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NIGHT GALA SCREENING (unclassified
Monday 20 June, 7.00pm
Ladies & gentlemen... come and help
us open the festival. We take a collection of the hottest films from
competition, mix them with some of our favourite spicey classics from
the special programs, add in a seasoning of the top new Australian
films and round out the whole shebang with some guest appearances
and a couple of surprises that won’t be screening in any other
part of MIAF. This is the essential MIAF Showbag and the numbers are
OPENING NIGHT TICKETS: Full $25, Conc $20
(Opening Night tix can also be claimed if you buy a full
1: The UPA Style, Friday 24 June, 6.15pm
> UPA 2: The Classics, Saturday 25 June, 7.30pm
> UPA 3: Mister Magoo Collection, Saturday
25 June, 2.00pm
- special $6 tix for kids
Ever heard of Mr Magoo? Gerald McBoing
Boing? Howdy Doody Magic Hat? How about animators such as John Hubley,
Robert “Bobe” Cannon, Steve Bosustow, Zack Schwartz, Dave
Hilberman, Jules Engel, Paul Julian or Gene Deitch? If the answer
is yes then you’ll really want to see these two programs. If
no, then you HAVE to see these two programs. UPA Pictures is an essential,
elemental part of animation history. Born out of the bitter 1941 Disney
strike, it brought together animators who believed in the power of
art and who didn’t believe in the relentless realist approach
to animation design that Disney comprehensively made his own. Together
they took animation off on a whole new path creating enduring characters,
thought-provoking subject matter, and a surprisingly diverse body
of modern work along the way, often pushing the animation envelope.
Tee Bosustow (son of UPA co-founder Steve Bosustow) has helped us
curate these three sublime programs of classics, oddities and UPA
essentials and will journey to MIAF to introduce them, giving us a
first-hand insight into this dynamic chapter of animation history.
> International Program
1: Tue 21 June, 6.15pm
/ Sat 25 June,
> International Program 2: Thu
23 June, 6.15pm
/ Sat 25 June,
> International Program 3: Fri
24 June, 8.00pm
/ Sun 26 June,
> International Program 4:
Sat 25 June,
6.15pm / Sun 26 June,
> International Program 5: Sat
25 June, 7.45pm
/ Sun 26 June,
> International Program 6: Abstract Showcase:
> International Program 7: Long Shorts:
> International Program 8: Supinfocom Is Back!:
The engine room of the whole kit-and-kaboodle!
Eight programs featuring more than 100 of the very best and the very
latest short, animated films. Every style, every genre, every technique.
Your comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the international indie
Saturday 25 June, 4.15pm
One of our most important and popular programs. There aren’t
many opportunities to see Australian animation on the big screen and
each year MIAF probably shows more than any other event in the world.
This is an opportunity to see what Australian animators are doing,
how they’re doing it and how the artform is travelling. After
the screening there is a chance to meet many of the animators, hear
them talk about their films and ask them questions about their work.
If MIAF were a corporation, we’d be calling this our “core
Don't forget to check out other Australian films in Panorama
4: Australian, Best of the Next 4: Australian,
Late Night Bizarre, International
Program 6: Abstract Showcase, Kids Program
and the Animation 101 series of talks.
Focus – Cut-Outs (unclassified
Sunday 26 June, 4.00pm
Every year we curate a program focusing on a specific animating technique.
This year – as promised – it’s cut-outs. On one
level, cut-out animation is a pretty easy technique to grasp. It’s
one of the easiest techniques to teach to kids for example, but the
level of complexity that masters of the form bring to it can breathe
life in to what are nothing more than small pieces of cardboard. The
technique has been a mainstay of many Russian and Eastern European
animators, such as Yuru Norstein, whose graceful little characters
have enchanted audiences for decades. This program mixes a collection
of master works dating back to the 1940s with a selection of recent
works, which are in competition.
On Poland (unclassified
> Focus on Poland 1:
21 June, 6.30pm
> Focus on Poland 2: Wed
22 June, 6.15pm
> Focus on Poland 3:
Saturday 25 June, 9.00pm
Polish animation is simply extraordinary. It has always been so. Our
Masters Of Polish Animation several MIAF’s ago was one of the
most spellbinding programs we have ever screened. Poland’s history
and culture ensures an extraordinary depth in virtually every artform
her artists tackle, and animation, most assuredly, is no exception.
