Oh boy oh boy... 2013 will be longer, wider, deeper and with more newness and goodness than ever. How do we do it? Who knows. WHY do we do it? Coz we gotta – there’s just so much incredible work to watch and discuss. And this year we're promising more of both.

Here’s an overview of what’s comin’ down the pipeline for MIAF 2013 (details are subject to change as we prod & squeeze & bend!).

MIAF13 Pocket Guide (7.15mb)

RENDER Animation Conference Flyer (627kb)



The only way to begin the gig! A collection of films from right across the MIAF13 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!

> Thu 20 June, 7.00pm


RENDER: The First Annual MIAF Conference

RENDER Animation Conference Flyer (627kb)

Our first annual two-day conference will take an in-depth look at a variety of topics and issues that shine a colourful light on the artform of animation.

Expect authoritative explanations on a diverse range of topics and a range of evening screenings that relate to some of the topics presented during the day sessions.

> RENDER: Animation Conference:
Fri 21 June + Sat 22 June, 10.00am – 5.00pm + evening screenings


The MIAF Symposium – CG Animation
PASSES: full $65 / concession $55
Or buy a MAXI Pass and the Symposium is included!

For five nights, MIAF takes over ACMI’s ‘Studio 1’ space to run an on-going symposium, this year, taking a look at Computer Generated (CG) animation from five different angles. With the help of some international guests and co-curators, each session will feature an expert introductory overview, a screening and a panel/Q&A session.

> #1: Machinima Then And Now: Mon 24 June, 8.00pm
> #2: SIGGRAPH Highlights: Tue 25 June, 8.00pm
> #3: Prix Ars Electronica Highlights: Wed 26 June, 8.00pm
> #4: CG Animation In Australia – Future Tense: Thu 27 June, 8.30pm
> #5: Stylised 3D Animation, An Exploration: Fri 28 June, 8.00pm


The Best New International Animation

The backbone of the whole MIAF mission. Somehow we’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,350 entries with enough strength and enough wits intact to put together a series of programs that showcase the best 200 or so films.

There are FIVE ‘general’ International Competition Programs PLUS some specialist competition programs including our ever popular ‘Abstract Showcase’ and ‘Long Shorts’ programs. On top of that, we’re ploughing our way towards showing an entire competition program of new 3D stereoscopic shorts as well.

Rounding out the collections of new international films on show will be THREE ‘Panorama’ (i.e. out of competition) films to make sure we find an avenue to screen the films that came in late, didn’t quite tick every box the judges were looking for or just somehow missed out on the jury room consensus.

Soooooo ... the PROVISIONAL schedule for the International Competition programs looks like this:

> International Program #1: Sat 22 June, 7.00pm (repeats Sat 29 June, 3.30pm)
> International Program #2: Mon 24 June, 6.30pm (repeats Sat 29 June, 5.00pm)
> International Program #3: Wed 26 June, 6.30pm (repeats Sat 29 June, 6.30pm)
> International Program #4: Fri 28 June, 6.30pm (repeats Sun 30 June, 4.00pm)
> International Program #5: Sat 29 June, 6.00pm (repeats Sun 30 June, 5.30pm)
> International Program #6 – Abstract Showcase: Wed 26 June, 6.30pm
> International Program #7 – Long Shorts: Wed 26 June, 8.15pm
> International Program #8 – 3D Stereoscopic Shorts: Sat 22 June, 8.30pm

Annnnnnd ... for those who want to dabble in the edgy, unpredictability of the International Panorama programs, that schedule currently looks like this:

> International Panorama #1: Mon 24 June, 6.45pm
> International Panorama #2: Tue 25 June, 6.45pm
> International Panorama #3: Wed 26 June, 6.45pm




OK, technically not lost but they’ve been buried deep for a long time. Alex Stitt is a true pioneering godfather of Australian animation. His most famous work includes the Slip Slop Slap and Life: Be In It TV campaigns but he created not one but TWO animated features … one of them in a unique form of stereoscopic 3D.

Getting Alex to present some of these highlights at MIAF last year opened an Aladdin’s cave of treasures we could never have dreamed of – and MIAF13 is where it all comes together.

Firstly, it unearthed a NEVER SCREENED pristine 35mm print of his first feature Grendel Grendel Grendel.

This is way too good an opportunity to let slip by and MIAF has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to create a digital copy of this precious icon so that it can again be screened and preserved for all time.

Head to www.pozible.com/grendelfund & www.grendel.fund for the all important details.

The second thing that emerged from the vapours of Alex’s MIAF appearance last year was a phone call that led us to a long-lost stash of the uniquely engineered 3D glasses required to watch his second feature Abracadabra in the format it was intended to be seen. This film had no public screening in Australia and this makes its MIAF 13 screening (complete with a souvenir copy of the special glasses) a not-to-be-missed experience.

