Stand-by animation fans! MIAF2012 is coming
together – FAST!
A couple of thousand competition entries are being
processed and watched ONE AT A TIME, great Australian animation
has been posted in, passed along or dropped off, special programs
are gradually emerging from vaults and collections the world over.
Emails are flying, pleas are being pleaded, deals being cut –
we’re pulling out all of the stops and pushing in all of the
starts to make this the best MIAF ever.
Here’s just a sample of the animated
delights that will hit the screens at ACMI from Sunday 17 June to
Sunday 24 June.
OPENING NIGHT GALA SCREENING (unclassified
Mon 18 June,
The only way to begin the gig! A collection of films from right across
the MIAF12 line-up. New films in competition, classics from the special
programs, a first chance to meet the guests, a glimpse at the new
Australian crop and one or two that just didn’t fit into the
program anywhere. Come one, come all – but book early!
OPENING NIGHT TICKETS: Full $25, Conc $20
(Opening Night tix can also be claimed if you buy a full
International Competition Programs (unclassified
> International Program
#1: Tue 19 June, 6.15pm / Fri 23 June,
7.45pm (repeat screening)
> International Program #2: Tue
19 June, 8.00pm / Sat 23 June, 3.30pm (repeat screening)
> International Program #3: Thu
21 June, 6.30pm / Sat 23 June, 5.00pm (repeat screening)
> International Program #4: Thu
21 June, 8.00pm / Sat 23 June, 6.30pm (repeat screening)
> International Program #5:
Fri 22 June, 6.15pm / Sun 24 June, 3.00pm (repeat screening)
> International Program #6: Sat
23 June, 6.00pm / Sun 24 June, 4.30pm (repeat screening)
> International Program #7 Sat
23 June, 7.45pm / Sun 24 June, 6.00pm (repeat screening)
> International Program #8: Abstract Showcase:
Wed 20 June, 6.30pm
> International Program #9: Long Shorts:
Wed 20 June, 8.00pm
> Technique Focus:Live Action / Animation
Hybrid: Sat 23 June, 2.00pm
The best of recently released short animated films
from all over the world, carefully chosen from 2000 or so entries.
They come in from every corner, they use every technique, they can
be funny, dramatic, eye-popping, subdued, documentary or autobiographical.
The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re
the pick of the crop. There are also competition programs focusing
purely on abstract animation and longer shorts.
THE Australian Showcase (unclassified
Sat 23 June, 4.00pm
A strong year for Australian animation. There is masterful CG, beautifully
crafted puppet animation, and skilfully drawn work. All together
it’s the most comprehensive look at a year of animatin’
in this wide, brown/green/wet land. Lovin it!
Don't forget to check out other Australian
Best of the Next 4: Australian: Sun
17 June, 6.30pm
Lee Whitmore Showcase: Wed
20 June, 5.00pm
International Program 6: Abstract Showcase:
Wed 20 June, 6.30pm
International Program #9: Long Shorts: Wed
20 June, 8.00pm
Animation 101 series (includes Alex Stitt): Fri
22 June, 5.15pm
Panorama #4: Australian: Fri
22 June, 6.30pm
Technique Focus: Live Action / Animation Hybrid:
Sat 23 June, 2.00pm
Late Night Bizarre: Sat
23 June, 9.30pm
Stitt – An Australian Pioneer
> Animation 104: Friday
22 June, 5.15pm
We should have done this years ago. But better late than never.
Alex Stitt is in the truest sense of the word one of the pioneering
cornerstones of the Australian animation scene. His feature film
“Grendel Grendel Grendel” was a milestone in Australian
animating when it was released (and was recommended to us by –
among others – Bill Plympton). His animated ads shaped the
TV-scape and gave the box an Australian edge. “Life –
Be In It” is surely a pure classic of the genre. We're very
excited to be presenting his fabulous story.
National's By Design conversation with Alex Stitt
VCA: AN ANIMATED STORY: Special Alumni Screening & Forum - FREE!!
Wed 20 June, 6.30pm
VENUE : Federation Hall,
Grant Street, Victorian College of the Arts
Please note, this is not screening at ACMI Cinemas (see map
The VCA celebrates over 40 years of animation
training at the School of Film and Television with a screening of
selected student animated shorts and a panel discussion between
alumni, staff and current students.
The panel discussion will focus on the importance
of story in the VCA animation experience and will be followed by
a screening of Sarah Watt’s student film “Catch of the
Day” - which was to reflect the style of subsequent work.
Studio Collection (unclassified
In case you haven’t noticed, we’re BIG fans of Polish
animation here. We went back to Poland and sat down with four of the
most important studios there.
#1 STUDIO MINIATUR Tue 19 Jun,
One of Poland’s most prolific and successful studios.
> #2 KRAKOW ANIMATION
STUDIO (aka SFA)
Thu 21 Jun, 8.30pm
Was a home to a veritable who’s who of Polish animation for
all of it’s 40 year history.
#3 SE-MA-FOR Sat 23 June, 1.45pm
Founded in 1947 and has produced over 1500 films including Academy
Award winners “Tango” and “Peter And The Wolf”.
#4 PLATIGE IMAGE Sun 24 Jun, 5.30pm
This new-comer is
showing the rest of the world how to create breathtaking CG animation
with films such as “Fallen Art” and Academy Award nominated
“Cathedral” - as well as being pioneers of 3D stereoscopy
work that leads the way in showing what this technology can REALLY
This extensive series of four different programs
focusing on these four key Polish studios, paints a stunning picture
of what makes Polish animation so strong and so special.
