The largest animation centre in Scandinavia celebrates its 25th birthday

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The Animation Workshop educates animators for film companies, TV producers, VFX studios and game developers all over the world. Now, it’s been 25 years since it all started.

On 1st of October 2013 The Animation Workshop celebrated 25 years of existence. The Animation Workshop was founded in Viborg, Denmark in 1988. 

What started as an activation offer for nonconformist creative souls has become an international power centre for animation, where students from all over the world – including Great Britain – attend lectures by specialists from recognised specialist companies such as Pixar, Aardman and Dreamworks. 

The anniversary was celebrated with an eventful reception in Viborg, where the centre is located, and with an anniversary DVD with the best films of the centre's lifetime. 

25 years of growing 

In the course of its first quarter century, The Animation Workshop has grown, so now the activities include an artist-in-residence programme, further education for professional animators, a drawing school, educational animation theory and much more. The latest development is a whole new line called Graphic Novel – commonly called: Comic strip education. 

”Since 1988, animation has developed from being a niche art form to a key competence in the world of media. The Animation Workshop has grown together with the industry here in Denmark and our students play important roles today, both in the Danish and the international world of animation. It has been – and is! – absolutely great to follow that development”, says Director of Studies Morten Thorning, who has been the head of The Animation Workshop since the beginning. 

Over time, the students of the two animation lines aiming at a Bachelor degree at the centre have created graduation films that have earned nominations and awards at film and animation festivals such as Cannes, Annecy and Stuttgart. The films got millions of ”views” on websites such as Dailymotion, YouTube and Vimeo, and some of them led to commercial success products such as the Smartphone/Tablet game ”Subway Surfers”. 

Denmark’s new animation capital 

The centre has been the basis for a new, professional animation environment in the small town of Viborg. Here, small and medium sized companies work on their own projects and international co-productions – from the ”Walking Dead” games to ”Song of the Sea”, a new movie by the director of the Oscar nominated ”The Secret of Kells”. 

Those of the students that do not found their own company around The Animation Workshop make up most of the Danish animation production in Denmark's capital Copenhagen, or they move abroad and work for companies such as Mac Guff Ligne, Sony Pictures and Cartoon Network. 

The anniversary DVD 

The graduation DVD shows the following films – the links may be distributed freely: 

Contact

For further information, graphic materials, interviews, etc. contact: Erik Barkman

T:+45 87 55 49 82
E: erba@via.dk

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