In MIAF’s 13-year history, this is absolutely the most exciting thing we’ve been able to pull off. Hands down!

> 'Grendel Grendel Grendel' (1981): Sun 30 June, 5.00pm
> 'Abracadabra' in 3D (1983): Thu 27 June, 6.30pm

Canadian Indie Showcase – 3 Program Survey

Canada holds an iconic and unique position in the world of indie, auteur animation. Beyond her network of world class schools and the iconic institution known as the National Film Board of Canada is a vast, diverse and outrageously gifted community of fiercely independent animators that stretches from one coast to the other and makes do with whatever resources they can muster. Combined, their output is staggering in scope and scale and these three programs have been put together to paint a picture of one of the biggest unconnected animating collectives there is – the modern Canadian indie animators. Toronto filmmaker Patrick Jenkins personifies the Canadian indie spirit in every way. He has generously helped curate these programs, will be hosting our filmmaking workshop and will add his Canadian flare to the screenings by introducing each of the programs.

> Canadian Indie Showcase #1: Mon 24 June, 8.15pm
> Canadian Indie Showcase #2: Tue 25 June, 8.15pm
> Canadian Indie Showcase #3: Sat 29 June, 8.00pm


Special Guest - Koji Yamamura

Koji Yamamura is a living treasure. His films redefine the term ‘enchanting’ and his technique and style defines him as a true master animator.

His earlier career was defined by a body of stunning, utterly beguiling and ageless children’s animation. His latter work is aimed more at adults and has an uncanny ability to reach in and attach itself to the part of our imaginations we thought we had surrendered years ago. On top of that, he is also a teacher at the Tokyo University of the Arts which turns out one of the world’s finest graduation classes year after year.

Koji travels to MIAF to present these three separate facets of his animated work in three different programs. As well as an opportunity to experience a stunning collection of exceptional animation, this is a chance for a comprehensive, up-close insight into one of the greatest animating imaginations working today.

> Tokyo University of the Arts 2013 Grad Films: Fri 21 June, 6.00pm
(part of RENDER Animation Conference, but screening is also open to the public)

> Koji Yamamura Retrospective + Q&A: Sun 23 June, 7.00pm
> Koji Yamamura Kids Films Collection: Sat 29 June, 2.00pm

We're also thrilled to announce that Koji will also be a Key Note Speaker in
RENDER: Animation Conference, MIAF's inaugural event at ACMI.

> Head here for more details.


Portland Focus

There’s something pretty special about Portland. Bill Plympton and Matt Groening hail from there, as does Gus Van Sant. Claymation pioneering maestro Will Vinton established himself there and master animators such Joanna Priestley, Joan Gratz and Jim Blashfield all call it home. It’s even home to the rising giant killer Studio Laika, which has given us Coraline and ParaNorman. So … wassup in Portland? The locals will tell you this animating phenomenon is a result of unrelenting rain but who knows. Whatever the cause, we are richer for it. This program showcases some great films and a history of one of the true animating capitals of the world, which, for a city not much bigger than Newcastle or less than half the size of Adelaide , has been punching WAY above its weight for 40 years.

> Portland Focus - Fri 28 June, 8.15pm



As usual, MIAF pulls out all the stops to bring as much new Australian animation to the big screen as we can. There is the annual ‘Australian Showcase’, an ‘Australian Panorama’ program and a dedicated Australian Student program (which SOLD OUT last year so get in quick) in our ‘Best Of The Next: Graduate Animation Festival’. Each of these programs has their own remit and programming logic but together they present easily the most comprehensive picture of new Australian animation today.

> Australian Student Showcase - Best of the Next: Sun 23 June, 3.30pm
> Australian Panorama: Thu 27 June, 5.30pm
> Australian Showcase: Sat 29 June, 4.00pm


100 Years Of Lithuanian Animation

Lithuania draws deeply from the same well that has sustained eastern European animation since the artform was invented. Infused with elements of dark fairy-tales; centuries of sculptural and visual arts practice; a certain need to ‘surrealise’ narratives for political purposes; and the full range of social and cultural influences, challenges and upheavals; the best Lithuanian animation can be challenging and compelling in equal measure as well as being able to offer a window into the history of the country for those with the right eyes. And it all started 100 years ago when one of the founding fathers of animation, Ladlislaw Starewich, started manipulating his little bugs, which enthralled audiences as much then as they do now.

> Milestone: 100 Years of Lithuanian Animation: Sun 30 June, 2.45pm


And Talking Of Talking …

Our ever popular ‘Animation 101’ series will make yet another triumphant return. The best topics always find us as we bring the program together and that process is still raining down possibilities that have us drenched to the core with ideas. Watch this space.

