An amazing number of venues and partners took part in Anim18, delivering activities, events and special projects. Read about a selection of them below, and visit their websites to find out more.



Young Programmers Network (YPN)
Exploring and promoting Anim18 titles with young audiences in mind. Expect zines, podcasts, reviews and more!

YPN is a network for Young Film Programmer groups around the UK, providing new opportunities for young people and regional audiences. The Young Programmers Network has thee key objectives:

  1. To offer young programmers the opportunity to serve as curators, juries, and volunteers in festivals across the country, offering invaluable sector experience and the chance to network peer to peer.
  2. To use existing Young Programmer initiatives and BFI academy alumni to set up new YP groups in venues or communities which are currently underserved in this area.
  3. To develop young audiences for venues and festivals
Offering screenings and resources for young people and the education community. Focus includes special Spring Screenings and events on Women in Animation, plus animation-themed activity at the Into Film Festival (November).


IntoFilm support teachers and educators to achieve a wide range of effective learning outcomes in their use of film. Their programme includes a network of extra-curricular film clubs, resources for use in clubs and in the classroom, training opportunities, a cinema-based film festival and their annual Awards. It has been designed to meet the needs of all four nations in the UK.


Film Hub Wales is leading on Anim18 with Chapter, the BFI FIlm Audience Network and project partners.  There will be opportunities for cinemas across Wales to take part in Anim18, plus commissioning of wider activity across the UK.

Film Hub Wales aims to bring more films, to more people, in more places. Formed in 2013 as part of the ground-breaking initiative BFI Film Audience Network (FAN).

Chapter Arts Centre
Home of Film Hub Wales and Anim18.  Delivering screenings, activities and events throughout the season.

Chapter is one of Europe’s largest and most dynamic arts centres with cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces, studios, a café, award-winning bars, over 60 cultural workspaces and more. Chapter has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and collaboration. It offers an ever-changing programme of the best performance, films and exhibitions from Wales and from around the world.

Cardiff Animation Festival
A brand new celebration of animation is coming to Cardiff in April 2018! Over four days, from the 19th-22nd April 2018, Cardiff Animation Festival (CAF) will showcase some of the best animation from all over the world, with a broad selection of animated short films, features, masterclasses, workshops, filmmaker Q+As, retrospectives, an education program, behind the scenes screenings, industry events, panels, networking events and parties.
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival
The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival was created by organizer Mrs Eiko Ishii Meredith. Launched in November 2010 at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, UK, the festival screens the best in Japanese animation and culture to a wide audience.
Theatr Clwyd
Theatr Clwyd is one of the foremost producing theatres in Wales – a beacon of excellence looking across the Clwydian Hills yet only forty minutes from Liverpool. There are three theatre spaces, a cinema, café, bar and art galleries and, alongside its own shows, it offers a rich and varied programme of visual arts, film, theatre, music, dance and comedy.
Small World Theatre
Small World Theatre creates unique, flexible puppet theatre performances that tour to small/ midscale venues. They programme events with a focus on Arts and Sustainability at that near zero carbon venue in Cardigan, West Wales. Their venue is a reflection of Small World Theatre’s values and provides an accessible, welcoming, sustainable example for other groups working towards a zero carbon future.
Rhyl Little Theatre/Wicked Wales
Wicked Wales, Wales International Youth Film Festival is part of an international network of Festivals for young people, the Youth Cinema Network YCN. Wicked Wales shares the aims and vision of the Network which are ‘To work to empower young filmmakers to tell their stories by giving them the tools and perspectives and to bring them and their stories to an international audience with the aim of enriching international film culture’.


A full year of animation programming, with newly restored animation archives, commissioning of new work and a programme of screenings, events and activities. #Animation2018

A four-screen cinema venue showing a huge selection of classic and contemporary films each year, with new and re-releases, film seasons, and director and actor retrospectives.

Flatpack Festival
Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent).
MediaActive works with local people, organisations and creative practitioners to co-design and produce an innovative programme of special projects, commissions, events and exhibitions.  Our programme seeks to embrace contemporary practice and the creative use of technology, to inspire and enrich the lives of both our audiences and project participants.
Flicks in the Sticks
Flicks in the Sticks will be working in partnership with MediaActive to develop and deliver events for young audiences. Expect pop-up screenings in unexpected places!

Flicks in the Sticks promote professional arts and film events in partnership with local people, bringing high quality and affordable entertainment within easy travelling distance of every person in Shropshire, Herefordshire and surrounding areas.

