This was the first night for local animators to showcase and socialise in Birmingham for about a decade. So, I was pretty nervous about who would actually submit or show up. Were there enough animators locally to make a weird interactive night like this successful?
It was an eye-opener at how many active filmmakers were around making REALLY good work. Mostly unaware of each other. 5 films were created specifically for the night and the crowd were really supportive. Luke Bourne's 'These Things In My Head - Side A', shortly went on to win an award at Annecy.
Hopefully we’ve started the seed of a network who motivate each other to keep being artists.