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26 JUNE 2011
BEST OF THE fest announcement
And the results are:
Best of the Fest: Love & Theft
Best Australian: Polo's Robot
> see full list of results

12 JUNE 2011
Four back-to-back student programs kick start MIAF on Sunday 19 June, then the official Gala Opening is Monday 20 June...
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25 MAY 2011
Time to start planning everyone. MIAF has officially kicked off!

20 JANUARY 2011
A huge thanks to everyone who submitted their films for MIAF11. Entries have now most definitely closed :-(

1 JANUARY 2011
Unfortunately because we reached our limit of friends (how amazing is that!), we've closed our friends page and started a fan page. So hop to it and 'like' us @animationfest


MIAF 2011 hits the screen with eight days of the best new animation combined with a diverse collection of themed, retrospective and special programs. Held in June at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, MIAF will undoubtedly become the centre of the international animation universe! Oh yeah! We'll introduce our audience to a comprehensive line-up from award winners, outstanding industry veterans, inspiring independents, stupendous studios and those wonderful newcomers exploring their talent on screen for the very first time. Buckle up folks and start saving your coins for one of the most value friendly passes in town.
We can't wait.

check out what we have instore for you folks
'Millhaven' screening in Focus on Poland 2| Director: Bartek Kulas | Voice: Katarzyna Groniec | Music: Nick Cave

Check out local talent through our Australian Album.

> Opening Night Sneak Peek Gala Screening, Mon 20 @ 7pm
> Best of the Next 4: Australian, Sun 19 @ 6.30pm
> Panorama Program 4: Australian, Wed 22 @ 8.00pm
> Animation 103: Making A Cut-Out Film..,Thu 23 @ 5.15pm
> Animation 104: Multi-platforms.. (Phillipa Finch), Fri 24 @ 5.15pm
> Australian Showcase: Sat 25 @ 4.15pm
> International Prog 6: Abstract Showcase, Wed 22 @ 8.00pm
> Music Video Program, Wed 22 @ 6.30pm
> Late NIght Bizarre, Sat 25 @ 9.30pm

Carly & Andy are the fabulous dynamic duo behind the blog 'The Creative Haven', dedicated to their love of stopmotion animation in Australia. They're busy interviewing some of the filmmakers in MIAF (& even the Director Malcolm Turner!), so head to for a mighty fine read and peek into the wonderful world of frame by frame goodness.

The very special trio of programs exploring the wondrous treasure trove left to us by UPA will be introduced by MIAF’s special guest, Tee Bosustow. Tee is a passionate UPA historian working on a documentary about UPA and is the son of UPA founder, Steve Bosustow (fabulous photo of Tee & Steve above). He is also the director of the LA festival Animazing.

Tee’s direct connection to the UPA story gives him a unique perspective on the people who founded it, the films that were made and the ethos that drove it. That perspective will give these programs a dimension beyond what simply showing the films can achieve. This an event that MIAF and Tee have been working on for four years and we can hardly wait to get started!

> Opening Night Sneak Peek Gala Screening, Mon 20 @ 7pm
> UPA1: The UPA Style, Fri 24 @ 6.15pm
> UPA3: Mister Magoo Collection, Sat 25 @ 2pm
> UPA2: The Classics, Sat 25 @ 7.30pm

Download the catalogue right here.

This unique publication is absolutely chocoblock full of extended program notes (MIAF Director Malcolm Turner's special stream of consciousness contribution!), Q&A's, articles, contact details for films in competition... it's the perfect bookshelf addition, and perfect reading in the club inbetween sessions. No other festival does a catalogue quite like us! Full Festival Pass holders are entitled to a free hard copy. It doesn't get any better than that!

Official 2011 catalogue download
6.94mb) A4 / 94 pages

There's heaps to get excited about with our super affordable Animation 101 series Tue-Fri @ 5.15pm (only $6 a pop) & the totally free Careers in Animation Forum presented by Holmesglen!

tue 21 june, 5.15pm
> animation 101
: Pause Fest - Future Vision
Presenters: George Hedon, Filip Nakic
(unclassified 18+)


wed 22 june, 5.15pm
> animation 102
: Gaming Culture in Animation
Presenter: Paul Callaghan
of FREEPLAY Independent Games Fest

(unclassified 18+)


thu 23 june, 5.15pm
> animation 103
: Making a Cut-out Film
My Good Half - a work in progress

Presenters: Anna Jeffries, Isobel Knowles
(unclassified 18+)


fri 24 june, 5.15pm
> animation 104
: Multi-platforms
Animation In All The Right Places

(A look at The Gradual Demise Of Phillipa Finch)
Presenters: Emma Magenta, Aaron powell, Rachel Okine
(unclassified 18+)


thu 23 june, 7.00pm
careers in animation forum

presented by holmesglen
(all ages)

Lounging @ the fest


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sunday 26 june, 8.00pm
sunday 26 june, 10.00pm (repeat)

MIAF’s big night screens a collection of films selected for awards by our judges and audience, winding up with ‘Best Australian Film’ and the overall ‘Best Of The Festival’.

This joyously unpredictable collection of highlights from the week-long festival will be the last chance to catch these films before we pack ‘em up and send ‘em on to their next festival in lands far, far away. Come one! Come all!

Tickets for Best Of The Fest sell out fast… so book early!

Our sensational 2011 trailers (yes, there are two!) were generously created by Melbourne's very own, John Lewis. This is the first one, ingeniously titled 'Tree' by the MIAF crew (yep, we're a creative mob!). And please also check out the second trailer, which... you guessed it (once you see it)... is called 'Octopus'. Both are made out of paper to carry the theme of our technique focus this year, which is Cut-Outs.


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