There’s a rock ‘n’ roll flavour to this year’s Bradford Animation Festival, with a focus on music videos and sound design.

The UK’s longest-running animation festival returns to the National Media Museum in November. Events include a retrospective of the work of cutting-edge director Jonas Odell, who has made videos for rock bands U2, Franz Ferdinand, Erasure and Goldfrapp.

Winning the BAF Lifetime Achievement Award is Tony Fish, esteemed editor of many of the films by Bob Godfrey – the man behind children’s classic Rhubarb and Custard – and Oscar-winning animation Peter and the Wolf. He has also worked with Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and Dire Straits.

There are two headline guests from LAIKA Inc, an American animation company specialising in feature films, commercials, music videos, broadcast series, interactive content, broadcast graphics and short films.

Attending the festival are Claire Jennings, producer of hit 2009 animation film Coraline and now president of entertainment at LAIKA, and Brian van-t Hul, visual effects supervisor on Coraline. Miss Jennings – who has worked on Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit and was executive producer of children’s TV series Pingu – will introduce a screening of Coraline and take part in a question and answer session about the film. There will also be a screening of her Oscar-nominated and Bafta-winning shorts The Canterbury Tales and Jolly Roger.

Mr van-t Hul will be delivering a session about 3D animation and the 3D effects used on Coraline. He will bring along some of the puppets used in the film.

Other guests include Priit Pärn, Estonian animator, illustrator and caricaturist, and Joanna Quinn, one of the UK’s leading animators. The first-ever gallery retrospective of her work, Drawings that Move, is at the museum from Friday October 16 to February 21.

There will be screenings of new releases Up and Fantastic Mr Fox, and a rarely-seen archive print of Sen noci svatojanské (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) made by Jirí Trnka, dubbed the ‘Walt Disney of the East’, featuring the voice of Richard Burton.

Festival director Deb Singleton said: “We are delighted to welcome such a fantastic selection of guests and are thrilled to present such a diverse programme, showcasing the best in animation from around the world.”

Stop-frame animation veteran Barry Purves, who has worked on Postman Pat, Chorlton and the Wheelies and Peter Jackson’s movie King Kong, will host the BAF Awards, featuring more than 60 films.

BAF Game ’09, the festival’s splinter strand, explores the connections between video games, animation and film. Run by the National Media Museum in partnership with the University of Bradford and Screen Yorkshire’s Game Republic, it features industry experts including Ian Livingston, the man behind Dungeons and Dragons and global franchise Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Tara Saunders, lead animator at Sony London Studios, will talk about developing EyePet for Playstation 3, a virtual pet predicted to be this year’s must-have Christmas present. There’ll be a live performance from acclaimed chip tune musician Pixelh8/Matthew C Applegate who makes music from re-programming vintage computer systems such as Game Boy.

Also attending are Sarah Quick from Yorkshire-based games studio Tuna Technologies – showing how she made models for the soon-to-be-released Cletus Clay interactive adventure – and Charles Cecil, founder of Revolution Software.

Big Screen Gaming provides the opportunity to play the latest games on a cinema screen, with high-definition images and surround sound.

Tom Woolley, director of BAF Game said: “BAF Game continues to go from strength to strength, attracting key speakers revealing the stories and challenges behind the games we play today. I’m particularly excited about the Pixelh8 performance in the Pictureville Cinema, a fantastic venue for this live event.”

Bradford Animation Festival runs at the National Media Museum from November 11 to 14. BAF Game runs on November 10 and 11. Tickets are available on 0870 7010200 or visit


Tuesday, November 10


10am - BAF Game

11am - Amanita Design, Machinarium

Noon - Tara Saunders, Sony EyePet

2pm - Chris Swan, 1UP, Blitz

3pm - Games Republic student showcase

4.20pm - Peter Molyneux, Lionhead

5.45pm - BAF preview screening

7.30pm - Pixelh8

9.30pm - Big Screen Gaming

Museum foyer:

10am - BAF Game delegate registration

7pm - Opening night reception

Wednesday, November 11


2pm - Priit Parn retrospective

6pm - Animation and Marshall Plan

8pm - Opening night screening: Mary and Max

Cubby Broccoli:

11am - Panorama 1

12.30pm - Panorama 2

2pm - Panorama 3

3.30pm - Animated Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night’s Dream screening

Thursday, November 12


2pm - Coraline 3D and introduction from Claire Jennings

4pm - Claire Jennings and Making of Coraline

5.30pm - Music video panel

8pm - Priit Parn retrospective

Cubby Broccoli:

4.30pm - Animated Yorkshire screening

Friday, November 13


Noon - Mette Peters: Dutch retrospective

2pm - Priit Parn in conversation with Chris Robinson

4.30pm - Joanna Quinn favourite films

6.30pm - Jonas Odell retrospective

8.30pm - Screening of Up

Cubby Broccoli:

10.30am - Panorama 1

1.30pm - Panorama 2

4.30pm - Panorama 3

8pm - Screening of Fantastic Mr Fox

Saturday, November 14


11am - Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Tony Fish

1pm - Brian van-t Hul from LAIKA Inc on 3D animation and Coraline

3.30pm - Pat Raine Webb’s favourite films

5.30pm - Mette Peters: Dutch retrospective

7.30pm - BAF Awards ceremony

10pm - Closing night party at Midland Hotel

Cubby Broccoli:

10.30am - ASIFA screening

Noon - Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death

1pm - Screening of Brendan and the Secret of Kells

3pm - Films by Young Animators and Films for Children

5pm - Screening of Fantastic Mr Fox


Events on Tuesday, November 10, take place in Pictureville and events on Wednesday, November 11, take place at the University of Bradford.

Tuesday, November 10

11am - Amanita Design, Machinarium

Noon - Tara Saunders, Sony EyePet

2pm - Chris Swan, 1>UP, Blitz

3pm - Game Republic Student Showcase

4.20pm - Ian Livingstone, Eidos

5.45pm - BAF Preview Screening

7.30pm - Pixelh8

9.30pm - Big Screen Gaming

Wednesday, November 11

10.30am - Tuna Tech Model Making Workshop AZ1

11am - Stuart Varrall, Fluid Pixel Studios

11.50am - Broken Sword: TDC - Charles Cecil, Aron Durkin, Ravi Govind

1.30pm - Wil Overton, Rare

2.15pm - Erik Svedang, Blueberry Garden

3.20pm - Neil Thompson, Bizarre Creations

4.20pm - Start your own games studio: discussion panel

8pm - Official Selection: Student Films