Animate Dubai festival launching in 2015

A new festival named Animate Dubai festival will kick off at the end of this year and is expected to be an annual occasion

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

There’s always something new and exciting cropping up in the city and now cartoon fans are getting their chance to revel in all that’s on offer at a brand new festival.

Animate Dubai is coming to the emirate at the end of this year and enthusiasts will have three entire days to meet up and discover the latest developments in the industry.

December 3-5 is set to be a very enjoyable time at Dubai Design District, which will serve as the prime and extremely fitting location for the fresh creative venture.

So what can you expect from the long weekend, just after UAE National Day? There will of course be animated films on show, themed talks taking place, and plenty more fun activities for both kids and adults who are nutty about animation.

Plus those who are really into their cartoons will get the chance to meet animation pioneers from across the globe at the occasion supported by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and partnered with d3, Dubai Studio City and Dubai Film & TV Commission.

Animation professionals, amateurs, and students both local and from around the world have the opportunity to submit their work to be included in the extravaganza. This includes features, shorts, series, experimental, and commercial projects from all genres. The invite has proved so popular already the organizers have extended the deadline for submissions to August 20.

It comes as there are plans to advocate the genre across UAE universities giving students - beginning with those at AUD, AUS, and Zayed University – the chance to display their talent.

Animate Dubai is also expected to play a significant part in the film industry here once it becomes an annual event.

‘This all-inclusive festival comes as a natural progression to our work,’ says Lina Younes, Founder and Director of The Animation Chamber. ‘In the past three years, we have grown and looked after a dormant sector here in the UAE, cropping up considerable talent and stimulating creative potential across a range of animation practices and techniques. The time has come to bring a punctual, tangible showcase of quality animation to UAE-based makers and fans alike.’

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