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10.00am-5.00pm
RENDER Animation Conference Day 1  15+
The RENDER Animation Conference is a unique opportunity for filmmakers, educators, students and industry to engage with an impressive roster of international and local animation experts and practitioners. Day 1 includes:
> 'Breaking Into Animating for Television' with Stu Connolly (Sticky Pictures - 'Dukes of Broxstonia', Duncan Imerger (Suitcase Murphy - 'Australian Encounters series'), Mel Roach (Frederator & The Cartoon Network - 'Rocket Dog'), Andrew Davies (Studio Moshi - 'The Day My Butt Went Psycho')
> 'Why Abstract Animation Matters' with Sabrina Schmid (Teesside University, UK) and Paul Fletcher (VCA, Melb)
> 'Our Two Most Important Centenaries' - celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Norman McLaren and getting the ball rolling for 2015 which marks the 100th anniversary of the first animated film ever screened in Australia.
> 'Trans-Cultural Adaption for Asian Animation' with Key Note Speaker Hannes Rall who is Assoc Prof, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University.

Cinema 1
6.00pm
FEATURE: The Stressful Adventures Of Boxhead & Roundhead  15+
Originally from Melbourne, Elliot Cowan has been living in New York animating for a range of USA cable networks and distributors, including Nick Toons and Cartoon Network. One of his most successful personal projects has been a series of hilarious shorts featuring his hapless duo of anti-heroes Boxhead ane Roundhead. Recently, Cowan decided to star these two lovable little seekers in their own animated feature. The duo never have good days, but they never give up searching for their own uniquely imagined solutions and small truths that make life worth persevering with. For his feature, Cowan has held onto the simple, graphic design of his two leads, but has rolled out a much more lush and intriguing range of backgrounds and environments. The writing is snappy, the voiceover work is pitch perfect and the look of the entire piece is graphically clever. This isn't a slick CG blockbuster. It instead musters the creative resources on hand to embody what an animated feature is supposed to be like.

SPECIAL GUEST
Cowan will introduce this screening and also appears as a panelist in the RENDER Keynote Presentation 'How To Fund, Make & Distribute a True Indie Feature' on Saturday 21 June with Academy Award Winner Adam Elliot, and MIAF Special Guest Chris Sullivan (USA), whose feature 'Comsuming Spirits' screens Sunday 29 June 5pm.

8.00pm
McLaren’s Influences - 100th Anniversary Tribute  15+
Norman McLaren has done more than any other person to shape, define and extend the boundaries of creative animation. Born in Scotland 1914, McLaren was the multi-discipline genius who established the animation department at the National Film Board of Canada, arguably the single most important institution of its kind in the world. The NFB has since attracted and empowered multiple generations of outstanding animators and producers. McLaren’s unquenchable thirst for developing new techniques, saw him create an esteemed body of personal work that continues to inspire filmmakers across the globe. This program acknowledges McLaren’s legacy by bringing together a collection of films by animators who have been clearly influenced by this true master of innovation.

RENDER Animation Conference will also include a presentation by MIAF Director Malcolm Turner (and devotee of all that Norman McLaren has made possible) acknowledging McLaren's 100 year anniversary and his extraordinary legacy.

 
       
 
 


   
       

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