That light at the end of the tunnel is well and
truly bolted to the front of the MIAF 2014 train which has left
the station and is rumbling down the tracks - due to arrive whistles
blowing and fully loaded at ACMI on 19 June. It still has a few
loads to pick up but here’s an advance guide on what we know
it’s carrying our way...
Programs are subject to change (stuff unfortunately
happens, but we're feeling pretty confident!)
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The only way to get a gig like MIAF up to speed
is to give you a cracking selection of highlights from right across
the festival program, served up with some insider insights and a
glass of bubbles. We’ll take some of the hottest films from
competition, mix them with some gems from the specially curated
programs and round out the whole shebang with a couple of surprises
that won’t be screening in any other part of the festival.
This is the essential MIAF show bag to whet your appetite for the
days ahead. The Gala Screening has become a festival fave, so yes
folks, numbers are strictly limited. Book early to avoid heartbreak!
> Thu 19 June, 7.00pm
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TUE 10 JUNE
The RENDER Animation Conference is a unique
opportunity to experience a diverse range of detailed presentations
offered by an impressive roster of international and Australian
animation experts. Keynote presentations include a panel (lead by
Adam Elliot) on what it takes to plan, fund, create and distribute
an independent animation feature film and another by Singapore based
German filmmaker Hannes Rall on the challenges and rewards of integrating
Western and Asian animation aesthetics. Other presentations will
look at simulation animation, breaking into the world of TV animation
production and a detailed review of the life and influences of the
great Norman McLaren who was born 100 years ago. RENDER offers the
chance for emerging and established animation artists, students
and professionals alike to come together for professional development,
networking and to share their passion for animation with a group
of like-minded souls.
RENDER will also include a range of screenings that
relate directly to some of the topics presented during the day sessions,
or are purely included as an added bonus!
> Fri 20 June + Sat
21 June, 10.00am-5.00pm
association with Deakin University.
The MIAF Symposium returns, and we are excited to announce Deakin
University will be continuing as a key sponsor. In 2014, the Symposium
focuses on the myriad ways in which a variety of technologies incorporate
real people into the animated action. Guest presenters include:
French animator Nadia Micault (her film “SONATA” is
the official MIAF Opening Film) in discussion with our very own
Dennis Tupicoff. Jilli Rose (Aus) and
Miriam Harris (NZ) work in very different styles but bring a documentary
eye to their projects. Munro Ferguson who, as head of the National
Film Board of Canada’s ‘StereoLab’ will discuss
how human actors are blended into 3D Stereoscopic animation. Wednesday's
session will also introduce a
diverse screening of seven films that have tackled the BLEND challenge
in very varying ways.
> 'In Defence Of Rotoscoping'
with Nadia Micault (France) & Dennis Tupicoff (Aus):
Mon 23 June, 6.45pm
> 'Two Films, Two Visions' with Jilli
Rose (Aus) & Miriam Harris (NZ)
: Tue 24 June, 6.45pm
> 'BLEND Films' with Abdullah Kokce
(Turkey/Aus) & Deakin University:
Wed 25 June, 6.45pm
> '3D Stereoscopic Animation' with
Munro Ferguson (Canada):
Fri 27 June, 6.45pm
As always, MIAF 14 will screen the very best
new animated short films from all over the world. We received approximately
2,900 entries, and from that rich bounty, we've crafted TEN programs
( including Later Night Bizarre, Late Night Macabre and a special
screening for the BLEND Symposium) of the ones that shine the brightest.
MIAF’s international competition sessions are the backbone of
the festival and screen almost daily throughout the festival, providing
a comprehensive overview of the international indie animation scene.
International Programs 1-5 will screen twice during MIAF.
Program #1 includes MIAF’s official opening film ‘SONATA’
by French animator, Nadia Micault, which
is a captivating integration of several different digital animating
technologies, showcasing what an artist can achieve playing in this
realm (She will also present in the BLEND Symposium). Check
out her trailer – http://vimeo.com/67946598
> International Program #1:
Sat 21 June, 8.00pm / Sat 28 June, 1.00pm
> International Program #2: Mon 23 June,
6.15pm / Sat 28 June, 3.00pm
> International Program #3: Tue 24 June,
6.15pm / Sat 28 June, 8.15pm
> International Program #4: Fri 27 June,
6.15pm / Sun 29 June, 4.00pm
> International Program #5: Sat 28 June,
4.45pm / Sun 29 June, 5.45pm
> International Program #6: Sat 28 June,
> International Program #7 - Abstract Showcase:
Thu 26 June, 8.30pm
> Late Night Bizarre: Sat 21 June, 9.30pm
> Late Night Macabre: Sat 28 June, 9.30pm
> BLEND Symposium screening: Wed 25
As always, MIAF comes through with the most
comprehensive look at the current Australian animation landscape
with three big screening programs – the
Australian Showcase, the Australian Panorama
and the Australian Student Showcase.
