AFWM Events at Flip 2009!!!

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Animation Forum WM is partnering up with Flip Animation Festival and SCRIPT for several exciting events and activities during this year's festival; a Scriptwriting for Animation Workshop (10am-4pm, 5th November, Light House), the festival launch party; Animation in the West Midlands: A Snapshot (7pm-9pm, 6th November 2009, Millennium Point) and the Flip Animation Challenge!

 Here are the full details:

Scriptwriting for Animation Workshop,

Light House, Wolverhampton, 10:00am – 4:00pm, 5th November 2009
Cost: £25/£20

This one–day workshop, run in conjunction with Script and Animation Forum West Midlands, will explore the particularities of animation production and writing, leading to an individual 60 second script which will then be submitted to the Flip Animation Challenge with the opportunity to be produced by animators in residence during the festival and screened on the final day!The workshop is led by Myles McLeod, one half of BAFTA nominated The Brothers McLeod. They are known for their screenwriting and animations as seen on BBC, MTV, Channel 4 and elsewhere and direct commercials for internationally famous studio Aardman Animations. Myles holds a Masters in Screenwriting and writes for television, short film and computer games.


This 5 hour workshop will include:

  • Creating characters
  • Three act structure
  • Scene structure
  • Getting inspired
  • Thinking animated
  • Taking criticism
  • Writing a 60 second script

To apply, please contact as soon as possible.

Festival Launch – Animation in the West Midlands: A Snapshot

Millennium Point, Birmingham, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 5th November 2009
Cost: Free

In this special launch event, we'll be asking what's the current state of the West Midlands' animation industry? How can we help the sector develop and expand at a time of recession?

This event, co-hosted by Flip, Birmingham City University and Animation Forum West Midlands, seeks to find out. It'll include a screening of work from leading animation studios and individual filmmakers and a panel focussing on some of the achievements and highlights from the region.

The panel will include Chris Randall from Second Home Productions, who pioneered an innovative replacement animation technique and Andy Guest from The CharacterShop, who are involved in a number of international co-production projects. This is a great opportunity to find out more about animation in the region, and to join the debate about how to help the sector develop and expand.

The free event takes place at Technology Engineering and the Environment (formerly the Technology and Innovation Centre), Millennium Point, Birmingham. To reserve a place, please RSVP to

The Flip Animation Challenge

Following on from The Great Animation Challenge, this year's festival has become a bit more hands on, giving people the opportunity to write scripts and make films during the festival itself! Here's the challenge:

  • On the 5th November, Flip will host a one day scriptwriting for animation workshop leading each participant to produce a 60 second script.
  • These scripts will be posted onto the Vimeo group at the end of the day and passed onto animators in residence at the festival.
  • You will have a day and a bit to turn a script into a film!
  • The deadline for posting your films on Vimeo will be 4pm, 7 November. They will then be screened later that evening between 7pm and 7.15pm at Light House.

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