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Animated Exeter Tickets go on sale at 9.30 on December 9th

PUBLISHED: 10:15 08 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:24 20 February 2013

Animated Exeter Tickets go on sale at 9.30 on December 9th

Animated Exeter Tickets go on sale at 9.30 on December 9th

The UK's leading public Animation Festival returns on February 11th bringing the very best of national and international animation to Devon.

The UK's leading public Animation Festival returns on February 11th bringing the very best of national and international animation to Devon.

Animated Exeter 11 19 February 2012

School's week: 6 10 February

Animated Exeter is an annual festival initiated in 1999 by Exeter City Council, now an independent company, with an audience of around 20,000, Animated Exeter is the leading public animation festival in the UK.

This year the festival will show over 100 animated films featuring work from the best in the business With an education programme developed through strong partnerships with schools, colleges, and universities including three prestigious national film competitions, the festival also hosts and an extensive programme of animation workshops from stop motion to cutting edge digital techniques.

As well as attracting animation royalty and screening the best of national and international animation, AE exhibits how the world of animation works through exciting collaborative exhibitions with galleries and cinemas throughout the city and this year, presents another spectacular large-scale narrative animation projection in Exeter's Cathedral Green.

Along with the raft of workshops available to complete beginners right up to students and professional animators, fantastic animated films and absorbing exhibitions, Animated Exeter is offering a chance for everyone to get involved with Devon's most vibrant festival.

Some of this year's festival highlights are:

- A stunning new projection in Exeter's Cathedral Yard and Close created by legendary film trick luminaries, Forkbeard Fantasy and funded by Arts Council England. This will provide a dazzling central event to the main weekend of the festival, the Essential Weekend, 17 19 Feb. The artists will also be holding a unique masterclass Crossing the Celluloid Divide, to demonstrate their trademark style featuring a technique that enables characters to seamlessly step out of projected film onto stage and back again, establishing an impressive comic dynamic between film and performance. The class will be held on Friday 17 February, upstairs at ASK, the Italian restaurant in Cathedral Close.

The festival will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz: The Dark Crystal. This will be introduced by the film's original concept designers: Brian and Wendy Froud, followed by a Q&A. Devon-based artist and conceptual designer Brian Froud has sold over 8 million books and has an international cult following. His imaginative illustrations inspired Jim Henson (The Muppets) who hired Froud to collaborate with him on the film The Dark Crystal. On the set of the film, Brian Froud met Wendy, a puppet designer, creator of The Dark Crystals Gelflings and an internationally acclaimed doll maker with her own cult following. Brian's artwork is celebrated in an exhibition, The Art of Brian Froud at Exeter Phoenix's Cafe Bar from 31 January to 25 February. Wendy will be holding a fascinating sculpting masterclass on Saturday 18 Feb, upstairs at ASK, the Italian restaurant in the Cathedral Close.

- Aardman Animations will be visiting the festival with a sneak preview of their brand new feature film, The Making of Aardmans Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. Directed by Peter Lord, co-directed by Jeff Newitt and voiced by Hugh Grant, Imelda Staunton and David Tennant. The Pirates! marks Aardman's first feature-film collaboration with Hollywood studio Sony Pictures Entertainment, after making three full-length films with Dreamworks.

- Comic fans can get their fix at the Comic Expo at the Rougemont Thistle Hotel, Sun 19 Feb, 11am 4pm which spotlights this popular medium with signing & sketching in Artists Alley: Jock, Lee Garbett, Henry Flint, Shaky Kane,Paul Grist, Dom Reardon, Lee OConnor & David Smith. And theres a great treat for the younger audience as Beano artist Kev Sutherland runs a Make a Comic in a Day workshop.

The Box Office will open at 9.30am on December 9th 01392 667080, Exeter Phoenix.

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