The Puppet Animation Scotland 2021 festival MANIPULATE

The Puppet Animation Scotland 2021 festival MANIPULATE

Puppet Animation Scotland presents a digital program packed with performances, screenings and workshops, including an international celebration of womxn in animation on and off the screen as MANIPULATE Festival returns in a completely new form against all odds.

The award-winning international festival of visual theater, puppetry and animated films will return for its 14th edition from January 29 to February 7. The program will take place in digital format offering festival fans and new audiences the opportunity to enjoy the line. -up from the comfort of your own homes. The art walk of the previously announced Restless Worlds multi-city installation has been postponed under government coronavirus guidelines.

Every year MANIPULATE Festival brings the audience together to experience performances that push boundaries. Aiming to provide a spark of light at the start of the new year and make the end of winter that much more interesting, the 2021 festival program will celebrate the themes of connection, isolation and renewal.

"In the difficult circumstances that the pandemic created for our industry, the immediate priority for me and the Puppet Animation Scotland team was to find a way to generate work for as many artists as we could," said Dawn Taylor, who was appointed new director of PAS in August. “Commissioning, hosting installations and digital theater - all this represents uncharted territory for Puppet Animation Scotland, but we have been overwhelmed by the creativity and ingenuity of the artists in meeting this brief.

“It is clear that there are challenges for us as a company this winter, and so we also wanted to create something exciting and concrete that the public could put in their journals and look forward. We are thrilled to be able to continue to deliver creative experiences that push boundaries through MANIPULATE in 2021 ”.

DIGITAL FESTIVAL / MANIPULATE Festival # 14 will feature a visually guided performance program of 15 events, featuring exciting international and Scottish performers ranging from puppetry, visual and physical theater, animated films, aircraft and contortion, along with workshops , social events and discussions.

Nigel by Natasza Cetner

In animated film, MANIPULATE welcomes the Edinburgh Short Film Festival again to curate another dynamic and vibrant program of award-winning international animated short films, which explore moments of connection and isolation in Animated Highlights 2021: Isolation and Connection. With works from Slovenia, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, the United States, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, each explores an aspect of the things that bring us together or separate us.

Featured as part of this program is Nigel by Natasza Cetner, alongside works by Pieter Coudyzer, Segolene Romier, Izzy Gibbs, Milanka Fabjancic, Damon Mohl, Gabriel Bohmer, Martin Romero and Paul James.

And for the first time, MANIPULATE presents Animated womxn - a woman-led showcase of stunning stop-frame and VFX work from the animation film industry. Featuring 12 animated shorts from Brazil, the Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States, the program is made by and for womxn. The program is curated by Puppet Animation Scotland and supported by Animated Woman UK, Scotland (AWUK) and PANIMATION Network.

After the screening, AWUK will conduct a creative round table with five animators from the Animated Womxn program to discuss their creative practice and reflect on their experience as a womxn in the animation film industry.

Body Echo by Ali Aschman

Body Echo by Ali Aschman

PANIMATION is a cross-platform community of womxn, trans and non-binary people working in the field of animation and motion graphics. The founders of the network will host a DRINK 'N' DRAW WITH PANIMATION workshop, an evening of chat and games, exploring how to combat gender stereotypes through character development when generating new stories.

Founded in 1984, Puppet Animation Scotland promotes puppetry, visual theater and animated film in Scotland and internationally. In addition to the MANIPULATE Festival and the Puppet Animation Festival, PAS offers year-round networking opportunities, practical advice, support and encouragement to all artists working in puppetry, visual theater and animated film. Since 2000, Scottish puppet companies have presented their work to over 1.850.000 people across the UK.

Watch the full festival schedule and find out more about MANIPULATE and Restless Worlds at

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