South West Animation Network


SWAN is an emerging network of animation professionals, artists, writers, educators and curators in the South West region of England. The impetus for this network is to connect and encourage collaborations, support and exchange within the region.

Join us:Membership is free and welcomes:

  • Professionals
  • Educators
  • Students
  • Curators
  • Enthusiasts .
  • Prospective clients

Find out more about SWAN

SWAN NEWS: SWAN's recent skills survey has resulted in a professional week long course: After Effects for 2D Animators - to be run at Spider Eye, Cornwall's leading animation company, in December. Click here for details and booking

Schools workshops to continue

Making a Shadow Puppet Show, photo H.Lisk

Although the Animated Exeter festival is not taking place, we are still able to plan exciting workshops with you for your students.

Animation in the Classroom for the whole class (or less) can enrich the curriculum or breakout with something completely different -e.g. BBC's Ten Pieces project

CPD for staff interested in developing animation in the classroom.

Specialist workshops for budding young animators aged 14+ have an emphasis on higher education and careers.

Buy "The Exeter Riddles"

The Exeter Riddles by Philip Reeve. photo Helen Lisk Photography

The Exeter Riddles is a unique and exclusive short story by Philip Reeve, commissioned for Animated Exeter. It has been printed beautifully by the Exeter based Short Run Press in a high quality hard back green fabric cover with gold foil print.The story centres on the ‘history leaks’ in sites and streets of Exeter that spark great adventures.

The book serves not only as an exciting story for 8-12 year olds, but a wonderful gift and keepsake for anyone interested in Exeter’s History.

To order a copy for £7.99 + £1.10 UK 01392 270253 or email

or for our excellent Audio CD on sale for £6.50, email

Animated Exeter 2014 Showcase Now Touring

365 dir. The Brothers McLeod UK 2014

Available NOW to show at a screen near you for a limited period only.

The very best animation screened at the festival, including 2014 award winners is now on DVD or hard drive and available for hire. Click below for the flyer and the full programme:

Animated Exeter 2014 Showcase suitable for over 15s, running time 75 mins

Download the programme notes here

Animated Exeter 2014 Children's Showcase suitable for 5 - 12s, running time 72 mins

Download the programme notes here

Both programmes are approx 75 mins in length and contain a kaleidoscope of animation styles from around the World. To book contact Susannah Shaw

£30 for Adult Showcase / £25 Children's Showcase

Young & Animated Saturday Club starts 6th Sept

Learning Flip Boom Cartoon, supported by Toon Boom

In partnership with Exeter Phoenix, Saturday mornings may never be the same again. If you are between 8-15 years old and fancy learning more about animation or have already started but need guidance.

This group offers the option to have a go at both Digital and Stop Motion animation – with the chance to combine your creations in both media. The course is run by highly-trained animators / filmmakers and is suited both to those experienced in animation and those curious to make a start – offering the chance for plenty of development and experimentation. There will be a special screening of the films produced at the end of the course.

The next course runs from Sat 6th September till Sat 11th October. 10 - 1pm at Exeter Phoenix

Class size max 20. £75 for full course. More details here exeterphoenixor call 01392 667080 to book.

Your workshops on Vimeo

Falimation workshop photo  S Shaw

Most of the animation workshop films are on our Vimeo site now, have a look and see if you can spot yours! If you haven't already - please let us know what you thought of the festival on our feedback survey.

Contact Us

Animated Exeter


Tel: +44 (0) 7946 348103