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Puppet Masters Animation Conference returns for its sixth time, with a packed day  featuring masterclass talks from animation industry experts who are responsible for some of the best known and best loved animation characters in popular culture.

In Conversation with Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Niki Lindroth von Bahr is an artist and animation director based in Stockholm. Her award winning short films Something to Remember (2019), The Burden (2017), Bath House (2014) and Tord and Tord (2010) have been screened at festivals like Cannes, Berlinale, Toronto and Sundance. The Burden has since its premiere in 2017 won 82 awards, including the Cristal for Best Short Film in Annecy, Best International Short Film in Toronto and Guldbaggen for Best Short Film. Niki got her master degree in fine arts from The Royal Institute of Art in 2016. She is also a costume designer and has worked for artists like Fever Ray and David Bowie.

In Conversation with Astrid Goldsmith

Astrid Goldsmith is an animation director who spent 10 years in the industry as a model maker before setting up Mock Duck Studios in 2012. Astrid’s debut film Squirrel Island went on to compete at many top international film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere & London Film Festival, and won several prizes for Best Film. In February 2019, Astrid was nominated for the Debut Director Award for Quarantine at the Edinburgh TV Festival’s New Voice Awards.

In Conversation with Annika Bluhm

Annika Bluhm is Creative Executive at Dreamworks Animation where she has developed and produced much loved television shows such as Noddy. She was the series producer and head writer on six series of Postman Pat, working on the show for 16 years.
Annika is a member of Animated Women UK and BAFTA.

Postman Pat joins the Archive

To celebrate Waterside's upcoming exhibition Postman Pat: Welcome To Greendale, we'll be giving a sneak peak of what's in the exhibition, including one or two celebrity puppets.

More speakers will be announced soon, so keep an eye on this page.







  1. Nov. 6, 2021, noon → Book Now