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 the 4,000+ submissions we received this year PLUS another FOUR (see below) focusing on specific subjects. 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 mix of animation on show. As usual, our annual Abstract Showcase brings the best of the vibrant artform to the big screen.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION PROGRAM #8: Rest Of The World
A program dedicated to animated gems from some surprising corners of the animating universe. Places such as Costa Rica, Georgia, Serbia, Uruguay and others may not have huge animation communities but there is some stunning work being made by people who are making up the rules as they go.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION PROGRAM #9: Fresh Eyes On Estonia
Recent VCA graduate Annie Murray (“My Companion, Altschmertz”, “Dear David”, “Wank Sock”) travelled to Estonia and lost her heart to the unique animation scene she encountered there. Bonding with the new generation of post-independence Estonian animators, she has returned with program showcasing just where Estonian animation is right now.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION PROGRAM #10: Twisted Korea
This was a program that curated itself. There’s a mind-bending craziness woven into the DNA of a lot of new Korean animation in general but this year it seemed REALLY strong….. irresistibly strong. Too good an opportunity to pass up so sit back, buckle up and prepare for this wild ride.
AUSTRALIAN ANIMATION – 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.
INDIGENOUS ANIMATION FORUM
Three years in the planning, this day long Forum combines THREE separate screenings with a variety of presentations, all dedicated to exploring indigenous animation from Australia and around the world. Curated by Deb Szapiro.
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.
HANNES RALL RETROSPECTIVE
German animator Hannes Rall produces bold, expressionistically styled animation often channelling darker European fables. And he is turning the Nan Yang University into an Asian powerhouse animation course. PLUS he did the MIAF 18 trailer. A fascinating animator who will be a fascinating guest.
DENNIS TUPICOFF RETROSPECTIVE
A long overdue retrospective of one of Australia’s most successful and highly regarded animators. Beautifully crafted handmade films and reminiscences from a life time of animating. We’ve put aside plenty of time for the Q&A!
ANIMATION: PROCESS, COGNITION & ACTUALITY – DAN TORRE
A very special program curated and introduced by Dan Torre to illustrate some of the fascinating theories contained in his latest book that seek to help us more deeply understand the unique creative properties and potentials of animation.
MICHAEL CUSACK / ANIFEX RETROSPECTIVE + Q&A
Michael Cusack is an Australian animating legend. Probably best known as the hand behind the crazy-happy Schmakoes commercials, his studio (Anifex) is one of Australia’s longest operating stopmotion producers and Michael has created a superb body of personal auteur films, including his latest “After All” which open our Australian Showcase program this year.
NAN YANG SHOWCASE – School Of Focus (SINGAPORE)
One of the key emerging Asian animation courses, this showcase (curated by Jessica McLeod-Yu who spent a week in Singapore as the guest of Nan Yang) brings together some of the best graduate films from the last 3-5 years.
FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE
A superbly crafted documentary about the legendary Disney animator Floyd Norman, the first African American to work as an animator to the studio. Officially retired, Norman can’t really help but still turn up at Disney as a kind of mentor-in-residence. This is an artist whose life and career has spanned most of the period of animation and is a wonderful, beguiling window into the history as well as the decades of change in animation.
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.
MEET THE FILMMAKERS
Always popular. Three filmmakers take us through the detailed journey of the making their films and take your questions afterwards. A fascinating series of insights into what it takes to make these short animated gems.
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.