Discover the secrets of Disney at this year's Canterbury Anifest

26 September 2017

The Award-winning Canterbury Anifest returns for its 10th Anniversary this September (Friday 29 and Saturday 30 ) with a weekend of workshops and talks from high profile animators giving behind-the-scenes secrets from films such as Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

Headlining the weekend of events is the legendary Disney and DreamWorks animator Tom Sito who on Saturday 30 September will be sharing stories about his work on animated classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Shrek, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Jim Parkyn, Senior Model Maker at Aardman Animations, will share his experience of working at the world famous Bristol-based animation studio and discusses the origins of some of its much-loved characters - including Morph, who is celebrating his 40th anniversary this year.

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Blue Zoo Animation Studio, Tom Box, will share stories about how Blue Zoo became one of the biggest animation studios in the UK. Along the way, Tom will discuss shows such as Digby Dragon, Miffy, and Numberblocks, as well as their LEGO Batman commercials.

The weekend will kick-off on Friday 29 September with day of Disney discussions bringing together animators, scholars, and historians to share their knowledge around the subject of Walt Disney’s Snow White and Seven Dwarfs (1937), as well as featuring a Keynote presentation by Dr Amy Davis (University of Hull), author of Good Girls and Wicked Witches: Women in Disney's Feature Animation (2006) and Handsome Heroes and Vile Villains: Masculinity in Disney's Feature Films (2014).

There will also be workshops throughout the weekend teaching stop motion model making and animated flipbook skills; as well as plenty of chances to see this year’s shortlisted films that are in contention for one of the Anifest Awards.

Canterbury Anifest takes place at Augustine House and Hall, Canterbury Christ Church University Friday 29 September 2017 and Saturday 30 September 2017.

ALL STUDENTS, UNDER 16s and OVER 60s GET FREE ENTRY TO ALL TALKS (but please make sure you book a FREE ticket if you plan to come, this is always a popular event, so it makes sense to reserve your seat).

For more information on talks, workshops and how to book visit the website:

Notes to editors

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • Over 94% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2015/16 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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