The Art & Times Of Klasky Csupo (unclassified
22 June, 8.00pm
Loved putting this one together, oh yes! Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo
created the iconic Klasky Csupo Studio from scratch in a spare room
in their apartment. It grew to become one of the true greats of the
animation scene giving us the original Simpson’s shorts, the
first three seasons of The Simpson’s TV series, the blockbuster
Rug Rats series and movies, the utterly unique cult classic Duckman,
a galaxy of ads, music videos and shorts – and it provided a
home base for the great Igor Kovalyov to realise some of his greatest
creative auteur films. This program looks at the some of those highlights,
takes a real close-up look at their best UNSCREENED pilots and will
showcase some of Igor Kovalyov’s works. A treat from start to
Halas And Batchelor Retrospective
Sat 23 June, 8.15pm
A showstopper program – and it comes from a town where they
still throw burning tar-pots in the river on Guy Fawkes!! Halas &
Batchelor was for many years the definitive British auteur animation
studio. As well as their animated feature of “Animal Farm”,
they created an entire stable of some of the best and most ground-breaking
British short animated films. Beautifully drawn, gorgeously and generously
coloured, this is but a glimpse of what this studio created in its
40 years of existence.
Japanese Animation At A Glance
Two programs that open the window – at least a little –
on what’s going on in the young Japanese animation scene.
> #1 - Tokyo University
of the Arts: Thu 21 June, 5.00pm
The arrival of legendary Japanese animator Koji Yamamura (“Mt
Head”, “Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor”,
“Muybridge’s Strings” to name but a few) dramatically
and quickly re-energised the Tokyo University of the Arts animation
course into a creative powerhouse of the Japanese animation scene
and the world is beginning to sit up and take notice of its graduates.
This collection looks at some of their more recent graduate works
and shows what a unique torrent of animation has been untapped there.
> #2 - The CALF Collective:
Sun 24 June, 4.00pm
The Calf Collective is a small group of young Japanese indie animators
that decided to pool resources and take their work to the world
under a single banner. It’s worked extremely well with CALF
screenings of one kind or another in a vast array of festivals around
the world in the last 18 months. And now it’s our turn to
check out this group of Japanese indie animation trendsetters.
Of Focus – BELGIUM (unclassified
> Program #1: Tue
19 June, 7.30pm
> Program #2:
Thu 21 June, 5.15pm
Belgium animation draws from a rich and varied set of cultural perspectives.
In part fuelled by some of Europe’s best animation courses
(the best known of which are La Cambre and KASK), the history of
animating in Belgium is a long and rewarding one to explore. With
a LOT of help from Belgium’s own Anima
festival we have compiled a collection of exciting
new and historically varied older animation from the place that
gave us Tin Tin and Asterix.
Phil Mulloy featurE: 'Dead But Not Buried'
Sun 24 June, 2.00pm
Annnnnd …… here comes the latest Phil Mulloy feature,
the final instalment in the absurd melodramatic Christies trilogy.
Raw, rough, made in a hurry by a filmmaker who sets his own pace
and moves his own goalposts. Mulloy's uncompromising rhythm &
stark minimal graphic style promises to challenge with the return
of the irrepressible Mister Christie.
Sat 23 June, 10.15am
Sat 23 June, 12.00pm (repeat screening)
Animation, like childhood, can be just full of wonder with the biggest
pleasures being the simplest ones. This program carefully chosen for
our littlest and most special audience strips away all the soft-sell
toy ads and the over-the-top blockbuster-style special effects and
just delivers up a program of wonderful films full of simple joys.
Of The Next:
International Graduate Animation Festival
> Program #1: International: Sun
17 June, 3.30pm
> Program #2: International: Sun
17 June, 4.30pm
> Program #3: International: Sun
17 June, 5.30pm
> Program #4: Australian: Sun
17 June, 6.30pm
The Australian program @ 6.30pm has sold out,
but we've scheduled a repeat of the session at 7.45pm! Hooray!
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.
& AUSTRALIAN PanoramaS
> Panorama #1 International: Tue
19 June, 6.45pm
> Panorama #2 International: Wed
20 June, 6.45pm
> Panorama #3 International: Thu
21 June, 6.45pm
> Panorama #4 Australian: Fri
22 June, 6.30pm
Four programs of ‘must-see’ films that missed the jury
room consensus. Every bit as eclectic and diverse as the International
Competition programs, this is an essential part of the core MIAF mission,
rounding out our ‘snap-shot’ of the best new international
films. PLUS – of course – the AUSTRALIAN PANORAMA which
gives local animators one more chance to get their work up on the
big screen where it looks best.
Late Night Bizarre
Sat 23 June, 9.30pm
Bad-ass bears, dudes with a variety of willie problems, meat in
all the wrong places, drunk puppets, slimey politicians and a what’s
what of weird sex – it’s all here kiddies!! Come ‘n’
BEST OF THE FEST
Sun 24 June,
Sun 24 June, 10.00pm
The Big Kahuna. The End of the Line. The Best of the Best……
it’s The Best Of The Fest. Judges votes, audience favourites
and a few ‘over-looked’ classics we throw in for good
measure. This is the last chance to see these films before the curtain
comes down for another year. It always sells out so be in early.
Careers IN ANIMATION Forum presented
Thu 21 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.
> Animation 101: Tue
19 June, 5.15pm (unclassified
> Animation 102:
Wed 20 June, 5.15pm (unclassified
> Animation 103: Thu
21 June, 5.15pm (unclassified
> Animation 104, Alex Stitt: Fri
22 June, 5.15pm
Our ever popular series of focused lectures with accompanying short
screenings designed to shine a light on specific topics and expand
our animated horizons. Keep checking in for updates on the topics
– we put ‘em together as we build the festival; that
way they’re good and fresh.
There’s MORE programs in the pipe-line, there will be talks
and forums, special screenings and we are talking to the Society
of Animation Studies (SAS) Conference team about ways to share the
animated love with them.
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