Community & Support: Animation Salon

Maryam Mohajer's Grandad Was A Romantic (2019)

Has COVID-19 stopped you in the middle of your short animation production? Are your international festival plans up in the air? Are you feeling a bit dazed and confused? We’re giving an opportunity for UK-based shorts animators to get together and talk over (BYO) coffee.

About the Animation Salon

Wednesday 10 June 2020 - 11am

An informal meet up on Zoom, for about an hour, and free to join.

We'll be being joined by a range of guests from across the animation sector who will look at what’s happening with animation festivals, exhibition, production and funding. After this, we’ll up open up a general conversation and give a chance to discuss your current concerns, share ideas about new ways of working online, or even raise call-outs for potential new collaborations.

We’re pleased to deliver this event in partnership with Animation Alliance UK.

The Animation Salon will be hosted by Gary Thomas, British Council's Film Programme Manager, who leads on animation for the team. Outside of his role at British Council, he also also runs Animate Projects with Abigail Addison, and coordinates Animation Alliance UK.

Guests joining:

Tom Wightman, Film Hub South East BFI NETWORK Talent Executive

BFI NETWORK exists to support, develop and champion new filmmakers looking to kick-start their career, and partners British Council's Short Support Scheme. Before joining BFI NETWORK, Tom managed STOP PLAY RECORD, a London wide programme commissioning shorts for Channel 4’s Random Acts.

Lauren Orme, Cardiff Animation Festival

Lauren is CAF’s Festival Director, having founded the bi-monthly Cardiff Animation Nights in 2014. Her own animated shorts, including the Ffilm Cymru and BFI Network-supported Creepy Pasta Salad, have screened at festivals around the world

Steve Henderson and Jennifer Hall, Manchester Animation Festival

Steve and Jennifer co-founded MAF in 2015. Steve is Festival Director, and also edits online animation magazine MAF Producer and Programmer Jennifer is also the Film Programme Producer at HOME, Manchester.

MAF and CAF are founding members of the Alliance of British Animation Exhibitors (ABAE).

Joseph Wallace, animator

Joseph is in mid-production of stop motion short Salvation Has No Name. Produced by Loran Dunn of Manchester based Delaval Film, co-produced by Animation People in the Czech Republic. The film has received support from BFI Network and the Czech Film Fund, and a recent Kickstarter campaign raise over £19k.

Maryam Mohajer, animator

Maryam’s self-funded Grandad Was a Romantic won the 2020 BAFTA for Best British Short Animation. Her previous film Red Dress No Straps (2018) played over 27 festivals.

Who is this for?

This session is primarily aimed at UK-based emergent animators making films intended for festival exhibition.

Places are free but spaces are limited. We’d particularly welcome filmmakers from groups who are under-represented in the industry.

What we need from you

To take part you will need a computer/laptop/tablet/mobile and wifi connection (preferably with video – and you’ll need audio if you want to contribute to the live discussion). You can simply click the link we send you to join directly from your browser, but if you download Zoom in advance you may find it easier to participate.

You’ll be able to submit questions or suggest topics in advance, or you can simply contribute on the live chat during the Salon.

Bring your own coffee/tea/iced latte/decaf cappuccino.


Register free for this event by clicking here:

Places will be allocated on a first come basis; we’ll contact to confirm your place, with the link to join.


We are working hard to make all of our online sessions accessible.

Whilst we perfect a system for this, unfortunately live closed-captioning will not be available for our first Salons. If you require a live transcript we would like to encourage you to use – a free software system that live-transcribes audio on your laptop. The session will also be recorded and a transcript will be made available within one week (if you would like this, please email to request it after the session).