Manchester Animation Festival returns to HOME

Manchester Animation Festival
14-16 Nov 2017



Back for its third year, Manchester Animation Festival is the UK’s largest celebration of the animated art form.

Hosted at HOME in Manchester, the festival brings one of the UK’s biggest animation hubs together and invites the international community to join us to delight in all things animated, including special guests for the animated world, premieres, an international competition, workshops, retrospectives, awards and masterclasses.

This year the BBC are getting involved as they invite families for a day of animated fun, with screenings and events including some free BBC Children’s screenings.

The festival will also be taking over the Granada Foundation Galleries at HOME, as it gives visitors an exclusive look behind the scenes of the Altrincham-based puppet makers entrusted with bringing some of animation’s most beloved characters into being Mackinnon & Saunders.

Ian Mackinnon and Peter Saunders began working together at Manchester’s Cosgrove Hall in the 1980s and established their own company in the early 1990s. Since then, Mackinnon & Saunders has created an incredible range of characters. The team has crafted puppets for many popular children’s TV shows including Bob the Builder, Postman Pat, The Twirlywoos and The Clangers and has collaborated with Tim Burton on Mars Attacks!, Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride and with Wes Anderson on Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Featuring images from some of the studio’s most memorable projects and exploring the many-layered workshop processes that turn dreams into reality, the unique exhibition will celebrate the extraordinary work of Mackinnon & Saunders – from children’s favourites and epic fantasies to spine-tingling horror and thrilling adventures.

Animation is now everywhere, from the smallest smart phone screen to the largest cinematic projection. Pop along to Manchester Animation Festival as artists, practitioners, students and enthusiasts and all those in between come together to explore and celebrate the many and varied achievements of the animated form.


Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant