The UK’s largest animation festival will return to Manchester from 13th – 15th November 2018.

The event is fun-packed, and full of animated short competitions, feature films, retrospective screenings, workshops, networking events, panel discussions, masterclasses and screen talks from some of the best talent in the industry.


Films previews at this year’s festival includes: –

  •  Night of the Vampires
  • This Magnificent Cake!
  • Funan
  • Virus Tropical
  • Tito and the Birds
  • Smallfilms on the Big Screen
  • Barry Purves Retrospective
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Anijam


Masterclasses & Making Of

40 Years of Barry Purves 

Bringing the filmmaker and animator to the MAF stage to celebrate his work in feature films, television and short films, not forgetting his incredible contribution taking British animation to a global audience.

Locksmith Animation

The UK’s only high end CG feature animation studio dedicated to the global family audience, ahead of the company’s first feature film release, Ron’s Gone Wrong in 2020.

Blue Zoo

Festival sponsor Blue Zoo shows how real time rendering is revolutionising its CG animation, demonstrated via exclusive sneak peeks of the studio’s new projects currently in the pipeline.

Becca’s Bunch

JAM Media and Nickelodeon’s new show Becca’s Bunch, made at Altrincham Animation  Studio Factory, gives an insight into how the world of Wagtail Woods was made, taking it from a quirky film to a hit TV series for a pre-school audience.

Framestore Masterclass

Inviting Prajakta Nandlakar to talk about her role as Senior Animator working on blockbuster titles such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Martian.

Arts Collective, The Line show how they have developed some of the most innovative short films and commercials of recent years.

Further making of sessions include the making of The Highway Rat and Isle of Dogs.

Industry Q&A

MAF has partnered with Brown Bag Films to introduce a new series Q&A sessions, Animated Answers, where experts will take questions from established or aspiring animators.

The four sessions will look at what makes the perfect animator, production pipelines, what size of studio suits you and switching specialisms.


This year’s panels include Animated Women UK, Smallfilms Stories, In the Frame: Educating Animators and Making it in Manchester.

Family Day

On Sunday 11th November, ahead of the Festival, children and families are invited for a day of animated fun including Short Films for Children, a collection of the best in animated short films from around the world, whilst Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Cinema presents Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.


To Book Tickets:

Further information, and how to buy tickets can be found here