Manchester Animation Festival

What a day for Manchester Animation Festival, Barry Purves and Sundae Communications!

This morning, ahead of the festival launch, we took renowned director and animator Barry Purves along with his RTS award winning Twirlywoo puppets to MediaCity to take their place on the BBC Breakfast sofa and talk about his 40 years in the industry and his events at MAF 2018.

Barry’s visit to the BBC Breakfast studio was made all the more special as we, alongside the festival team, arranged for him to find out about his MAF annual Fellowship Award live on air; it was a complete surprise and a really lovely moment – you can see a clip of his appearance on their Twitter here!

Fresh off the back of finding out about his award live on television, Barry swung over to BBC Radio Manchester where we had arranged for him to be interviewed by the wonderful Chelsea Norris, airing tomorrow morning, and even found time to record a video for their social team about how to get children into animation… all in all, an amazing morning’s work.

Barry is an Oscar and BAFTA nominated director usually, but not exclusively, working with animation, especially puppet animation. He has been involved, mainly through Cosgrove Hall, with many series and programmes for television such as Rainbow, Chorlton and the Wheelies, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Wind in the Willows, Rupert Bear, Postman Pat, and Bob the Builder, either as animator or director.

There are few animators like Barry Purves. Working in feature, television and short films where he has won acclaim for his works internationally making an incredible contribution to British animation globally. After 40 years in the animation industry MAF will not only be awarding Barry for his achievements but will be hosting ’40 Years of Barry Purves’ tomorrow, Wednesday 14 November at 5:30pm, to take a look back on Barry’s career and talk through it with the man himself.

The MAF 2018 communications campaign has been an incredibly successful one so far with key previews, features, listings, local interest stories and interviews in i Newspaper, I Love Manchester, Manchester Evening News, MEN Online, Screen Daily, Animation Magazine, Animation World Network,, Prolific North and Family Traveller to name a few.

Right, we’re all off to the launch event of the festival… see you on the other side!



We took renowned director and animator Barry Purves along with the RTS award winning Twirlywoo puppets to MediaCity to take their place on the BBC Breakfast sofa.

Barry Purves Showreel


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