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Cultivation through animation

22 June 2018 | Posted in: News

Pirates, penguins, medieval lords and inflatable dancers: these are but a small handful of the rotoscope animated renditions Justin Timberlake and his crew embodied at the hands of last year’s University of Newcastle Design students.

“He said he loved it on his social media…” recalls Design and Animation academic Jane Shadbolt;

“I love giving students a sense that there’s things they can achieve outside of this course that can be seen around the world. With that kind of recognition, I think it’s expected we do something like this every year now”

With plans for the third annual Newcastle International Animation Festival underway, festival curator and University of Newcastle animation lecturer Jane Shadbolt is reeling with ideas for this year’s upcoming event. With the official film line-up and accompanying events for the three-day festival still in its planning stages, Jane can’t confirm too much now, but she is confident that this year is set to be its biggest year yet.

With last year showcasing a plethora of international films from China to Estonia, a Kids’ Program full of family-fun flicks, and an Australian Showcase night highlighting the country’s leading animators – this year, Jane and the team wish to highlight more of Newcastle’s very own animation filmmaking elite. Whether you’re a student working on your first animated piece or an enthusiast willing to showcase a past or present project, Newcastle International Film Festival are eager to screen it.

Jane is a true believer of Newcastle’s creative community, of which her past involvement as Renew participant and present role as a university educator continues to cultivate. The growing recognition that her students continue to receive – a number of whom have gained employment for the likes of Nickelodeon following their studies – is what reaffirms her love for animation and for the creative and innovative output Newcastle produces.

The Newcastle International Animation Festival is due to take place in November. Jane and the festival team intend to collaborate with Renew Newcastle in bringing elements of the festival to The Station later this year.

If you’re a local filmmaker with an animated work you would like showcased at the festival, you can contact Jane Shadbolt via her email [email protected] for more information.