Anim18: A Celebration of British Animation took place across the UK between April and November 2018, reaching audiences of more than a million and prompting legacy activity beyond the season. Led by Film Hub Wales and Chapter (Cardiff), the initiative aimed to raise the profile of British animation, to showcase the innovative and diverse nature of the art form, to recognise that animation is not solely for young audiences and to celebrate the talent involved in its creation with audiences, exhibitors and funders alike. Our ultimate goal was to support the development of a more collaborative, inclusive and sustainable British animation sector. We believe our work has contributed to that goal, and by gathering the collective force of enthused and passionate partners across the UK (and beyond) we maximised cultural impact. 

We were supported in our work by a comprehensive network of 94 project partners alongside specialists in the field of animation, with an Advisory Group formed of representatives from BFI archives and programming, British Council, British Animation Awards, BAFTA, NFTS, Animate Projects, Animation UK, Into Film, and UK animation festivals. Featuring more than 2,544 events and 286 participatory activities, our reach extended to more than 150 venues, with work taking place indoors and outdoors, from urban to rural communities, from the UK to Canada, and from major arts venues, museums, libraries, schools and universities to small community group settings. Our programme was formed of a diverse range of activity, from uniquely curated workshops and events, through to national collaborations and newly commissioned work.  As well as achieving a renewed and enhanced profile for British animation with a broad audience base, Anim18 supported the development of talent, the celebration of heritage, and prompted collaborative conversations around the creation, development and exhibition of animation, which will continue into the future.


Screenings & Events

Key titles from British animation, selected international animations with a British connection, and a whole host of events across the UK.  The programme featured links to new technologies including gaming and VR.

Engagement & Participation

Opportunities to participate and interact including; anijams, gamejams, pop-up animation stations, multi-sensory experiences, plus a bank of resources for programming and creating animation.

Digital Hub

The central portal for Anim18, with info on the season, blog articles, resources and social media feeds (@Anim18UK | #Anim18).

Future Development

Anim18 was created with future development in mind.  We raised profile, offered opportunity for talent development, delivered panel discussions, and gave support for advocacy and funding.


Politics & Persuasion

Political messages, propaganda & campaigns

Young at Heart

Childhood favourites, youthful spirit and intergeneration

Breaking Boundaries

Experimentation, innovation & new technologies


Tracing connections with international animations


Read more about some of the amazing partners who helped make Anim18 possible here.

 Find out about our venues and projects here.

 Or download a summary below.