Encounters is the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival. The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, and a unique meeting place for the industry. The jam-packed programme in September presents a diverse selection of short film screenings, feature films, guest film programmes, special guests, Q&As and headline events alongside an intensive industry event programme with high-level masterclasses and workshops.
The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford
The Courtyard Centre for the Arts is the leading arts provider in Herefordshire and a registered charity.  They have a 400-seat main house, a 120-seat studio theatre, rehearsal rooms, a gallery, meeting spaces and an award-winning cafe bar.  Whilst being primary a receiving venue, they also produce in house including our annual panto, youth theatre shows and some co-producing.  They have a varied live, film and visual arts programme, a thriving youth theatre and work extensively with people of all ages in the community.
Leeds Young Film Festival
Leeds Young Film Festival is the UK’s most interactive young people’s film event with annual audiences of over 10,000 children, young people and families. It encompasses The Film House, Leeds Animation Central and Reel Kids and screens films from around the world made both for and by young people, alongside moving-image related workshops and masterclasses. Other features include the Young Animator of the Year Award and Leeds Young Filmmakers’ Golden Owl Awards, showcasing the talent of young filmmakers from across the city, in partnership with ArtForms and Vista.
Manchester Animation Festival
Manchester Animation Festival is the UK’s largest Animation Festival dedicated 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.
The Cornwall Film Festival
The Cornwall Film Festival (CFF) is Cornwall’s only major film festival event and attracts audiences from across Cornwall as well as from the rest of the UK and abroad. Held in Falmouth for many years in 2011 the festival moved to a large cinema in Newquay. The vision for CFF in 2014 will be to expand to cinema venues throughout the county in a celebration of cinema.
HOME, Manchester
HOME Cinema work with international and UK artists to produce extraordinary experiences, creating an exciting mix of thought-provoking drama, dance, film and contemporary visual art with a strong focus on international work, new commissions and talent development. Their ambition is to push the boundaries of form and technology, to experiment, have fun and take risks.
As the leading film culture and digital media centre in the South West, we advance education, skills, appreciation and understanding of the arts with a particular focus on film, media and digital technologies.
The Brewery Arts Centre
The Brewery Arts Centre is a thriving and dynamic arts organisation with over forty years experience of delivering an exciting and inspirational programme, including artistic events, festivals and creative learning courses.  Their venue is a beautiful, historic building full of charm and set against the backdrop of the picturesque market town of Kendal. In addition to this they host five major festivals every year, including the internationally renowned Kendal Mountain Festival.


Glasgow Short Film Festival
Glasgow Short Film Festival, the largest competitive short film festival in Scotland, champions new film talent by providing an annual showcase and meeting point for new and established Scottish and international filmmakers, industry delegates and the local audience.
WoFF: World of Film International Festival (GLASGOW)
WoFF: World of Film International Festival is an annual film festival based in Glasgow, Scotland, UK and currently in its fifth edition. Their main focus is to promote independent international cinema and new talent from Scotland, the UK and beyond. They aim is to bring local and Scottish audiences together with filmmakers, producers, artists and cinema enthusiasts from all around the world, in an attempt to discover new talent, showcase their work and generate ideas for future projects.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Inaugurated in 1947, the same year as the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world’s longest continually-running film festival. Acclaimed and respected around the world, EIFF has been a leader in festival curation and exhibition since it launched 71 years ago, bringing the best of world cinema to enthusiastic and appreciative audiences.
Offering pop-up screenings and events to reach audiences in remote communities,

Screen Tiree: We live very remotely in a small community, screening films enables the community to come together exposes them to different worlds, cultures and ideas.

The Grosvenor Cinema
The Grosvenor Cinema has been at the heart of the community of Glasgow’s West End since 1921. Look out for Anim18 screenings at

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Film Hub NI
Offering opportunities to cinemas and venues across Northern Ireland. Get in touch if you’d like to be part of Anim18 NI.

Film Hub NI is part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN). Supported by National Lottery funding, FAN is a unique collaboration made up of eight Hubs managed by leading film organisations and venues strategically placed around the country and is the backbone of the BFI’s strategy to ensure the greatest choice of film is available for everyone across the UK.

Special animation-focused events and activities as part of Anim18.

The Nerve Centre is Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre. More than 120,000 people a year benefit from the Nerve Centre’s wide-ranging programme of arts events, cutting edge projects, creative learning centres, training opportunities, and state-of-the-art production facilities. A successful social economy enterprise, the Nerve Centre employs more than 40 staff at sites in Derry~Londonderry and Belfast.