This year, manipulate will present 21 films as part of its programme of animated films! We have worked hard to bring together the best of contemporary animation, partnering with our long-time friends at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival, as well as CinemaAttic. On the last day of manipulate 2019, Saturday 9 February, we will be showing a range of screenings and Q&A, with world-renowned animators and upcoming creators. Discover what we have planned:


Animated Highlights 2018


Curated by the Edinburgh Short Film Festival, discover a programme of brilliant, dynamic shorts, including the winner of our own ESFF / Puppet Animation Scotland Best Animated Film award 2018.

Coyote – winner of the Best European Short Animation Film 2018, Coyote tells the heartfelt story of a coyote’s grief and struggle after the loss of his wife and children to a wolf attack.

Hybrids – a fantastic new animated shorts about the endangered sea, Hybrids a chilling tale of composite sea creatures, adapting to survive using plastics and other human detritus commonly released into the ocean. Voted Best Student Film at Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

Late Afternoon – winner of the Best Animated Short at Tribeca Film Festival 2018, Late Afternoon follows an elder Irish woman travelling back in her memories whenever she catches her own reflection, a tender look at Dementia from acclaimed Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon.

Wicked Girl – the Jury Prize of this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Wicked Girl is the story of eight years old S. a Turkish little girl with an overflowing imagination. Staying in hospital, she will remember happy memories of summers at her grand-parents, but something dark and terrifying soon emerges from her recollections.


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Our screenings and Q&A: Will Becher, Balbina Bruszewska, and Carlos Santa

Join Aardman director and animator Will Becher as he talks about his career through an illustrated talk, with rarely seen behind-the-scenes footage and puppets from the Aardman studios. Multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed animator Balbina Bruszewska will be talking about her journey from a poor Polish town to life in Hollywood, with three films and a Q&A. Finally, partnering with Edinburgh-based initiative CinamaAttic, eminent award-winning Colombian pioneer animator Carlos Santa will be discussing his career and screening three shorts


The Art of Stop-Motion

Life Journeys – Animation the World

Latin-American Contemporary Animation



Our Double Bill of new work by Ainslie Henderson and the Femmes Film Curators Collective

Images & Words: A Double Bill, will show two recently made shorts exploring themes of parenthood and science through poetic filmmaking. Femmes Film Curators Collective associated with the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research Collections, and Hail of Bright Stones, will present a newly edited montage of images by pioneering scientist and filmmaker Eric Lucey. Ainslie Henderson will show Adjust, a new short on later life parenthood and unexpected love.


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From award-winning experimental new shorts to classic animated films, Q&A to double bills, there will be something for everyone at this year’s manipulate Visual Theatre and Animated Film Festival. Book your tickets now  and share your experience with us on social media  #manipulateanimated