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Animation – that’s what it takes

2 February 2016

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A diverse programme of innovative and eclectic animation films will be screened at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), as part of Teesside University’s International Festival of Animation and Computer Games, Animex.

Starting in February, Animex is a celebration of animation and computer games that sees the leading lights of this industry visit Middlesbrough to inspire the next generation of animators, digital artists and games designers.

Between Tuesday 9 February and Sunday 14 February, members of the public are invited to mima to view nine programmes of over 100 student works from around the globe competing in the Animex Awards.

Animex Awards gives students the opportunity to create their own films which are judged by Teesside University’s animation academics. This has become one of the largest competitions of its kind and this year there are over 1,200 entries from more than 80 countries, all competing for a number of different awards.

Visitors at Animex screenings can vote for their favourite student short and one will be crowned winner of the Animex Audience Award.

Animex Awards Curator, Sabrina Schmid said: “Animex is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all things to do with animation. Don’t miss your chance to experience all the wonders the animation world has to offer. We are screening hundreds of student films from all around the globe at our Animex Award screenings at mima.

“These shorts range from a number of artistic styles and animation techniques that you may not get to see otherwise. The programmes including many animations that were exhibited internationally overseas.”

Alongside the Animex Awards screenings, mima will also be screening Best of Punto y Raya Abstract Animation, Best of Animation – 25 years of Filmakademie and the UK Premiere of The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead. As well as displaying pre-production artwork by Art Director Amos Sussigan, and Background Artist Stephanie Dominguez from the animated musical short Aria for a Cow by Disney animator Dan Lund

Further animation screenings are held at Teesside University and Cineworld Cinemas – for more information please visit animex.net or our event page.

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