The Puppet Animation Festival is the UK’s oldest and largest annual festival for children and their families, celebrating its 39th anniversary in 2022. Since 2000 over 250,000 people have attended puppetry and film performances, and participated in workshops, at the Puppet Animation Festival*.

Each year we present puppetry and animated film performances and workshops by leading UK companies, in venues across every corner of Scotland. Usually in Easter these puppet companies travel the length and breadth of the country and its many islands, presenting their work in city centre theatres and arts spaces, urban community and leisure centres, down to the smallest of volunteer-run, remote rural village halls.

In 2021 our festival moved online and continued in our aim to reach as broad and diverse an audience across Scotland as possible. For the first time the festival was accessible to anyone across the country with an internet connection.

Puppet Animation Festival is produced by Puppet Animation Scotland. We champion puppetry, visual theatre and animated film in Scotland and produce two festivals annually.

*Puppet Animation Scotland: Puppet Animation Festival Reports/ 2000-2019


Image: Puppet Animation Festival 2016, THE FISHERMAN AND THE SEAL by Yugen Puppet Theatre. Credit: Andy Catlin