Our recent journey to Poland found contemporary animation there is
as strong as it’s ever been and these three programs demonstrate
a community of animators that have mastered new technologies to astonishing
effect standing shoulder to shoulder with those steeped in the traditions
of exquisite puppet and hand-drawn animation.
York’s Who’s Who (unclassified
21 June, 8.15pm
We’ve been working on this one for years. It’s finally
boiled down to an eclectic, high energy, roll-call of indie animators
working in the Big Apple right now. We’ve visited lofts, semi-legal
studios, schools and film collectives. We’ve been passed DVDs
in festival bars, met animators in lower east side cafes and banged
into them at airports. We’ve racked our memories, chased down
leads and followed up on myths, legends and tall tales – probably
using up every favour we have in the City That Never Sleeps. So,
time to show some films already!!
Is Back!! (unclassified
Friday 24 June,
Year after year, students
from France’s Supinfocom school have been sending us stunning
graduation reels and, year after year, we’ve been showin’
‘em! But last year there was no Supinfocom grad reel because
they switched from a four-year course to a five-year course. But they’re
back! The latest Supinfocom graduation reel is the first from that
five-year course and the results are stunning!! So stunning, in fact,
that we have devoted an entire competition program to the best of
(see also Le Lab d'Images Collection)
Pack Film Tribute (unclassified
Saturday 25 June, 6.00pm
down a certain street in Vienna (which feels, for all the world, like
Brunswick St, Melbourne circa 2000), search out a door with a tiny
sign that reads, ‘Six Pack Film’, ring the bell and ….VOILA,
enter a treasure trove of Austrian experimental and abstract film.
Abstract Nirvana! Shelf after shelf of DVDs, VHS tapes, a climate
controlled room of 16mm and 35mm films, books, magazines, artwork.
To be sure, it’s a specialised taste, but if this kind of filmmaking
intrigues, inspires, confounds and excites you as much as us then
you’ve just found a second home. Six Pack Film is another distributor
that MIAF has featured pretty much every year. Often, their films
have formed the backbone of our Abstract Showcase and, always, their
annual package of submissions is one of our postal highlights. Often
challenging and uncompromising, Six Pack Film titles are at the forefront
of the abstract and experimental animation scene and this program
reaches back deep into their archive to make that point.
22 June, 8.00pm
A collection of in-competition, recently released films focusing entirely
on abstract and experimental animation. Outstanding examples of non-narrative,
highly imaginative cinematic art and some of the most intriguing,
challenging and rewarding films in competition.
by RMIT (unclassified 15+)
21 June, 8.00pm
Our annual wrap-up of hi-end, hi-concept digital splendours from
one of the great mother lodes of the form – SIGGRAPH USA and
Mister Christie (unclassified
-- FEATURe --
26 June, 5.30pm
We don’t show many features at MIAF. But this is Phil Mulloy!!
His short films (particularly the Intolerance Trilogy) have been some
of the most unique and acerbic inclusions in our programs and have
won Best of Fest awards in years gone by. Phil was ill the week they
were doing ‘Compromise 101’ at film school and his films
are all the better for it. And, it would be fair to say, he’s
never been a slave to the notion of fine art. His films are often
(in fact, normally) a gut-punch delivered with a paint brush. They
hold up a sort of pseudo-mirror that somehow reflects where we might
be about to go (typically some version of hell). And they are made
by a man in a hurry. These images burst from the screen in much the
same way as they were probably thrown down on the page in the first
place. They can be ugly and contradictory. For his feature, Phil has
parked his brushes and plugged in a tablet. The look has changed a
bit, so has the pacing, even some of the anger has been given a seat
but that strange mirror his films put in front of us is still in our
face. The Christies feel like ‘un-people’ and they live
in a world where talk is cheap, friends aren’t really friends
and nothing that anybody says seems definitive or important. Sound
familiar? To quote a certain Richard who may not want his name splashed
across MIAF’s website … “one of the most accomplished
pieces of quintessential freakery I’ve seen in a good long while”.
