The Melbourne International Animation Festival returns on 13 – 21 July 2019.
Full film lists will go up in April along with news about Early Bird ticket sales
but here’s a glimpse of what MIAF 19 is going to look like.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION PROGRAMS 1 - 6
The back-bone of the whole MIAF mission. SIX stunning programs showcasing the awesome diversity of animation made up from 4,000+ submissions. Every technique, every genre, every style – your annual window into the international indie animation universe.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION PROGRAM #7: Abstract Showcase
MIAF prides itself on ensuring abstract and experimental animation stands tall as part of the mix of animation on show. As usual, our annual Abstract Showcase brings the best of this vibrant animation genre to the big screen.
The Australian Showcase (Official MIAF Opening Screening)
Nobody screens more Australian animation than MIAF. We proudly open the festival each year with the Australian Showcase which surveys the incredible artistry and skill of Australian animators. Our Australian Student Showcase offers up an exciting glimpse on Australia’s rising stars and the Australian Panorama makes sure we offer the home-ground advantage to as many local animators as we can possibly squeeze in.
JAMES CUNNINGHAM RETROSPECTIVE
James Cunningham is a 3D CG animator of astonishing expertise. “Poppy” won a SIGGRAPH Grand Jury Prize in 2010, “Infection” was selected for screening in competition in Cannes, “Delf” was selected for the Saatchi & Saatchi new directors Global showcase – to name just a few highlights. His role as teacher and mentor has also seen him train a new generation of CG animators for some of the most demanding studios in the world. James travels to MIAF 19 to introduce his best films, talk about his work and answer your questions about the world of CG animation.
WINDOW ON GEORGIA
Sitting on the eastern shore of the Black Sea and sharing borders with Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, Georgia possesses a rich cultural history and an abundance of sombre inspirations anchored in its geo-polity. This program will carefully blend stunning early classics with the absorbing and challenging work of contemporary animators.
BUKOWSKI – SCOURGEPIRATION OF ANIMATION
Love him or loathe him, Charles Bukowski created one of the most caustic and muscularly unique bodies of literature in the 20th century. He masked nothing, he took no prisoners and his complex aesthetic polyglotic imagination gave voice and vision to a kind of sophisticated brutality that drew millions to him and his work. That power and strength and the immersive – though often fractured – worlds he created have inspired a wealth of animated films and this program draws together a diverse clutch of the best of them.
PAUL FLETCHER – AUSTRALIAN MASTER
Paul Fletcher is needs little introduction to a couple of generations of Australian animators – he has trained a lot of him during a distinguished career at VCA. His personal art and animation practice is vast and – in truth – better known overseas than in Australia. Paul is a restless and prolific experimenter and innovator. His substantial body of experimental animation is as intriguing as it is beautiful and this showcase will bring a diverse and fascinating collection of these moving image artworks together and – if we can – we will coax Paul to take us through one of the most interesting of all Australian animation careers… his own. A long overdue spotlight on a wonderful Australian artist.
BEZALEL – SCHOOL OF FOCUS
Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design annually sends us one of the finest grad reels – there has not been a MIAF that has not shown several of their films. With a history dating back to the early 1900s, Bezalel is a comprehensive university of arts that has for more than a century produced some of the finest Israeli painters, sculptors and arts scholars. Their animation department draws from these deep reservoirs of inspiration and reaches for the same high bar. This program, curated during a visit to the Bezalel campus, will open with some iconic historical films before moving on to focus on the very latest graduating class.
CLERMONT-FERRAND 40th ANNIVERSARY SHOWCASEE
For 40 years France’s has been a fearless and intelligent showcase of the very best short films from all over the world. Their animation programs have often lead the way in introducing exciting and challenging work that would go on to make a lasting impact on the world of auteur animation. MIAF journeyed to the southern French city that hosts this remarkable event and with help and guidance form the Clermont-Ferrand programmers put together this special collection of highlights from their first 40 years.
BROTHERS McLEOD – MASTERS OF MAYHEM
This London based studio, built from the ground up by Greg and Myles McLeod, must be one hell of an interesting place to work. Somehow they’ve harnessed the raw chaotic anarchy of their imaginations and built an award winning studio that continues to go from strength to strength while still turning out some of the best crafted, well thought out pieces of animated insanity this side of whatever’s hiding on the other side. This will definitely be a night to remember.
LEARNING TO EARNING: PATHWAYS TO A CAREER IN ANIMATION
Our annual mini ‘pop-up’ conference for everybody wondering what a career in animation could look like. Short, sharp presentations, film screenings, case studies and keynote speakers.
BEST OF THE NEXT
Our mini ‘festival-within-a-festival’. THREE short, sharp back-to-back programs featuring the best graduate films drawn from more than 60 of the world’s leading animation courses.
LATE NIGHT BIZARRE
Yep, it’s back. As if we’d leave it out. A dependably depraved screening of animated specimens from the wrong side of the tracks. MIAF’s annual cult moment!
THREE non-competition programs that bring to the screen the films that missed the jury room consensus but are just too good not to be screened.
A collection of THREE different feature films that askew all the traditional ‘three act play’ structures of most features in favour of showcasing what animation can really do when it’s cut loose in the longer form.
BEST OF THE FESTIVAL: CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS SCREENING
It all comes down to this. Judges have judged, audiences have audienced and the best of the best has emerged. This is the program that screens ‘em. Always popular so get tickets early.