An animated short film, which used parts of Newcastle’s streets to form the backdrop of its fantastic world, will return to its city of inspiration this weekend.

After a successful run at animated short film festivals around the world, Jane Shadbolt’s The Cartographer is finally returning to Newcastle for the International Animation Festival Newcastle 2012.

Ms Shadbolt, who lectures in Visual Communication at the University of Newcastle, spent more than two years producing the film which uses footage of the derelict Fletcher Jones shop top above Hunter Street in downtown Newcastle.

Watch the Cartographer trailer here.

“Through the animation process, I wanted to create a watery Venice streetscape in Australia and I’m hoping that people will recognise the glimpses of Sydney and Newcastle used in the film,” Ms Shadbolt said.

Using a simple Nikon D50 digital camera and an assortment of second-hand lenses purchased from eBay, the stop-motion animation addresses several themes, including identity and geography.

“It was a slow process, but to see the film go around the world and come back to Newcastle is just fantastic,” she said.

The International Animation Festival Newcastle 2012 is screening more than 60 international and award winning short animations on Sunday 28 October at the Conservatorium Concert Hall, corner of Auckland and Laman Streets.

Click here for the full program details.