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Animation in focus at Edinburgh

Lucia Bulgheroni’s Inanimate

19th June 2018

At this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival – its 72nd edition – we are proud to continue the British Council’s support of the McLaren Award for Best British Animation.

Last year the Award, which is named after Scottish-born animation pioneer Norman McLaren and voted for by the Festival audience, went to Paloma Baeza’s Poles Apart, which went on to secure a BAFTA.

2018 is a big year for animation, with the BFI’s Animation 2018 season and Anim18, a UK-wide celebration of British animation led by Film Hub Wales and Chapter, Cardiff.

At EIFF, alongside the two McLaren Award programmes (playing on 27 and 28 June), there's a retrospective of previous McLaren Award recipient, animator Elizabeth Hobbs (27 June). Find out more about EIFF’s Animation in Focus strand here.

EIFF’s Industry Programme is also paying animation some attention with two blistering sessions on the afternoon of 27 June. We’re pleased to be supporting the British Animation on the International Stage panel, moderated by our own Gary Thomas, with producer Abigail Addison and animators Elizabeth Hobbs, Chris Shepherd, and Lucia Bulgheroni, director of Inanimate, one of seven shorts – and the only animated one – selected for Cannes this year. This is followed by Yes You Can... Making Animated Features with Europe?, a practical introduction to the challenges, and success stories, of co-production.

A limited number of free tickets for non-passholders are available for these industry sessions – register here.

Elsewhere at the Festival, several members of our Short Support Scheme will be participating in the EIFF Talent Lab, a forum that connects up-and-coming filmmakers with the world’s key film industry players. Producers Sorcha Bacon and Georgia Goggin, whom we supported to take their short films Wren Boys and We Love Moses to several festivals, will be there along with Tomisin Adepeju, director of The Right Choice, and Charlotte Regan, the writer-director of Fry-Up, whose films both screened at Sundance with our help.

The 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 20 June-1 July 2018.