PLUS a whole lot of talks throughout RENDER and MIAF. All together
it’s the most comprehensive look at a year of animatin’
in this wide, brown/green land by our sensational local talent.
The Showcase includes a brand new music video by
last year’s Best Australian Film winners, the unstoppable
Oh Yeah Wow. We will also screen the completed “The Gallant
Captain” from The Lampshade Collective (makers of the world
conquering ‘Nullabor’) who presented the film in development
at MIAF13. The screening will open with an introduction to many
of the filmmakers with a film in the program.
> Australian Showcase: Sat
21 June, 6.00pm
> Best of the Next #4 - Australian:
Sun 22 June, 5.30pm
> Panorama #4 - Australian:Thu 26, 5.30pm
3 Days, 30 Metro tickets, 24 studios, a LOTTA
coffee, a pile of films = FOUR big programs! Festival Director, Malcolm
Turner, armed only with a tourist map and a fistful of metro tickets
hit the streets in a mad dash to visit as many Parisian production
and distribution studios as possible in just 3 days. He stumbled back
in to the office with a notebook full of interviews and a veritable
Santa sack of fantastic films, straight from the hands of those who
Two programs showcasing the very best recently released animated
films these studios generously shared with us –
and together – they are a shout-it-out-loud
statement on Paris’ claim to be the animating capital of the
> 3 Days In Paris - NEW
#1: Wed 25 June, 8.00pm
> 3 Days In Paris - NEW #2: Sat 28 June,
Paris - HISTORICAL
This program digs a little deeper into the mystery and reveals a
diverse line-up of films that, each in their own way, either established
or put the producing studio on the animation map. Essentially, this
is Paris’ Greatest Animation Hits.
> 3 Days In Paris - HISTORICAL:
Sun 29 June, 2.45pm
Founded by Ron Dyens in 1999, this Paris production
and distribution studio has produced more than 40 films with nearly
1000 screenings at festivals worldwide. Their roster of animators
have produced some of the most beautiful, compelling and sought
after animated shorts created in recent times. This program gathers
highlights (some on 35mm film prints) from this quiet powerhouse
of European animation, and gently but persuasively showcases the
extraordinary potential of animation when entrusted to some of the
most gifted artists working in the field today.
> Sacrebleu Showcase +
“3 Days In Paris” Launch: Sun 22 June, 7.30pm
Chris Sullivan is one of the rawest and most
authentic voices in animation. He is a filmmaker that has devoted
a lot of energy to interrogating his various obsessions and using
the medium of animation to give them a profound and complex voice.
He is a master of a variety of hand-made animation techniques and
seamlessly switches between them as he follows his own sense of
dark humour down the various underlit pathways that it drags him
into. His films can be shocking and hilarious in equal measure and
say MUCH about the conflicted humanity that inhabits most of us.
There is just nobody else making films like this – they are
soft acid, bitter sugar and bright colours in the shade. Sullivan
will present TWO programs of his best work...
The Chris Sullivan
The breadth and depth – the pure deliciously spicy malevolency
– of Chris Sullivan’s various targets pour forth in
a kind of lumpy fluidity in his short films (including a 10 minute
sneak peak of the feature he is currently working on, scheduled
for release in 2015).
> Sat 28 June, 7.45pm
' Consuming Spirits' ropes, breaks and saddles-up a collection of
quietly disturbed - but utterly human – souls for a long trail
ride through an emotional landscape riven with spectacularly dystopian
intrigues exploring the breadth of enigmas that exist within every
person. Based around the travails, triumphs, secrets, often unhinged
imaginings and hopeless solutions of three principle characters
who inhabit (and who are probably inhabited by) a small, blue-collar
American town of the type that the world has quietly, ashamedly
turned its face from, “Consuming Spirits” twists a winding
path through a complex exploration of how people work out how to
survive with and without the help of the world they have chosen
not to leave.
> Sun 29 June, 5.00pm
He'll also be presenting at the RENDER
Animation Conference: "How To Make, Fund & Distribute A
True Indie Feature" Sat 21 June, with Elliot Cowan (USA/AUS)
& Adam Elliot (AUS).
