> International program #1
> International program #2
> International program #3
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> International program #5
> International program #6
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> Abstract Panorama

> International program #9
> The Digital Panorama

> Australian Panorama
> Aeon Flux Collection
> Frame of Mind - Comic Art
.. Meets Animation

> Rosto AD, special guest presents
.. "Mind My Gap" Trilogy

> Korean Panorama #1
> Korean Panorama #2
> Studio Focus: Nukufilm, Estonia
> Masters of Abstraction
> Frederic Back Retrospective
> Animated Documentaries
> Session for the Deaf
> Late Night Bizarre!
> Freaky Fridays - ACMI's Late
...Night Cult Cinema: Fritz The Cat

> Animation Careers Forum
> Animation 101 - 3 sessions
> The Great Australian
...Animation Project Launch

> Workshop: Stop Motion in
.. the Digital Realm

> Kids' Program #1 - under 18s
> Kids' Program #2 - under 18s
International Student
Animation Program
> Student Program #1
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> Student Program #4
> Student Program #5
.. Presentation: YunTech, Taiwan

Sunday 25 June
ACMI Cinema 2

Welcome to MIAF’s first annual Studio Focus. This is the chance to drop in and visit a single studio that is doing great work. This year, MIAF was beguiled by the recent work of Estonia’s puppetfilm studio ‘Nukufilm’ when we visited them earlier in the year. The deal was seeled amongst cramped workshops filled to brim with puppets (and bits of puppets).

Nukufilm is without doubt one of the finest puppet film studios in the world – and has been virtually since it was established almost 50 years ago. Their work is unique and reflects the equally unique nature of Estonia and its culture – a culture affected by the myriad paradoxes of long term, but arms length, Soviet rule. This classic puppet and set design aesthetic weaves and intertwines completely with the open hearted, avante garde flavoured irony and neck-deep surrealist humour which is the hallmark of Estonian animation.

This fine, fine collection of Nukufilm’s most recent releases (including one we programmed on-site while watching a not-quite-finished rough cut over the shoulder of the director) shows the studio is still doing what it has always done best.

The Pearlman
Rao Heidmets, 2006 > 12’00
An intricately textured pearl-puppet character emabrks on an ultimately fruitless endeavour to protect his nation’s indigenous culture.
Brothers Bearhearts
Riho Unt, 2005 > 18’00
A many layered tale of three orphaned bear cubs who travel back to Russia disguised as circus lions after their initial attempt to live in Paris as artists fails.
The Institute Of Dreams
Mati Kutt, 2006 > 10’00
An utterly entrancing, silkily surrealist flying carpet ride of a film featuring a squadron of flying dreaming Dali sandmen, an armed bunny and mysterious footprints in the sand.
Mait Laas, 2005 > 12’00
A personal film of an intensely abstract nature designed to spark each viewer’s imagination and ability to form their own response.
The Table
Jelena Girlin & Mari-Liis Bassovskaja, 2004 > 20’00
An ethereal tour de force which uses a kind of elegant beauty to depict a surprisingly dark side of femininity.

Admission is restricted to 18+
IMPORTANT: Film classification regulations do not allow us to admit any person under the age of 18 years EXCEPT to the Kids Animation 1 & Kids Animation 2.

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