Animagic was a short film project that offered young people from diverse backgrounds aged 14-19 the opportunity to express the stories of their life in the UK through filmmaking.


Led by filmmaker Vikaas Mistry from DEFA Media Production, participants were able to use their own words and create animated illustrations to tell their personal stories. They worked together to produce an animated film over a period of months, during which they learnt the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking and animation. The films were screened in Oxford at Oxford Film and Video Makers in 2008.


The group worked with youth centres in the area, and offered a platform for second-generation young people from the Asian Communities in Banbury and Oxford to explore cultural stereotypes about themselves that they have experienced both in the UK and in the country of their family’s origin.


The project was linked with an associated project run in Banbury, and was made in partnership with the Animation Station in Banbury, Union Street Centre for Young People, East Street Centre, and Oxford Film and Video Makers for the screening, including shared events at Ovada and Pegasus Theatre.


The project was supported by Faces of Oxfordshire 2007, Local Network Fund, Oxford Inspires and Oxford City Council.