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.
Cowan will introduce this screening and also
appears as a panelist in the RENDER Keynote Presentation on Indie
features on Saturday 21 June.
> Fri 20 June, 6.00pm
Bold, exuberant and energy to spare are some
of the characteristics that make up the DNA of much South American
animation. From the essences of lost cultures and the barely exorcised
ghosts to retro flavoured ‘homages’, these three distinctly
curated programs will deliver a rich brew of the best new works and
main trends evident in the indie animation scene from Brazil, Argentina,
Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Bolivia...
South American #1: Style Guide
The films in this program are visually confident, raucous and robust,
with plenty of noise and a ton of flair. A love of quirky, retro
flavoured ‘homages’ to classic US animation is a sub-genre
that pops up surprisingly often, and like everywhere, the tentacles
of gaming and CG blockbuster animation inform plenty of young South
American indie animators.
> Mon 23 June, 8.00pm
South American #2:
Stories, Myths And Music
The South American animating community often hone a very visceral
edge to their storytelling craft. The essences of lost cultures,
the barely exorcised ghosts of more recent political horrors and
part documentary investigations of the unique elements of the South
American natural environment - are among the more unique elements
South American animators bring to the table.
> Tue 24 June, 8.00pm
South American #3:
The nations of South America harbour a passionate army of resourceful,
motivated and prolific indie animators who clamour to have their
voices heard and their films seen. They have much to say and they
have an extraordinary palette of creative energies from which to
draw. This program showcases a few who of those who are making the
> Wed 25 June, 6.15pm
Based in Calgary, the Quickdraw Animation Society
(QAS) stands as one of the most valuable organisations in the indie
Canadian animation community. Since 1984 this artist-run film co-op
has proved to be a valuable hitching post for a supremely talented,
fiercely independent and often courageously experimental posse of
animators. As the result of a forensic search of their vast archive,
we have brought together two special tribute programs of some of
the best films to come from within the QAS stable. Fun, anarchic
films happily rub shoulders with sublime abstract works. Hand-drawn
cartoons share space with cameraless films. This is what grassroots,
auteur animation is all about.
> Quickdraw Animation Society
- Impact: Fri 27 June, 8.00pm
> Quickdraw Animation Society 30th Anniversary
Retrospective: Sat 28 June, 6.30pm
Story Orgy – Kevin D.A. Kurytnik (Canada): Fri 27 June, 9.30am-4.00pm
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.
> Fri 20 June, 8.00pm
association with Studio Moshi
showcasing the best films of the emerging generation of animators.
Drawn from the 900+ entries received from almost 100 of the world’s
best schools in almost 30 countries. And including one program devoted
entirely to the best Australian graduate films.
> BOTN #1 - International:
Sun 22 June, 2.30pm
> BOTN #2- International: Sun 22 June,
> BOTN #3 - International: Sun 22 June,
> BOTN #4 - Australian: Sun
22 June, 4.30pm
Pulled fresh, moist and screaming from Animation
Land’s groin-electrique comes the crazed cavalcade of instant
anti-classics that make up this year’s Late Night Bizarre.
Sure, this intro makes no sense but it doesn’t matter coz
you know what we mean and we know what you want.
> Sat 21 June, 9.30pm
If ever there was evidence that animation is
a lot more than cute kids stories, this fearsome collection of the
best truly haunted animated visions is most definitely it. MIAF
received almost 2,900 entries this year and a good number of them
were screams from the other side, the result of the filmmaker turning
the dial to ‘macabre’ and unleashing the powerfully
imaginative toolkit that animation offers to explore an almost unimaginable,
undefinable series of pathways. Aficionados of the bizarre will
revel in this collection.
> Sat 28 June, 9.30pm
A wonderfully diverse collection of new films
not featuring in competition (perhaps the films arrived too late
for competition selection, perhaps they simply did not garner the
jury room consensus) but that are just too good to not to be screened.
Every bit as eclectic and diverse as the International Competition
programs, the Panoramas are an essential part of core MIAF programming.
Panorama #3: International proves the whole
world is awash with prodigiously talented filmmakers working in
some of the more unusual points of the animation compass - a fabulous
opportunity to check out films from places like Cuba, Moldova, Serbia,
Cyprus, Ethiopia, Georgia, Thailand, Malaysia. Nigeria, Belarus.
