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.


Next AFWM Event: Shorts on Screens! 30/9/09

img982284Shorts-on-Screens-logoWednesday, 30th September 2009, 6.30pm
The Victoria ,

48 John Bright Street,
Birmingham, B1 1BN

Shorts on Screens is the latest chance for Animation Forum WM members to mingle, share an after-work drink and share their animation from 6.30pm on Wednesday 30th September at The Victoria, Birmingham .

Rather than submit animated shorts in advance for a sit-down screening, simply bring along a mobile phone, mp3 player or laptop pre-loaded with your best animated work, and share it with fellow animators over a drink.

Animated work can mean short films, commercial work, experiments, showreels; anything you think would be of interest to others AFWM members. If you don’t have such snazzy mobile technology, simply bring along a USB stick or DVD and play it on one of the many laptops we’ll have setup around the room. If you decide to do the latter, please ensure that you bring the animation as a rendered (compressed) video (e.g. avi, mov, flv , etc), not as an enormous uncompressed video file or with a rare and unusual codec, as these are unlikely to work. Don’t have anything to show? Then feel free just to turn up and chew the fat with AFWM members, be they animators, scriptwriters, producers or voice-actors, you never know what might happen.

Entry is free and to attend simply RSVP using the Facebook Event page or to

Shorts on Screens will take place in the upstairs room of The Victoria (where Shorts on Walls @ Flatpack was held last March ). Directions can be found on Google Maps.

Flip @ Artsfest

This weekend is Birmingham’s annual festival of all things creative Artsfest, and along with thousands of others the father of Flip himself Peter, shall be in attendance.

Not only will Peter be going to spread the word of Flip far and wide to anyone that will listen, he is also part of the programme!

Should you wish to hear Peter speak and catch a round up of last years Flip submissions you can see him Saturday at 12 in Ron Barber Studio at The Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street (Click for HERE for map)

There is a futher screening on the Sunday which unfortunatley contrary to the Artsfests published guide Peter can not attend.

Saturday, 12.00PM
Broad Street, Brindleyplace & Cambridge Street The Crescent Theatre – Ron Barber Studio

Flip Presents. Flip Animation Festival is now in its sixth year and the quality of films just seems to get better and better. Here are some of the best. Look out for more from Flip on Sunday afternoon too. Terrafarmer (Dir. Will Adams); This Way Up (Dir. Smith & Foulkes); Alien Abduction (Dir. David Han); KJFG NO.5 (Dir. Alexei Alexeev); Muto (Dir. Blu) – Lost Cargo (Dir. Pieter Engles); Showcasing WeVee – Personal reflections on the region’s archive film edited to music.

Sunday, 12.45PM
Broad Street, Brindleyplace & Cambridge Street The Crescent Theatre – Ron Barber Studio

Flip Presents… Bertha & Bruno (Dir. Michael Rokes) – Love Story (Dir. Lena Von Dohren) – Monster Movie (Dir. Stephen Hammond) – Codswallop (The Brothers McLeod) – Small Bird Singing (Dir. Linda McCarthy) – One Nice Family Photo (Dir. Tom Senior) – Pencil Tree (Dir. Niki Naroz) – Wire and Bows (Dir. Andrew Brand) – The Weatherman (Dir. Will Becher) – Small Thoughts (Dir. James Clarke, Daniel Howe & Robert Green) – My First Crush (Dir. Julia Pott)

For a full round up of all Artfest events and to view their online programme visit their website


Flipping the Lid

This year’s Flip includes a mini invasion by me and brother Greg. Yes, Peter has let us (The Brothers McLeod) loose on putting together a programme of short animations for the festival. We’ve picked a bunch of animations that have inspired, interested, amused or shocked us in one way or another. It should be a very varied screening with practically no common thread between the films other than we like them and hope they’ll inspire you too.

Thanks go to Holly who’s actually doing all the leg work finding out whether the films are available and requesting them for the festival.

I don’t think we’ve selected anything by any local filmmakers (that could be a whole other programme!), but I do hope they will be well represented. While in Annecy, local animator Sarra Hornby showed me her latest award winning animation on her iPhone. And now I’m showing it to you! Enjoy.

String Feary from Sarra Hornby on Vimeo.

Flip Branding

It’s that time of year again, when we’ve been thinking about what Flip 09 branding will look like.

Usually this side of things is a result of a bit of planning and lots of luck. In the past we have seen images and art work from actual films or animators that we like and have adapted it for flyers, web banners, etc. You can imagine that process, not something you can actually plan for.

This year I’ve been a bit more proactive in terms of looking for animators and artwork and I came up trumps with A Man and Ink, who first caught my eye because they had already branded a film festival. Anyway, those goodfellas at A Man and Ink have been working on some artwork, which we’ve been drooling over here at Flip HQ for the past couple of weeks now. On top of that though, we’ve ‘discovered’ a fantastic designer, Rob Hildreth, who put the artwork together and Flip 09 promises, if nothing else, to produce some great flyers, T shirts and badges….Watch this space…

…all will be revealed on Monday 6 July.

Thanks Everyone!

The Flip team would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who came to the festival last weekend. As you will agree the festival programme was especially fantastic this year. The highlights for me were the launch at TIC where we heard from Camilla Deakin about the new animation content site 4mations and had a lively discussion from the digital movers and shakers from the region.

dsc03316Osbert Parker & Sam Moore

Osbert Parker, interviewed by Sam Moore was a real treat, he was extremely charismatic and inspirational. To see his films ‘Film Noir’ and ‘Yours Truly’ on the big screen was very special. For those of you who didn’t manage to make it to that screening, you missed out but here is an extract from ‘Yours Truly’ on YouTube.

dsc03323The Doctor Who Panel

Flip 08 ended with a party hosted by Colour (read Matthew’s write up) which was a perfect end to the festival weekend with live music from Epic45 and Limechalks, homemade cakes and visuals.


We have recorded a few short interviews with some of the speakers and filmmakers over the weekend and will be putting them up on the blog soon. If you have recorded any video or taken any photographs at the festival please get in touch, or put a link in the comments.

Many, Many thanks to all the people who make Flip possible and all of the partners and sponsors.

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.