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Animators line up for Animex

26 October 2005


Where can you find appearances by stars of the animation industry, a global competition and special screenings of animated movies?  All this and more will be on offer at Animex, Middlesbrough’s International Festival of Animation and Computer Games.

Animex is organised by the University of Teesside and now in its seventh year.

In 2006, Animex will run from Monday 6 February to Friday 10 February and will be centred at the University of Teesside with other venues across the North East.

Previous visitors to the festival include Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, Mark Walsh, a directing animator from PIXAR Animation Studios, the company responsible for Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, Oscar-winners Phil Tippett, founder and president of the US-based Tippett Studio, Ray Harryhausen, creator of the legendary skeleton battle in Jason and the Argonauts and Bob Godfrey, creator of Roobarb.

ANIMEX also includes:

  • the results of the annual Animex International Student Animation Awards.  The 2005 Awards attracted over 350 entries from 25 different countries, including the USA, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore.  The categories include 3D Character Animation, Best 3D Computer Animation, Best 2D Computer Animation and Best Experimental Animation.
  • presentations from leading computer games designers and writers.
  • animation created by University of Teesside students, school children and community groups from across the North-East.
  • animation projected inside and outside buildings throughout Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley

Animex Festival Director Chris Williams said: "Animex is fast becoming a fixture on the calendar for many people. Animators, students, producers, directors and the people of Teesside. The festival continues to excite us as organisers as well as everybody who comes here. The fact that the majority of our audience is repeat visitors must mean we're doing something right! Everybody can get involved from the youngest kids to the oldest OAP! Even if you don't want to listen to how some of the best animated films and computer games are made, you can participate by going to watch the films themselves at one of our screening venues throughout the region."

For further information, visit the Animex web site at

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