A night for animators & animation lovers to show work, share ideas and hang out.
Based in Birmingham UK, Overlap is a quarterly animation show and tell night.
It's fun and messy. People introduce their work and a main guest 'show&tell's theirs, often with weird performances mixed in. The purpose is to create a regular deadline for filmmakers, and to be a way for the animation community to get together.
Each quarter we have an optional prompt. If it’s interesting, entertaining or well-made we’ll consider it. Animations from 1 second long can be submitted. We’re also a safe space for everyone, including smut. If there’s something sensitive, keep an open mind. Hearing the filmmaker's perspective helps too.
Louis (hi) is an award-winning animator / director from Birmingham. My work is known for it’s absurd character-led comedy that has led me to work with BBC, Channel 4 and Nickelodeon.
I started Overlap because I wanted a regular night that gave animators a reason to develop. Birmingham is largely a cottage industry of folks getting on with it in isolation. That’s hard to crack into, so I want Overlap to do the following:
act as a showcase,
get animators an audience,
be an opportunity for new and established animators,
make Birmingham’s creative scene more visible.
It’s been satisfying seeing people at their first animation night having a great time. It adds to the honest feedback that a live audience gives to a filmmaker. It’s also been a pleasure to meet so many talented animators since we started in May 2019.
Thanks to everyone who's got involved so far. It feels like we’ve got a great community of animation artists brewing in the Midlands.