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.



and the winner is…

congratulations to Joe Lea, winner of this year’s Great Animation Challenge. Norman McLaren meets Space Invaders as one of the judges described it.

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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The Great Animation Challenge


The Great Animation Challenge closed on monday and I’m relieved to say we had some submissions. Not as many as I’d hoped for, well lets say 12. But nevermind it’s not the size of your competition that matters but the quality. And there are some pretty nice looking animations in there. See for yourself. Oh, and do come along to the Great Animation Festival screening on the 21 July, meet lots of animators (and some normal people) and see some great films.