International Animation Day 2023

International Animation Day 2023 presented by Melbourne International Animation Festival

The basics

What: An evening to celebrate animaiton .

When: Saturday 28 October 2023.

Where: The Backlot Studios, South Melbourne

Tickets: Individual session $16/$13. IAD Pass $27/$21. Early Bird prices avalible via newsletter only.

Program: 3 sessions

International Animation Day

International Animation Day (IAD) is a celebration of all things Animation. The day is coordinated by Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA) [International Animated Film Association]. They started in 2002 to honour the birth of animation: the first public performance of projected moving images by Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in Paris, on the 28th October 1892.


This year it is going to be on a Saturday so we’re going all-in and making a day (and a night of it). The Backlot Studios proved to be such a great home for MIAF earlier this year so that’s where we’re headed on October 28th. We have … count ‘em….THREE great programs in store for you all.


Saturday 28 October @ The Backlot Studios

4:30        Venue open
5:00        Anijammin’
6:30        IAD International Shorts Showcase
8:00        Grendel Grendel Grendel
10:00      Leave venue


All three sessions will be at The Backlot Studios in South Melbourne. We’re excited to be returning to this cosy space. Backlot has the perfect festival bar –  a great space to hang out before and after every screening.

Only 15-20 minutes by tram from the city. Jump on a #1 or #12 tram line, they run every 10 mins.

Very limited seating, just 44 seats. Don’t miss out.

Please note that Backlot is NOT fully accessible. There are stairs with handrails, but no lift to the second floor where the cinema is located.


Tickets and passes will be limited BUT those on our mailing list will be given an exclusive Early Bird opportunity to get tickets first and at special ‘members-only’ prices on Thursday 21 September 2023. And if you know somebody that wants in on the party make sure they sign up.

Sign up to the newsletter here.

Regular tickets will go on sale 5 October 2023. Prices will be:

Individual session go to one session
$16 full, $13 concession.

IAD Pass access all three sessions
$27 full, $21 concession.
VERY limited, just 20 available. Only on sale until 30 April, or if all sold out.

Program overview


MIAF Creative Director, Malcolm Turner, has teamed up with master Canadian animator Marv Newland to co-curate a mind bending screening of ‘ani-jam’ films drawn from the shattered remnants of their collective memories down through the ages. Marv, of course, is a maestro of the form being the genius guiding hand behind the 1984 classic “Ani Jam”, the film that dragged this form of animating into the spotlight in the first place.

This sessions is classified Unclassified (M) Mature, not recommended for viewers under 15 years.

IAD International Shorts Showcase

Next up will be a collection of brand new International Shorts created by a broad spectrum of filmmakers from around the world who have specifically offered their latest work for consideration in IAD screenings on every continent.

This sessions is classified Unclassified (M) Mature, not recommended for viewers under 15 years.

Grendel Grendel Grendel

And the night comes to a wonderfully and quintessentially Australian ending with a screening of the iconic Aus feature “Grendel Grendel Grendel”, animated by the one-of-a-kind Alex Stitt. Released in 1981, it was only the second animated feature to be made here and the restored version we are screening brings the vibrant, imaginative and gorgeously colourful artwork (ALL done by hand with REAL paint brushes) to the big screen where it looks simply divine.

This sessions is classified General (G).

See you at International Animation Day!

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