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Astrid Goldsmith - Words ad Vision

Astrid Goldsmith: Words and Vision

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Astrid Goldsmith is a writer and animation director. Based in Folkestone, she set up her own stop-motion studio in 2012 and made a string of award-winning short films. She won the Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize in 2022, with her comic ‘A Funeral in Freiburg.’ She is now working on her debut graphic novel, ‘The Crystal Vase’, which will be published in 2024. In this festival event, Astrid discusses the themes and subjects that inspire her work and the challenges of moving between writing and animation.

Astrid Goldsmith’s commercial work includes making the Duracell Bunny, a belligerent troll for Nike, a cyclops elephant for Ford Fiesta, and a Christmas-special music video for Blossoms. She was selected for the BFI/BBC4 Animation 2018 talent scheme, which resulted in her film Quarantine, a post-Brexit pagan fantasy about Morris-dancing badgers. Quarantine was broadcast on BBC4, won the Best Animated Film award at LSFF, and was the third most-watched free film on BFI Player in 2020. She is currently co-writing a feature film with Jessica Hynes for the BFI, and is part of the writing team for a new Netflix animation show. She is a regular Visiting Lecturer at various universities and was a faculty member at Bob and Roberta Smith’s Art School project.

This event will be chaired by Charlie Philips.


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