Cardiff Animation Fest unveils its official selection

Cardiff Animation Festival (CAF) returns for its third edition and announces its official selection of animated shorts in competition. This year the Cardiff Animation Festival is going hybrid, with online events taking place throughout April and in-person events taking place at the Chapter Arts Center in Cardiff from 7-10 April.

A full schedule of screenings, masterclasses, Q&As, networking events and parties will be announced in early March, but among them are screenings of short films that feature some of the best animated work made over the two last years. .

With 102 short films from 22 countries – more than half of which were directed by women – the selection showcases a variety of unique voices and a wide range of stories. The seven screenings aimed at adult audiences all have “hybrid titles” that reflect the theme of the 2022 festival:

Clockwise: Reduction, The Dawn Principle, A Bone Bite, Soft Tissue, 04111311 (center)

together/apart explores the struggles and joys of relationships, featuring everything from the fight to survive in the post-apocalyptic future to Reduction by Réka Anna Szakály, to reflect on the time spent with a loved one in A bite of bone by Honami Yano.

Human nature asks the question: What makes us human? Are we really different from all the rest of the planet? The concept of humanity is explored through films of serenity The sunrise principle of Ye Song at the UK premiere of soft handkerchief by Cliona Noonan.

Sound/Vision is a feast for the ears as well as the eyes. Music and animation combine to deliver a multi-sensory experience, featuring films like the abstract 04111311 by Flora Martyr and the adorable The boredom of polar bears by Koji Yamamura.

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Clockwise: Arka, Affairs of the Art, Polar Bear Bears Boredom, Forever a Kid, Chado (center)

Homesick is a selection filled with nostalgia. This is an opportunity to rediscover precious childhood memories in still a child by Frederieke Mooij and the eccentric obsessions of a family with art business by Joanna Quinn.

Mute/Cinema shows that a great film transcends language barriers. The films in this selection have no dialogue, but each one says a lot. Fall into dreamy summer memories in chado by Dominica Harrison and set off with a surreal tragicomedy on a cruise ship Arka by Natko Stipanicev.

Reel/Life is a showcase of animated documentaries. Stories of the Hong Kong riots in Prince Edward by Hoching Kwok to an autobiographical portrayal of living with autism in Strange by Cameron Carr, this selection is full of touching stories and inspiring stories.

Nightfall is a late night screening of short films with a bit of pizzazz. Ravenous spiders in Arachnarche from Emma Jordan, to a horrifying retelling of human history in cute by Theo W. Scott, this adults-only selection is not for those who are easily thrown off…

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Clockwise: Arka, Affairs of the Art, Polar Bear Bears Boredom, Forever a Kid, Chado (center)

The Cardiff Animation Festival family program will also include a variety of events for children. the Animated family shorts screening for school-aged children includes an adventure with furry friends in A cat called Jam (Lorraine Lordan) and an eventful trip to school in Tobi and the Turbobus (Verena Fels). Other events for children and families will be announced in early March.

“After having to postpone CAF 2020 at the last hour, the past two years have been a crash course in online event management. This year, we are combining our experience of organizing online and in-person events with our first-ever hybrid edition,” said festival director Lauren Orme. “We are delighted to be back at the Chapter and venues around Cardiff with a huge range of in-person events, as well as making much of the festival available online, giving our audience the ability to access at the festival as he wishes. We look forward to seeing everyone in person and in the online chat box!

Festival passes are on sale now at, with a limited number available at discounted Early Bird prices. Tickets for individual events will go on sale after the full schedule is announced in early March.

Find the complete program of CAF 2022 films here.

CAF mascot "Cracked"

CAF Mascot “Dotty”

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