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Thameside Animation Festival

Young Animators Film Screening

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From LEGO action superheroes to caterpillars and flying witches, let the Thameside School animators take you on a journey of animation creation.

Pupils of Thameside Primary School nurtured and practiced their animation skills during the first Corona virus summer lockdown this year to produce their first ever stop-frame animation films. Their movie masterworks are streamed together here on Reading Culture Live.

This screening includes introductions from creative directors at Aardman Animation (Shaun the Sheep, Wallace and Gromit) and Passion Pictures (Fantastic Mr Fox and The Isle of Dogs).

All the animation films are made by the children of Thameside Primary School, and the children who contributed their works are aged between 5 and 10 yrs of age.

Head Teacher, Mrs Sophie Greenaway expressed her support for the children’s creative endeavours: ‘Supporting young people to get creative and learn new skills at a time when their regular activities are unavailable is a great way for them to express themselves positively’, she added ‘it helps to grow their resilience during these strange times’. 

Each payment for a screening goes directly to the school’s charitable fundraising association the TSA to help support the school and resources for its pupils. As with all schools, many public fundraising events including as summer fetes and Christmas fairs were cancelled this year so this is one way to help bring income to the school.

Thameside Animation Festival is curated and produced by Maria Trevis with support from Thameside School in Caversham, Thameside School Association, Aardman Animation and Passion Pictures.

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Running time approx. 22 mins