Invitation to Animation Workshop for Young Talents


Are you between 16 and 20 years old and interested in animation? Do you want to make your own movies, but need inspiration to get started? Or maybe you have some experience but want to further develop your skills? Sign up for our workshop for young talents, that will be connected to the Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2018.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Monday 8th of October!

In collaboration with the Amandus Festival and the E6 – Østfold Media Workshop, we invite you to an animation film workshop with director and animator Hefang Wei. Hefang Wei is an award-winning filmmaker, who also led the animation of the brand-new Norwegian feature film The Tower, which opens the festival. In the workshop you will have experience with cut-out animation, which is a type of stop-motion animation where you physically move figures and other material in front of camera to create an illusion of motion. This is one of the basic principles for all animation and provides a basic introduction to making animation films. Participants in the course will collaborate to make small films during the weekend.

About the workshop leader:
Hefang Wei, born in China, has practiced traditional Chinese art and caligraphy since she was a small child, and graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chong Qing. In 2005, she started studying in France where she made three renowned short films, among other things, her exams film The Bridge Cronicles, who was named Best French Animated Short Film at the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand. Her later short films The Banquet Of The Concubine and Bird Flu have also had great success at international film festivals around the world. In recent years, Hefang Wei has worked on several international feature films, including The Tower of Mats Grorud, which is the opening film of the year during Fredrikstad Animation Festival.

Practical info:
Date: 27th and 28th of October
Location: E6 – Østfold Medieverksted
Registration here: by Thursday 4th of October.
The course is free, eventual costs of the stay are covered.

Participants are also accredited to the festival and are invited to the festival’s film shows and seminars that take place outside the workshop during the period from 25th to 28th October.


Festival highlights that the participants are welcome to:

Thursday 25 October

17:00: Films by young filmmakers
Amanda’s young nominated animated films and workshops films from the E6 – Østfold Media Workshop made by young filmmakers.

20:00: Official opening with display of The Tower
The official opening of the festival with the show of the new Norwegian animated long film The Tower of Mats Grorud.
Read more about the film:

Friday, October 26th

10:00 – 16:00: Industry seminars

Every year, Fredrikstad Animation Festival presents a seminar program for the Norwegian animation and film industry with top international players in the field of animation and film production. This year’s program presents renowned actors from the American animation industry in Holywood. The seminar program presents the following lecturers:
Goro Fujita is an artistic director at Facebook’s Oculus Story Studio and a pioneer in animation and drawing in VR. Fujita is coming to present how they develop projects within VR.
Eric Daniels is a technical director in Disney and has been behind the technical development of several of the studio long films. In his presentation, he will focus on how new development of technical solutions can help the creative process of film production.
Carter Goodrich is one of the world’s best in the field of character design and has worked with characters from movies like Nemo, Ratatouille and Despicable Me. Goodrich will present the work he has done through his over 30 years career as an illustrator and designer.

The course is arranged by Fredrikstad Animation Festival in collaboration with Amandus International Student Film Festival – Lillehammer and E6 – Østfold Media Workshop.

The content and events for young people during the festival are supported by Viken Ung.