‘Animagic’ was a filmmaking project that offered a diverse group of young people aged 14-19 the opportunity to express their voice about life in the UK. The participants used their own words and animated illustrations to express their personal stories, and worked together to create an animated film over a period of months. During the project, they learned the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking and animation.
The films were screened in Oxford at Oxford Film and Video Makers in 2008.
The project was led by Vikaas Mistry with DEFA Media Production, and was linked with an associated project that ran in Banbury.
This group worked with youth centres in the local area and second-generation young people from the Asian communities in Banbury and Oxford. These young people were offered a platform to explore cultural stereotypes they had experienced both in the UK and in the country of their family’s origin.
Groups involved in the project were Animation Station in Banbury, Union Street Centre for Young People, East Street Centre, Oxford Film and Video Makers for screening. This also included shared events at Ovada and Pegasus Theatre.
The project is associated with Faces of Oxfordshire 2007, Local network Fund, Oxford Inspires and Oxford City Council.