Anim18: A Celebration of British Animation

Fri 3 Aug - Sun 2 Sept
Anim18: A Celebration of British Animation

This summer, we’re inviting animation lovers of all ages to join us for a very special season exploring the innovative, imaginative world of British (and Bristolian!) animation.

Our packed season includes nostalgia trips from the 1960s, a showcase of fresh animation and artist talent in Bristol today, and an opportunity to introduce a generation who’ve grown up on Peppa Pig and Sarah and Duck to even more great homegrown animated film and television on the big screen.

We kick off with new French comedy The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales and a Bristol special - in honour of the Gromit Unleashed 2 Trail we’re screening a trio of short film classics from Aardman, Bristol’s very own globally renowned animation studio.

We’re also very excited to be celebrating another award-winning Bristol based talent, Richard Williams whose inventiveness in animation (he convincingly combined 2D and 3D characters for a feature film for the first time) brought us Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Over the Bank Holiday, don't miss colourful 60s psychedelic cult classic Yellow Submarine. Now in its 50th anniversary year, fully restored and brought to you with a special sing along feature!

We are hosting free hands on creative workshops inspired by the films and we will provide all the materials and guidance. Families can come and join up animators and artists on Friday mornings - all you need to do is drop by before the film.

Head to the Café & Bar throughout the summer for children’s programme notes, colouring in, and activities. Online with the BFI Player, you can explore an animated portrait of Britain, watching short animated films for free. We’ll also be celebrating the power of super short filmmaking from the UK with 90 second films from our DepicT! archives playing before our main features.

Part of Anim18: A Celebration of British Animation. For activities and events across the UK see

Led by Film Hub Wales and Chapter (Cardiff) working with the BFI Film Audience Network and project partners, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

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Upcoming screenings & events in this Season

Big Bad Fox and Other Tales U (D)

Film Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

Until Tue 21 Aug

From the makers of Ernest and Celestine comes a new trio of joyful animations featuring some of the wisest cracking animals that you could ever hope to meet.

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Cartoon Illustration Workshop

Workshop Cartoon Illustration Workshop

Fri 17 Aug 10:00

To celebrate our special 30th anniversary screenings of Who Framed Roger Rabbit we invite cartoon fans of all ages to join us for a free hands on drawing workshop.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit PG

Film Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Fri 17 - Sun 19 Aug

This technically ground-breaking film is 30 years old and we’re inviting audiences of all ages to join us to celebrate Roger Rabbit.

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Aardman Triple Bill U

Film The Wrong Trousers

Mon 20 - Thu 23 Aug

A rare chance to see award-winning films A Grand Day Out (1989), The Wrong Trousers (1993) and A Close Shave (1995) back to back and on the cinema screen - thumb prints and all!

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Psychedelic Pattern Making Workshop

Workshop Psychedelic Pattern Making Workshop

Fri 24 Aug 10:00

Join us for a free hands on workshop for families as we get inspired by the imaginative psychedelic imagery and patterns of The Beatles’ movie Yellow Submarine.

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Yellow Submarine + Singalong U

Film Yellow Submarine + Singalong

Fri 24 - Mon 27 Aug

Music fans of all ages can enjoy this newly restored riotous ode to psychedelic music, fashion, art and animation – and with this special singalong version, each generation of the family can enjoy!

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Mary and The Witches Flower U (D)

Film Mary and The Witches Flower

Tue 28 - Thu 30 Aug

A magical anime - the first from Studio Ponoc, which is largely made up of ex-Studio Ghibli filmmakers - that will absolutely charm young and old alike.

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Sea Creatures Making Workshop

Workshop Mini Animation Making Workshop

Fri 31 Aug 10:00

To celebrate the breathtakingly illustrated Song of The Sea we’re inviting families to a morning of making mini stop motion animations at this free drop-in workshop.

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Song Of The Sea PG

Film Song Of The Sea

Fri 31 Aug - Sun 2 Sept

A gorgeous hand-drawn animation inspired by Celtic magic and folklore - this time inspired by the ancient Irish legend of the Selkies, magical beings who live as seals in the water and as humans on land.

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Previous screenings & events in this Season

Bring Your Own Animation Event

Event Bring Your Own Animation Event

Mon 6 Aug 19:30

This a free screening and networking event for adults interested in animation and design - an opportunity to bring and showcase your own work, get valuable feedback and get to know others in the industry.

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