Have your own Kudan…and Best of Flip!

Last year’s Flip ‘Best of Festival’ winner Kudan by Taku Kimura has posted a download on their website to allow you to have your very own paper Kudan. As well as a number of wallpapers to download for your computer, there is a paper template for your own Kudan which you can then cut out and keep! If you’re as bigger fan as we are of his short film then this is a great little thing to get!

A paper Kudan for you to cut out and keep!

In other news, the Best of Flip 2009 starts soon with the first showing on the 15th July at Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton. It will take place between 6:30 and 9:30.

The official text for the event states:

‘This evening’s event, run in conjunction with Animation Forum West Midlands, includes a packed programme. Beginning with a screening of the best of FLIP 2009, a 35 mins programme of award winning films from across the world. This is followed by a screening and talk from Light House Animator in Residence Drew Roper. Drew just finished his first commercial commission in between stints on The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Tim Burtons’ new Disney production. Drew will show his 3.5 min stop motion short and the sets and puppet will be on display. Finally, there will be the official launch of this year’s Great Animation Challenge, which is very much like last year’s but with an exciting twist – not to be missed. All this and networking and drinks supplied courtesy of Animation Forum West Midlands.’

To reserve a place for Best of Flip ’09 or to find out more information, contact info@light-house.co.uk

So we hope to see you there.



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 david.luke.allen@bcu.ac.uk.

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.

Grad’s On Walls Event

The next highly anticipated Animation Forum WM event, Grad’s on Walls, takes place in October, giving animators the chance to schmooze, screen and shout about all things animation with fellow animators over an after-work drink.

Hot on the heels of Shorts on Walls and Ad’s on Walls comes Grad’s on Walls (see what we did there?), an Animation Forum WM event tailored to showcasing the best animated work by recent(ish) animation graduates in the region.

Whether a graduate animator or not, this Animation Forum event will again provide ample opportunity for animators of all levels to meet, chat and share a drink with their peers after-work in a relaxed bar setting. To attend this free event, please RSVP to david.luke.allen@bcu.ac.uk.

Animators will each get to screen and – if they’re not too shy, introduce, their animation at Concrete Bar @ The Big Peg, The Jewellery Quarter (6.30pm).

Submissions for Grad’s on Walls can include short films, music videos, experimental and commercial pieces. The only requirement for submissions is that animators should either be based within the West Midlands, or have graduated from a University within the region. That said, the rules are not set in stone, and good quality student and hobbyist work will also be considered for screenings.

Please supply all work, ideally on DVD format to:

David Allen Animation Forum West Midlands, Units 2&3 Progress Works, Bromley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AN