Animagic was an animation and short film project that gave young people aged 14-19 from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to express the story of their life in the UK through filmmaking. Led by filmmaker Vikaas Mistry from DEFA Media Production, the participants used their own words and created animated illustrations to tell their personal stories. They worked together on an animated film over a period of months, during which they learnt the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking and animation. This project was linked with an associated project run in Banbury, and 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.
Partners on this project were the Animation Station in Banbury, Union Street Centre for Young People, East Street Centre, also Oxford Film and Video Makers for screening, and 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.