Full programme release! Including full masterclass programme - Fredrikstad Animation Festival

Full programme release! Including full masterclass programme

Now the festival’s complete programme is out! Our famous masterclasses are back for 2021. There are a total of 135 films, 24 speakers, and 20 events and seminars! There is something to look forward to for everyone!


Fredrikstad Animation Festival’s well-known masterclass present three creative professionals who have distinguished themselves in various ways in the animation-, design-, and film industries. On Friday 22 October, Grant Orchard, the creator of Hey Duggie, will give the audience insight into how he developed the series’ idea, design, and premise. Brazilian Bee Grandinetti is an award-winning animator, designer and director, and will in her master class focus on how to develop projects and share her experiences of working with the professional part of the industry. The seminar series will end with a lecture by the multimedia artist Uri Kranot, who will talk about how he, in collaboration with his partner, Michelle Kranot, develops their award-winning films for various platforms such as short films, VR and installations.

Grant Ochard has created a myriad of striking TV spots and is a creator of the children’s TV series Hey Duggie. He has won several Emmy, BAFTA, and D&AD awards. Grant’s distinctive style is crucial to his success, and the Oscar-nominated Morning Stroll, the short film Welcome To Glaringly and the unique Park Foot Ball are also well-known works. In this masterclass, Grant will present how he developed Hey Duggie and built up the AKA studio. He will also discuss how the award-winning Studio AKA works and how he established an independent studio in London’s animation scene.

Uri Kranot and his partner Michelle Kranot’s work has expanded beyond the traditional. The projects they work on, and the presents, are distinguished by the fact that they extend the concept of animation beyond the traditional, such as traditional crafts, and new technologies – into contemporary experiences. They are the founders of the production company TinDrum and the producers and creative directors of ANIDOX. In this masterclass, Uri will discuss his experiences with immersive storytelling. He will focus the conversation on The Hangman at Home as a multi-platform experience.

Bee Grandinetti works as an animation director, designer, and animator. Grandinetti has honed her skills across the globe and has extensive experience in crafting 2D characters full of personality and warmth. In this masterclass, she will tell us about her process and experience working on the commercial side of the industry. Bee will share her knowledge developing projects for clients big and small and will give us insight on how her approach evolved throughout the years.

Guest of honour, Morten Thorning, is also part of our seminar program with master classes on Friday 22. October. We hope you look forward to it as much as we do!



You can browse the complete FAF 2021 schedule here. 

Or see an in-depth look at this year’s events and seminars here.


The festival will take place in various venues in the center of Fredrikstad. Wondering where and what the venues are? Catch up on the new venues below.

Fredrikstad Kino
The municipal cinema of Fredrikstad is the main festival venue, where most of the screenings and seminars take place. The cinema is a multiplex cinema with six screens, equipped with the most advanced cinema technology. It has been awarded Norwegian Cinema of the year several times.

TÆPS is a popular local bar in the centre of Fredrikstad. It’s a great place to grab a drink or burger throughout the festival. Their regular Thursday night quiz will be themed around animation in celebration of the festival. Later in the evening, they will host a short film programme, Midnight Madness.

Hoi Polloi
The best wine and sake bar in Fredrikstad. Hoi polloi opened in 2019 and quickly became a natural partner for the festival. They will host the “Abstraction” short film programme.

Blender Collective
The co-working space that houses the FAF staff. This venue is available as a lounge and meeting area on Thursday and Friday to INDUSTRY ALL ACCESS pass holders.

Gamlebyen Kulturhus
Gamlebyen, a well-preserved and vibrant fortress town, is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. The Gamlebyen Kulturhus was established in the summer of 2014 and consists of a hall with a stage and café. Just a short free ferry ride from the town centre.

Gamlebyen Kino
Gamlebyen Kino is located in the heart of the Old Town, Fredrikstad. Since 2005, this cinema has operated in a closed bakery with both an outdoor and indoor venue. There are occasional projections of 8, 16 and 35 mm films, as well as digital screening.

Fredrikstad Bibliotek
The library opened on 28 January, 1926. It has since been a cultural hub as a public library, exhibition space and concert hall. The “VR Exhibited” programme will be available for festival attendees and the library will also host the Character Workshop.

The building opened with a big ball on January 6, 1876 when the town’s bourgeois needed a banquet location. It was the house for a club called Fønix where they enjoyed conversations and card games modeled after English men’s clubs. To mark the conclusion of the Nordic-Baltic competition, an Award Ceremony followed by an afterparty will be held in this neo-classic building.