And of course, the Australian Panorama focus entirely
on our local talent - expect every technique from machinima to hand
drawn, every genre from surreal ‘animals-gone-bad’ to
> Panorama #1 - International:
Mon 23 June, 8.30pm
> Panorama #2 - International: Tue 24 June,
> Panorama #3 - International: Wed 25 June,
> Panorama #4 - Australian: Tue 24
A program of the most kid friendly gems that
turned up in the 2000+ entries that filled our mailbox all year.
Charming little examples of uncommercialised animated wonder using
the magic powers of animation for GOOD. There’ll be talking
animals, seriously fun adventures and tales that spark all those
little imaginations. Adults are allowed in if they have permission
from their kids.
> Sat 28 June, 11.00am
Music videos are a uniquely powerful combination
of alpha-talents and this program brings together the best intertwinings
of great music and great animation from around the world
There is more than one way to show an animated
film. Some shine brightest when the audience can stand back, choose
alternative perspectives of viewing and talk it over as they play.
Generally non-narrative, these works exist in the spot not touched
by purely cinematic shorts, VJ crafted backdrops and purely gallery-based
experimental moving image art.
Installation Animation Programs
> Sun 22 June 4pm, 4.40pm, 5.20pm, 6pm
Music Video Program
> Sun 22 June 6.30pm
FREE and always a popular event! All aspects
relevant to a career in animation will be covered by a panel of
industry professionals. They will discuss their own experiences,
their knowledge of how Australian animators are finding employment
and aim to assist you in deciding if this is the future for you
and what skills you need to make the transition. There will be ample
opportunity for you to ask questions.
** Please collect your ticket from ACMI Tickets and Information
(available from 19 May).
Even though this is a free event, you will need to have a valid
ticket to enter the cinema.
> Thu 26 June, 7pm
Don’t forget our ever popular “Animation
101 Meet The Filmmakers” series.
Informed presentations on specific topics delivered by the people
who know those topics best. Watch this space for the line-up announcements.
> Animation 101 - Meet
the Filmmaker Hannes Rall (Singapore): Mon 23 June, 5.15pm
> Animation 102 - Meet the Filmmaker Nadia
Macault (France): Tue 24 June, 5.15pm
> Animation 103 - Meet the Filmmaker Dirk
De Bruyn (Aus): Wed 25 June, 5.15pm
> Animation 104 - Meet the Filmmaker Andrew
Knight (Aus): Fri 27 June, 5.15pm
MIAF Workshops/Master Classes presented in association with Digistor
Animation Industry Opportunities & Workflows
David Zwierzchaczewski, Autodesk Australia
> SUN 22 June, 1.00PM (15+)
This two-part workshop presents the state of the animation industries
in Australia, what’s being produced and where future growth
and new opportunities exist. In the second part David will discuss
and demonstrate workflow techniques used in current projects and
how to better streamline current pipelines using the new Autodesk
2015 animation suite.
Outside The Box – Sabrina Schmid
> SUN 22 June, 3.30PM (15+)
Schmid is an accomplished filmmaker and senior lecturer in computer
animation at the School of Computing at Teesside Uni. In this compact
masterclass/retrospective she will help ‘decode’ and
contextualise the type of work selected for MIAF’s Installation
Story Orgy – Kevin D.A. Kurytnik
> FRI 27 June, 9.30am-4.00pm (15+)
Tickets: Full 80.00 / Conc $70.00
Kurytnik is one of Canada’s most inspiring animation teachers.
In one intensive, free-wheeling day, he will present the fundamentals
of story development with a back-up toolkit packed with literary
and cinema references, short animated examples, and plenty of surprises.
The PERFECT day out for artists, writers, animators & creators
of comics and graphic novels.
with Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Animate With Creative Coding
> SAT 21 June, 9.30AM-4.30PM
Tickets: Full $160 / Conc $140 / ACMI Member $130
Create beautiful experimental animations using free software and
computer code inspired by Norman McLaren’s evocative art.
Participants will use the free open source software Processing,
a creative coding platform, to develop unique, original and interactive
Kids Drop In Workshop
> SAT 28 June, 11.00am-2.00pm
Tickets: Free! Just come on down the
This free activity is the perfect companion to MIAF’s special
Kids’ Program screening! Head down the escalator and learn
how to contribute a small piece to a collaborative cut-paper animation
by trying ‘McLaren’s Workshop’ iPad app. Bookings
Check out the amazing little film Deakin University put together
of everyone's work from the Patrick Jenkins' flip book workshop!
Ah yes... The Big Kahuna. The End of the Line.
The Best of the Best. 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 book early.
> Sunday 29 June, 8.00pm
/ Sunday 29 June, 10.00pm (Repeat screening)