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Cardiff Animation Nights (CAN) are free monthly screenings of great animation from around the world at The Underdog in the centre of Cardiff and online live on our YouTube channel. We screen some of the best animated short films from the global animation festival circuit, giving people in Cardiff a chance to watch independent animation on the big screen and meet like-minded people. ​


Cardiff Animation Nights has been running for 8 years, and has grown from our first event in the back of a small venue in Cardiff to just 20 people, to a monthly in-person and online event in Cardiff with over 120 people attending each month.


Cardiff Animation Nights is run by a team of animators and animation lovers in Cardiff, led by Ellys Donovan and Lauren Orme, with help and support from numerous individuals and organisations from the animation community in Cardiff and further afield.

In 2023 for the first time, we opened submissions for Cardiff Animation Nights! Each month animated short films will be selected to be screened at the monthly Cardiff Animation Nights either online or in-person and a favourite film were selected by our industry jury including, Osbert Parker, Helen Brunsdon, Jon Rennie, Eiko Meredith & Sally Griffith. In December 2023 all the films selected by the jury were screened and a winning film was selected by the audience! Find out more about the awards here!

Cardiff Animation Nights has a rolling deadline. You will receive a notification if your film has been selected. If you haven't heard from us this means your film is still in the running to be featured! 


Cardiff Animation Nights is a separate event to Cardiff Animation Festival. 


Thursday 18th January 2024- Cardiff Animation Nights In Venue
Thursday 8th February 2024 - Cardiff Animation Nights In Venue
Thursday 28th March 2024 - Cardiff Animation Nights Online
Thursday 25th April 2024 - Cardiff Animation Nights In Venue


Wherever possible we try and keep all of our events free.  If you want to support what we do and help us to continue, you can make a one-off or regular donation via PayPal by clicking Donate below or support us monthly via Patreon. If you think you could help us with any of our events and want to talk to us about becoming a volunteer, get in touch – we'd love to hear from you.

Thanks to our supporters
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