> read interview with MIAF Director
SONG / Taevalaul (unclassified
Mati Kutt (Estonia)
-- FEATURe --
25 June, 3.15pm
Only the Estonian’s can make these kind of joyously confounding
films – and we love them! Challenging, highly interpretive,
wickedly entertaining – a trolley full of constantly twisting
symbolism being pulled along at the end of a slightly fraying surrealist
rope. Way more than a simple tale about a postman trying to deliver
a package to the moon, Sky Song is an ode for all of those who like
Saturday 25 June, 11.30am
A very special program of films selected to spark the imaginations
of our most special audience. Heaps better than Saturday morning TV
and not a toy ad in sight.
Of The Next: (unclassified
The International Graduate Animation Festival
Sunday 19 June, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm. 6.30pm
A ‘festival within a festival’. Four diverse programs
looking at the next generation of indie animators from a variety of
angles. There are two programs of the best international student films
drawn from more than 60 different schools in 25 countries; a screening
of the Royal College of Arts (UK) 2010 graduates – AND
we round the whole shebang off with a program spotlighting the Australian
student animation scene.
College of Art’s (RCA’s) 25th Anniversary
23 June, 8.30pm
London’s Royal College of Art animation department has been
doing what they do best for 25 years – where does the time go?!
There hasn’t been a year that MIAF hasn’t happily played
a healthy number of RCA films in competition and with the grand ‘Three-Oh’
ticking over we decided it was time to do a stock-take on the hundreds
of films that have been created there. But where to begin? In true
MIAF style we went straight to the top – that would be Joan
Ashworth, Professor and Head of Animation at RCA. Despite being nearly
an hour late (a classic London distance calculation misfire common
to us simple country folk not savvy to the ways of the big city) we
were gifted a collection of RCA’s ‘best’ 100 films.
This is now one of our most treasured possessions and the temptation
was to leave immediately before they changed their minds and asked
for them back. From that staggering collection of animated wonderfulness
comes this tribute to 25 years of outstanding animation craft. Giving
the tribute a certain symmetry is a program featuring a collection
of films drawn entirely from the RCA’s 2010 graduating class,
which will be included in the Best of the Next
Graduate screenings. In the way these things often work out at
MIAF, the whole deal was nailed down over a roast chook in Estonia
… but that’s another story.
PROJECT' COLLECTION (UK) (unclassified
24 June, 7.45pm
Britain has been a world leader in producing stunning auteur animation.
At the centre of this for 25 years has been ‘Animate Projects’,
an organisation dedicated to funding and producing a stunning armada
of brilliant films. This program attempts to bring together a dynamic
fistful of their best.
& AUSTRALIAN PanoramaS (unclassified
Wednesday 22 June
> Panorama 1: International:
> Panorama 2: International:
> Panorama 3: International:
> Panorama 4: Australian: 8.00pm
Introduced two festivals ago, and going
from strength to strength, MIAF’s fourback-to-back Panorama
Programs offer a short, sharp survey of films that missed out on jury
room consensus but are just too good not be screened. And
this year we have added an Australian Panorama, solely for local films!
This is where some of the festival's gems reside, so at $6
a session, there's absolutely no excuses.
Night Bizarre (unclassified
Saturday 25 June, 9.30pm
MIAF’s annual, ever popular, irresistible, train-wreck of
a program – you wanta turn away but you can’t. Expect
insane prison inmates, robust insect sex, an experiment involving
a long spike and an ass … well, you get the picture. There’s
more too but these were the only plots we could publish.
IN ANIMATION Forum presented
(unclassified all ages)
23 June, 7.00pm
Our annual FREE Careers Forum will be back with its no-holds-barred
look into what it takes to get a foothold in the animation industry
– and what it takes to stay there.
101 series (unclassified
101: Pause Fest - Future Vision:
Tue 21, 5.15pm
102: Gaming Cutlure in Animation:
Wed 22, 5.15pm
103: Making a Cut-Out Film - 'My Good Half' a work in progress:
Thu 23, 5.15pm
104: MultipPlatforms - Animation In All The Right Places (The
Gradual Demise Of Phillipa Finch) :
Fri 24, 5.15pm
A series of short, sharp, straight-to-the-point, intensive little
download presentations about a specific element of animation and/or
a film in the line-up.
be a club, the return of our Opening
Night Gala screening, the always sold-out Best
Of The Festival presented by JMC
Academy, the Closing Night Party and much more animation loving.
It ain’t over til the Fat Man sings …
and he’s only warming up!