Animations on display this summer at London 2012

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London 2012 Festival

Lon­don 2012 Festival

Orga­niz­ers on Fri­day revealed details on the film pro­gram for the Lon­don 2012 Fes­ti­val –- a 12-week United Kingdom-wide cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion from June 21 to Sep­tem­ber 9 bring­ing together lead­ing artists from across the world with the very best from Britain.

Simon McKeown’s Motion Dis­abled Unlim­ited records Par­a­lympic body shapes and actions and uses 3D soft­ware to cre­ate large inflat­able struc­tures, as well as ani­ma­tions for pre­sen­ta­tion both on pub­lic screens and on smart phones.

Joel Simon’s Macrop­o­lis is a short ani­mated film in which a group of soft toys rebels and escapes from a fac­tory to seek a new life among humans in the great outdoors.

Both films will be pre­sented at the South­bank Cen­tre as part of “Unlim­ited,” a com­mis­sion­ing fund for dis­abled and deaf artists at the Lon­don 2012 Festival.

Children’s BAFTA win­ner and Guin­ness World Record-holding film The Itch of the Golden Nit is dreamt up by over 34,000 of chil­dren across Britain, brought together by Tate and the cre­ative magic of Aard­man Ani­ma­tion, with voiceovers by David Wal­liams, Vic Reeves, Cather­ine Tate and Miranda Hart among oth­ers, and funded by Legacy Trust UK and BP with sup­port from the British Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion. The film will be screened dur­ing the fes­ti­val at Pic­ture­house Cin­e­mas across Britain dur­ing a series of sum­mer screen­ings at spe­cial fam­ily events.

The film pro­gram for the Lon­don 2012 Fes­ti­val not only show­cases the UK’s lead­ing tal­ent, but impor­tantly, when the eyes of the world are on us, gives a plat­form for young and emerg­ing film­mak­ers to show­case their work on a world stage,” said fes­ti­val direc­tor Ruth Mackenzie.

Said British Cul­ture Min­is­ter Ed Vaizey: “Our bril­liant film indus­try lies at the very heart of the UK’s cul­tural land­scape, and it is fit­ting that the Lon­don 2012 Fes­ti­val is cel­e­brat­ing our fan­tas­tic cin­e­matic achieve­ments with this excit­ing film program.”

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