Can I first of all say a big thank you to everyone who came to Flip Festival 2009, I really hope you all enjoyed the weekend as much as we did! We’re still recovering, but I’m not sure if that was from the festival itself or the *ahem* after party festivities!

Anyway you don’t really want to hear me banging on about our hangovers so without further ado here are this years winners!

Open Shorts

Sponsored by Toon Boom, Stop Motion Pro and Clare Kitson who donated her book “British Animation: The channel 4 factor”
Judges were Sarah Cox, Stuart Messinger and Greg McLeod

Best UK film: Black Dog’s Progress by Steve Irwin
Best international film:
The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9 by Jake Armstrong, USA
Best Experimental film:
Play of Silence by Virginia Mori
Best Stop Motion:
Deadline by Bang Yao Liu
Best newcomer:
Rabbit Punch by Kristian Andrews
Special Jury mention for:
Man Up by Ed Barrett
Best of Festival:
Kudan by Taku Kimura

Various prizes were given out: a big thank you to Toon Boom who gave away a copy of Toon Boom Animate in the categories of Best Film and Best UK Film; a copy of Stop Motion Pro went to Deadline by Bang Yao Liu and best newcomer, Kristian Andrews, won Clare Kitson’s book, “British Animation: The channel 4 factor”.

Student Films

Sponsored by Toon Boom
Judged by Chris Randall, Dominic Osborne and Andy guest

The overall winner was Vegetable Panic by Chris Warren from Wolverhampton University.

He received a Toon Boom studio software package a goody bag from Brother’s McLeod, badges, DVD and Books

The runners up were:

Heistlands by Natasha Deighton
Tuk, Tuk by Paul Barlow
Tito The Armadillo by Fraser Ntukula
May name is Tom by Dan Austin
Old Black Crow by Michael Eaton

They all walked away with a goody bag from Brother’s McLeod, badges, DVDs, & books.

Congratulations to all our winners, the competition for all categories across the festival was tough, I’m glad I wasn’t the one have to do the judging as I wouldn’t have know where to start!!

Here’s looking forward to Flip 2010!

Steph xx


Flip as landed….

Opening night tomorrow, We look forward to seeing you all here over the next 3 days!!

Fancy doing a course in Traditional Animation?

Light House, the official home of Flip isn’t just a nice place to come when we’ve animation events on.  It’s not just the ONLY independent cinema in Wolverhampton and it’s not just a building with a lovely café that serves a decent cup of fairtrade coffee. It is also a thriving photography gallery with 3 exhibition spaces and a media training centre, who in our opinion offer some of the best Media training around.

This September they are offering three 10 week courses and one of them is :

Introduction to Traditional Animation, Cost £190 + VAT

girl-1Starting Monday 28th September, 6pm – 9pm, and running every Monday for 10 weeks. Animator and tutor Steve Poultney will focus on different aspects of traditional animation techniques e.g hand drawn, montage, Stop Motion and digital 2D techniques. The course will enable you to access specialist animation kit including computer software Toon Boom and animation tablets. Steve will also cover timing, movement and sound.

Even if you are more interested in digital 3D animation this course is a great starting point to pick up the basics and for anyone looking to learn a few animation techniques, even if you have had no experience what so ever!

They are also offering:

Introduction to Film Studies – The Essentials, Cost £100 + VAT

Start Tuesday 29th September, 6pm – 9pm, and runs every Tuesday for 10 weeks Led by Canadian born Film Studies Lecturer, Kimberly Forlini-Softley, Introduction to Film Studies – The Essentials explores the basic areas of film covering genre, narrative, the history of cinema, the basics of cinematography, editing, sound and mis en scene. This course will provide you with a good grounding in becoming more ‘film literate’ as well as offering the opportunity to discuss and debate film form.

Introduction to Video Production Techniques, Cost £190 + VAT

Starts Thursday 1st October, 6pm – 9pm, and runs every Thursday for 10 weeks Delivered by our in-house Video Production tutor, Jon Turner, this course is ideal for those wanting to learn the basics of video production e.g. camera operation and functions, storyboarding, basic script development, sound recording, basic lighting techniques, post production and exploring the different roles within video production.

Even better if you are unemployed, a senior citizens or NUS members you will be eligible for a 10% concession, or if none of these apply but 2 or more courses are booked together then they will give you a 10% discount on both courses.

All 3 courses are open to beginners with no prior knowledge required but an appreciation and interest in the subjects will be a bonus.

The World of Arthur Cox

Flip is delighting to be able to welcome director and producer Sarah Cox, from the award winning ArthurCox studio into our programme.

Originally started by Sally Arthur and Sarah Cox in 2002, the Bristol based studio has since grown in size and diversity and has become a home to many other award winning directors and animators, including: Matthew Walker,  ‘John and Karen’ (Cartoon d’Or nominee 08); Sally Arthur, ‘A-Z’ (Best Documentary Rushes festival 08); Felix Massie  ‘Keith Reynolds Can’t Make it Tonight’; Mark Simon Hewis, ‘The Life Size Zoetrope’ and Fig Roll, ‘Little Face’.

Flip will launch with a screening of work by the studio including short films, broadcast and commercial work, followed by an ‘in conversation’ discussion chaired by Greg McLeod, from the Brother’s McLeod.

Too late for Flip….

… but worth a look:

A Record Of Life from Owen Gatley on Vimeo.


Out of Hours: Animation

Out of Hours: Animation

21 July, 7 – 10.30pm

Admission Free

This evening we are presenting an exciting infusion of animation treats:beginning at 7pm with the very best of Flip 2008, featuring winners from last year’s festival, including Skhizein, which has just notched up its 50th festival award. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with stop motion Animator Linda McCarthy from Tiny Elephants, whose films have been selected for a number of high profile festivals, including Annecy Melbourne and Edinburgh.

Image from Small Birds Singing by Linda McCarthy

Best of Flip 2008

Image from Muto by Blu

Best of Flip 2008

Following this, the results of The Great Animation Challenge will be announced and the winning films screened in the courtyard area. Animation Forum WM, Flip and Imagine Magazine have teamed up for The Great Animation Challenge, a competition which gives animators tracks from several up and coming bands to download and animate to. The evening will continue with drinks and networking.

Image from Fax of Death by Joe Lea

The Great Animation Challenge

Image from Underwater Fax of Death by Sam Moore

The Great Animation Challenge

Light House has been supported to develop its media and film education activity and establish itself as an Education Hub through Screen WM’s Investment Fund with funds from The National Lottery through the UK Film Council.

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Still working hard…

Wow, there’s a lot to learn about Flip, and animation in general. I thought I had a good idea of what it was all about, but I’m quickly discovering how wrong one person can be. So while I’m still trawling through the deluge of information Peter has provided for me to come up to speed I thought I’d share another animation that has caught my eye.

I would love to know just how many post it notes he used doing this!

…I promise all my posts wont be stop animation, although it’s one of my favourite forms of animation, I’m sure if they were you’d all get bored pretty soon!

Steph x