> Animation 101: Mon 24 June, 5.15pm
> Animation 102: Tue 25 June, 5.15pm

> Animation 103: Wed 26 June, 5.15pm



This year we’ve gone all out and put together TWO programs for two different age groups. Two programs. Too good! Enchanting, engaging and imaginative animation without a toy ad or product placement in sight. Animation the way it’s meant to be for our most discerning audience.

> Kids Program 3 – 6 Years: Sat 29 June, 11.00am
> Kids Program 7 – 10 Years: Sun 29 June, 12.30pm

And these programs will be followed by the amazing collection of Koji Yamamura’s Kids animation

> Koji Yamamura Kids Program: Sat 29 June, 2.00pm



We know a lot of people love the crazy-wild stuff. We’ve heard you guys! So check this out.

Late Night Bizarre
Crazy, scary, confounding, hella-puzzling. Buckle up Spankey, it’s deja-bizarre time again! Animals seem to be disproportionately featured this year, premature death experiences, a nuanced dissertation on finger eating, clowns going bad, unique and new ways to look at raw meat and even some pretty special ads for stuff you really don’t want.


Animation Xcess
Every year we get more than 2,000 entries and – trust us – there is some REALLY wild stuff in there. Animation is the artform that really cuts loose, supercharges and celebrates some of the wildest imaginations on the planet. It is THE vehicle to visualise the most improbable ideas, the most radical of creative transitions and to hoist up on the screen the most over-the-top ideas. Late Night Bizarre is a great wharf to tie some of those boats to but not every uber-animation fits that vibe. Enter ‘Animation Xcess’, a home for the extreme idea, the impossible-to-describe plot and the bone-fide bubbling-over-the-brim excess of imaginative animating juice.

> Animation Xcess: Sat 22 June, 8.45pm
> Late Night Bizarre: Sat 29 June, 9.15pm


Careers Forum, presented by holmesglen

In conjunction with Holmesglen, our annual Careers Forum returns. A general discussion amongst established industry panelists and the audience about the animation industry including job opportunities, realistic salary expectations and how to get your foot in the door. The panel will address the diversity of the industry including opportunities to specialise in different fields and work overseas. All aspects relevant to a career in animation will be covered with the aim to assist you in deciding if this is the career for you and what skills you need to enter this industry.

> Thu 27 June, 7.00pm



The Pain And The Pity – Phil Mulloy
The third – and presumably final – installment in the mercurial ‘Christies’ animated features by the equally mercurial bad-boy of British animation, Phil Mulloy. Raw, roughly hewn images knitted together with a unique system of narrative structuring, bashed into existence using the tools and resources of our age and plastered onto the big screen with the customary ‘take it or leave’ Mulloy energy.
Mulloy’s latest animated short The Banker will kick off this screening.

Persistence Of Vision – Kevin Schreck
The untold story of the greatest animated film NEVER made. Striving to make the greatest animated film of all time, visionary animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) toiled for more than a quarter of a century on his masterpiece – only to have it torn from his hands. Schreck has woven together mind-blowing animation, rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with key animators and artists who worked with Williams on his ill-fated magnum opus.

> The Pain And The Pity (Phil Mulloy): Fri 21 June, 7.30pm
> Persistence Of Vision (Kevin Schreck): Sat 29 June, 7.30pm


AND DON’T FORGET... best of the next

Best Of The Next: The International Graduate Animation Festival
We received graduation reels from more than SIXTY of the best animation and film schools in the world. We selected the best of these and put them in front of a couple of student juries and they came up with these THREE programs of the very best international student animation. Throw in our Australian Student Animation Showcase and you have a pretty fantastic window into the future of animation.

> Best Of The Next – Australian Student Animation Showcase: Sun 23 June, 3.30pm
> Best Of The Next – International #1: Sun 23 June, 4.30pm
> Best Of The Next – International #2: Sun 23 June, 5.30pm
> Best Of The Next – International #3: Sun 23 June, 6.30pm



Filmmaker’s Flip-Book ‘Make A Film’ Workshop
Patrick Jenkins (Canada)

We saw a version of this go completely off (in a good way, of course) in London last year and poached the idea over a beer. Outstanding and exceptionally resourceful Canadian indie animator extraordinaire Patrick Jenkins has agreed to run a very hands-on workshop focusing on the intricacies of creating weird and wild flipbook animations. Patrick will then take this eclectic array of animations home and gently craft them into a finished film that will be premiered at the opening of MIAF 2014. This is an outstanding opportunity to learn the very fundamentals of what it takes to actually translate an idea in to a moving, animated image one frame at a time. Positions are limited. We'll let you know details closer to the festival.

> Flip Book Workshop info!



Ah yes... 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.

> Best of the Fest: Sun 30 June, 7.00pm (repeats Sun 30 June, 9.00pm)




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