Preview 2020

Join us to celebrate 20 years of MIAF.
7 Days – 35 Screenings – 400+ Films

The best new independent animation drawn from more than 4,000 submissions.
Fascinating historical and curated programs.
The world’s biggest window on Australian animation.

The Melbourne International Animation Festival returns to ACMI in July 2020.
Full film lists will go up in April along with news about Early Bird ticket sales but here’s a glimpse of what MIAF 20 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 deep-dive into the international indie animation universe.

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.

Clermont-Ferrand 40th Anniversary Showcase

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 from the Clermont-Ferrand founding programmers put together this special collection of highlights from their first 40 years.

Bonobo Studio Showcase (Croatia)

Since their founding in 2008, Bonobo Studio has become a beacon for a new, eclectic generation of European animators to produce and distribute their work. Bonobo Studio loves working with talented filmmakers, whether they are just beginners or established artists. There is no ‘house style’ at Bobobo – it’s all about imagination, high production values and unique artistic visions.

Pannonia Studio Retrospective (Hungary)

This extraordinary collection of works, many recently restored, showcase the elastic imaginations of several generations who worked for Pannonia, the studio charged with crafting screen culture during much of Hungary’s communist era. Often mining imagery that borders on the psychedelic and hallucinatory, this is work is utterly unlike anything that emerged from communist era studios in other states at the time. If only we’d known earlier!

School Of Focus: Mome (Hungary)

We have been promising to do this for a while and – finally – we get the chance to visit this school that really started catching our eye a few years ago. Expect a range of techniques, animated visions that often contain a good dose of the surreal and surprisingly mature work that draws on a long, rich artistic history.

Oh Yeah Wow – It’s Oh Yeah Wow

High energy and crazy-brave original, Melbourne studio Oh Yeah Wow hit the ground running and took it from there. Their incredible parade of music videos and short films turned them into an international phenomena (14 Vimeo Staff Picks y’all, screenings at SXSW and the Guggenheim in New York… c’mon!!!). This outstanding screening is a chance to celebrate their first decade (or so) and try and look into the middle of the magic.

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.

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.


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.

Kids Program

A program of the most kid-friendly gems that turned up in the 4000+ 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.

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.

There’s more we’re working on and we’ll post updates as the whole glorious cacophony that is MIAF 2020 comes together.