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Posted 24.07.17

Animation students wow crowds at Fête de l’anim celebrations

By Kat Peberdy

Working alongside other young animators from across Europe, BA (Hons) Animation students Tim Howe and Kim Beveridge treated hundreds of spectators on the opening night of the festival to a spectacular video mapping performance, projected onto the Lille Opera House.

In small teams, the students were tasked with creating an animated segment that was then edited together and projected on to l’Opera in the city centre.

Fête de l’anim, now in its 13th year, brings together young artists from the most prestigious European and Asian animation schools, for intensive workshops, screenings and masterclasses with industry leading professionals such as Michael Dudok De Wit, Director of Cannes award winner The Red Turtle.

"This is a real world, cultural experience which will give the students an opportunity to see the level they need to be working at internationally. We wanted to send a very strong team this year, from the students feedback we can see it’s been a massive confidence builder for them."

– Tony Smith, BA (Hons) Animation Programme Leader

As part of the festival, animation students Peter Wilkinson, Karina Yordanova and Akashraj Jeyaantony got involved in the 2017 Animation Marathon, which brought together 25 teams of international students, giving them 36 hours to create a 10-second animated clip, in response to an image chosen by the festival organisers.

This years image was created by RUN, an iconic London based Italian street artist whose works can be seen around the globe, from China to Senegal.

Plymouth will host its residency in 2017, bringing a number of young European artists to the city where they will collaborate to create an animated film, telling the story of Plymouth’s maritime heritage including that of the Mayflower, in the lead up to the historic 400th anniversary, in 2020.

"Euranim is a really fantastic opportunity for the students here at Plymouth College of Art. The ability to learn new animation techniques and processes through workshops, festivals and residencies, collaborating with a transnational, European peer group to create stunning video-mapped projections, is something special."

– Oli Raud, Strategic Funding Manager and event co-ordinator on behalf of Plymouth College of Art

Our involvement in the Euranim project means students get the opportunity to attend workshops, festivals and networking events throughout their programme.

As a three-year educational project funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, the project explores a novel, innovative use of 2D and 3D animation, while presenting progressive technical possibilities in the medium: video mapping. This technique is still emerging and consists of using objects to turn them into an immersive display surface for video projection.

The Euranim partnership comprises European universities of Art and Design, from five different countries: Plymouth College of Art (Plymouth, United Kingdom), Turku University of Applied Sciences (Turku, Finland), The Animation Workshop (Viborg, Denmark), Howest (Kortrijk, Belgium) and MOME (Budapest, Hungary).

The project is led by the cultural organisation Rencontres Audiovisuelles (Lille, France) and brings together partners from the creative industries, across these six countries.

The college is committed to supporting students' progression into the workplace, with opportunities such as the Euranim event to help secure contacts in the professional industries and develop skills. Most recently, three of our recent BA (Hons) Animation graduates have been offered roles with emerging creative studio Yellow Mouse Studios, to specialise in traditional and 3D CGI animation.