We nurture creative talent in order to create thought provoking and inspiring projects.
Animate was founded by Abigail Addison and Gary Thomas in 2007 and since then we have worked with more than 100 animators, filmmakers and artists, to create extraordinary and award-winning work.
We work in collaboration with a range of partners, in a variety of contexts – engaging audiences in the gallery, cinema, museum, public spaces, online and through broadcast. Our partners include the Wellcome Trust, The Photographers’ Gallery, QUAD Derby, Channel 4, Vivid Projects Birmingham, Art on the Underground, Phoenix Leicester, BFI Southbank, Flatpack Festival Birmingham, London Sinfonietta, FACT Liverpool, and the National Trust.
Our awards include: winner of Best Film at the Cutting Edge, British Animation Awards 2008 for Magnetic Movie by Semiconductor; winner of the Grand Prize at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2010 for A Letter to Uncle Boonmee by Apichatpong Weerasethakul; winner of Best Experimental Film, Chicago Underground Film Festival 2011 for Slow Action by Ben Rivers; winner of Best Motion Graphics, British Animation Awards 2014 for Apocalypse Rhyme by Oliver Harrison; and winner of the Lumen Prize 2016 Moving Image Award for AfterGlow by boredomresearch.
With their extensive experience and expertise, Abigail and Gary continue to build Animate’s success, to develop and produce animation and film projects with the best creative talent.
‘Animate has consistently facilitated cutting edge animation in the UK, making the UK an international focal point for animated filmmaking,’ David Shrigley, artist
Co-founder & Director
Abigail has produced more than 30 films, including 15 shorts for Channel 4’s Random Acts, which have screened at international festivals including Annecy, Holland Animation Film Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.
Most recently, Abigail produced Silent Signal, a Wellcome Trust supported project, bringing together animators and scientists to produce six short animations for exhibition at UK galleries and multiple festival screenings. She is currently producing animated short I’m OK with Director Elizabeth Hobbs, having produced her short Imperial Provisor Frombald for Channel 4 in 2014.
Abigail co-produced Chris Shepherd’s Johnno’s Dead, a hybrid animation/live action short that premiered at the London International Animation Festival. She produced the multi-media installation Altered Landscapes for artist Juan delGado that has been touring the UK since March 2016. She is also Associate Producer on Richard Squires’ long form experimental documentary, Claude: The Hysterical Laughter of the Cartoon Villain.
Abigail is a Trustee of film and photography charity Four Corners, and an Advisor to Underwire Festival.
Co-founder & Director
Gary has been commissioning and producing work with artists and animators for over twenty years. His recent projects include Animate commissions with The Photographers’ Gallery, PEER London and QUAD/D-LAB; Parts & Labour, an international open, and four animations for the Body of Songs music project (Cast Iron Radio/Wellcome Trust), three of which gained Vimeo Staff Picks.
Gary’s production executive role in his previous job at Arts Council England saw him working with artists including Steve McQueen, Carol Morley, Andrew Kötting and Clio Barnard. He conceived the Moving Image Initiative partnership with the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, commissioning shorts for multi-platform exhibition and developing feature projects. He has co-directed several shorts with artist Tim Shore that have screened around the world.
Gary also works part-time in the Film team at the British Council. He is a trustee of UK Young Artists and National Dance Company of Wales, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Animate Projects Limited is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.
Charity Registration No. 1144291 | Company Registration No. 6133397
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Registered address: 45 Empress Road, Derby, DE23 6TD