be added for BAF Game. Other BAF Game guests include legendary designer and producer Warren Spector; Crystal Dynamics’ Brian Horton, who worked on Tomb Raider; and TT Games' Phil Gray.
Bradford Animation Festival runs from November 12-16 at the National Media Museum and the University of Bradford. For tickets or more information ring 0844 856 3797 or visit baf.org.uk.
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