Colour Host Flip Festival Closing Party

Resident music promoters Colour will host this year’s Flip closing party, which will feature live music from regional artists, DJ sets, live visuals and homemade cakes.

Colour is a West Midlands-based promotions group founded in 2006. Their focus is to bring leftfield indie, electronica, folk and other mainstream-eschewing artists to the region through live music events and the music and culture blog

For more information on Colour and the artists playing at the party, click here.


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Ninja Theory

This is a terrible thing for a festival programmer to admit to, but I don’t know much about games and gaming. But the more I see of Ninja Theory, the more I want to.

When I first thought about inviting them to Flip it was purely on the basis of their visuals for Heavenly Sword. But the actual game is only part of the Heavenly Sword experience. Before it was released, Ninja Theory and Sony commissioned an animation series to act as a prequel to the game. This series of five films are beautiful pieces of work in their own right. I think they will be shown during the Ninja Theory session, but here’s a sneak preview.

Flip Festival Ident – The Brothers McLeod

Sita Sings the Blues – Fri 7 6.00 – 7.30pm

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920’s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as “The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.”

Directed, written, produced, designed and animated by Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues has already won 2 major awards this year at Annecy International Animation festival and Berlin International Festival, and this special Flip event is one of only two UK screenings this year.

Here is a great interview with the filmmakers from the Tribeca Film Festival:

Portfolio Reviews Call for Animators!

We are looking for six up-and-coming animators to present their showreel during this year’s festival. The session takes place on 7th November 2008 between 4.00 and 5.30pm, and will provide professional feedback on showreels in front of a live audience.

We’re inviting six brave animators to present their showreel to a panel of experts representing various sectors, including games, character animation, advertising, 2D and 3D animation.

If you’re interested in getting some professional feedback on your showreel, drop Flip a line with a brief CV, to

The Brother’s Mcleod – Still