Each of these presentations last 8 – 10 mins and the presentations will be interspersed with screenings of films drawn from the overall MIAF program and relevant to the speakers or their topics.
Jelena Sinik – Vivid And Beyond
Jelena Sinik’s film “Imaging Time” screens in the Australian Showcase. A recent graduate of Sydney’s UTS, Jelena has recently completed work on a giant commissioned piece of animation that featured in Sydney’s Vivid Festival. She will talk about her experiences working on the Vivid piece and how that is influencing her practice and career.
Rebecca Agnew – I’m Crowdfunded
Rebecca Agnew recently ran a successful crowdfunding campaign that will allow her to go on and make her new film “The Dabblers”. Rebecca will walk us through her experiences setting up and executing this successful campaign and introduce us to the flock of ducks that will populate the film it has made possible.
Mel Roach – Riding A Farting Dog To Infinity
Upon graduating from RMIT, Mel Roach pitched iconic American cable channel Frederator with an idea for a short about a talking, farting dog and it’s hapless, dateless owner. That film, “Rocket Dog” became an international sensation, saw Mel become a member of the Frederator family and lead to further work in Australia. Mel will outline how she put all this together fresh out of school and how she utilised it to move her career forward.
Cameron McGough – What I’m Looking For
Cameron McGough is the founder of and runs boutique Collingwood animation studio “Dirty Puppet”. Creating innovative animated commercials, ‘greeting cards’ and short films, Dirty Puppet needs skilled, talented and passionate animators to make these happen. Cameron will lay out what he looks for when he is hiring animators and provide some insider insights into how to put your best foot forward when applying for a job.
Annie Murray – Anatomy Of A New Project
Annie Murray is currently completing her studies at the Victorian College of Arts. She has gathered a team around her and together they have just embarked on what will be a 1 -2 year project to create an original animated film focusing on indigenous Australian culture and all the creative gifts that flow from that inspiration. Annie will introduce us to this project and outline these first, foundational steps providing a valuable insight into what it takes to get a film off the ground.
Agnieszka Woznicka – Closing Keynote
Agnieszka Woznicka is the Associate Professor (Film/Animation/Video) at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the USA. RISD is one of the most successful and creative animation courses in America, annually turning out a substantial group of world class animators. Agnieszka will share her experiences guiding students through the course and offer her perspective and advice on how to take those skills and turn them into a fulfilling career.
Program subject to change. New speakers may be added.