BFI Film Academy: How do I become an animator?

Some of the UK’s most acclaimed animators give their tips.

So you want to work in animation – but what should your next steps be? Do you need to have studied animation? What should you put in your showreel? And how can you find paid work?

Watch the video to see Britain’s leading animators, including Aardman co-founder Peter Lord (Chicken Run, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!), Oscar-nominated animator Joanna Quinn and BAFTA nominee Marcus Armitage offer their tips, and take a look at some of the resources to find out what you need to do to enter a career in animation.

The BFI Film Academy – specialist residential programme focuses on the complete craft and workflow of different specialisms – including animation – with leading industry professionals delivering masterclasses and practical skills training. Participants will also receive bespoke careers advice. Applications will re-open in 2019.

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  • BFI Film Academy Specialist courses

    BFI Film Academy Specialist courses

    Focused courses run during school holidays for between one to two weeks, allowing you to learn different specialisms and crafts including animation...

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  • BFI Film Academy UK Short courses

    BFI Film Academy UK Short courses

    Introductory hands-on filmmaking courses to build your knowledge and skills and show you the different pathways into the industry.

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