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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