In partnership with Animate Projects, we’ve commissioned seven renowned animators to create micro-shorts on the theme of Untold Tales.

Selected through a process of recruitment and open call, the animators are: Jessica Ashman, Leo Crane, Ian Gouldstone, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Osbert Parker & Laurie Hill, and Kate Sullivan.

Each animator brings their distinctive voice and animation style to their bitesize treats. Across the six films, pixilation, hand drawn, digital, stop motion, charcoal, and cut-out animation techniques have been employed. The joy of the craft of animation that these films encapsulate aims to serve as inspiration for the viewer.

Working in collaboration with other creative talents and a range of subjects, the animators reflect on the collective and individual experiences of people living in the UK today. They are playful, joyful, and eye-catching gems, designed to be discovered in the viewer’s Instagram feed, that they will want to share, repost, like, and comment on.

Together the films present an exciting and vibrant collection of stories exploring cultural heritage, historic curiosities, devoted communities, and ways individuals navigate modern life: Leo Crane’s film offers a platform to an adopted child to share his fantastical and hopeful dreams; Ian Gouldstone takes inspiration from the inhabitants of the tower block he resides in; and Osbert Parker and Laurie Hill consider the curious tale of a wasp brought into Victorian society and cultured, and how her treatment reflects on contemporary life today.

Several of the films center on the cultural communities that the animators belong to: Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara reflects on the motivations of visitors to a Buddhist Monastery that she frequents; Kate Sullivan invites us into a meeting of the 3D enthusiasts club she takes part in; and Jessica Ashman’s film celebrates the importance of participating in Carnival culture for herself and her peers.

Here’s what our team think about the project…

Abigail Addison // Animate Projects:

“We were delighted with the range of ideas and techniques that were proposed. These diminutive films attest to the considerable talent and craft of the makers; they are so innovative, lively, thought provoking, and entertaining. It is a joy to be able to work with such great animation talent.”

Sally Griffith // Anim18:

“We’re really excited to be working with Animate Projects to commission these new works from such inspiring and talented animators. Throughout Anim18, we’ve seen the love that audiences have for British animation in all its guises, and we look forward to sharing these hidden stories with them on social media and in partner venues across the UK.”

The films will be launched on Instagram and Vimeo throughout November, beginning with Hold Tight by Jessica Ashman. The films are available for exhibition, and will be shown together as a single-screen, looping programme in the Anim18 newly commissioned VR Gallery at QUAD, Derby, from 1 November to 3 January 2019. They also will all be screened at London Animation Club on Tuesday 6 November.


Tuesday 6 Nov – Hold Tight, Jessica Ashman
Friday 9 Nov – The Foundling, Leo Crane
Tues 13 Nov – Sir John Lubbock’s Pet Wasp, Osbert Parker & Laurie Hill
Fri 16 Nov – 144 Units, Ian Gouldstone
Tues 20 Nov – A Place to Think, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara
Fri 23 Nov – The Stereoscopic Society, Kate Sullivan


Hold Tight by Jessica Ashman explores UK based Carnival celebrations as a way for the Black Caribbean diaspora to reconnect with their heritage. It is a journey into the feeling of belonging, through the rituals of Carnival attendance and the power of bass. Using spoken word narration by the artist, the short features scenes of people getting ready, inter-cut with point of view, visceral shots of experiencing carnival. The film was made using hand-drawn 2D animation layered on a multi-plane mixed with pixilation created from video recorded during the carnival weekends.