Tuesday, 5 June 2007

melbourne international animation festival 2007

One of the most beloved events on ACMI's ever-expanding slate of international standard film festivals, the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) returns in 2007 with an exciting, intriguing, inspiring, sometimes controversial, thoroughly comprehensive collection of animation from 19 to 24 June. The best, new animation in the world will be brought to Melbourne audiences with over 300 films presented in a series of amazing programs and satellite events.
Since its inception in 2001 MIAF has grown significantly as an annual event and enjoys increasing international respect and recognition as one of Melbourne's largest screen culture events and one of the world's largest animation festivals. This year over 2,200 submissions were received from all over the world!
Malcolm Turner, Director of the MIAF says, 'MIAF strives to keep our finger on the pulse by responding to the audience's cry for "more, more, more!" We've worked hard to bring a true snapshot of the international animation scene to the big screen, right here in Melbourne, and the 2007 festival promises an incredible range of styles, genres, subjects & special programs that are testament to the vibrancy and relevance of creative animation.'
MIAF are excited to announce two firsts for the 2007 festival - the addition of a second Australian Panorama created in response to the influx of fantastic Australian films received by MIAF this year, and the introduction of a Teen Program, enabling under 18s to view an edgy and 'of the moment' program created specifically for their age group.
Special features in this year's program include:

Masters of Polish Animation drawing on major exhibitions and screenings from around the world in particular the spectacular festival of Polish animated masters curated by the Pompidou Centre in Paris two years ago, MIAF brings a collection of these stunning works to Australia in 2007

History of CG Animation - The View From Siggraph  curated by John Finnegan, the Siggraph Chair, 2006, who generously agreed to go through the Siggraph backfiles and create a program that not only showcases the best of Siggraph over these three decades but also tells the story of the progression of CG animation as an artform. History of CG Animation - Early Digital Masters will look at past masters of this artform as it emerged and screen the films that hindsight has given us the benefit of seeing as surviving classics.

Other highlights include:

The Hand Painted Panorama, this year's 'technique focus' on the fine art of hand painted animation. To complement this focus, MIAF will present a comprehensive retrospective of the finest hand painted animation created over the years.

MIAF's International Competition Programs offers a big picture view of the international animation scene while the Abstract Panorama presents a collection of new abstract & experimental animation.

The Digital Panorama, MIAF's annual update on the digital domain within the animating community. This program pulls together the best recently released films that lean heavily on a digital aesthetic for their inspiration and impact. 

The Australian Panorama, showcasing the best in Australian animation, is incredibly important to MIAF who love giving local animators the 'home ground advantage' by showing local audiences what their community of animators are up to.
After another strong year in children's animation, MIAF's specialist Kids Animation programmer (and founding co-director of MIAF) Susi Allender will have her work cut out as she tries to arrive at a final program line up which is sure to be spectacular, while the Student Panorama will feature the finest student works after receiving submissions from more than 60 of the best animation schools in the world.
And after an amazing response at last year's festival Animation 101 is back! Short lectures on a single film will be followed by a screening of said film plus a Q&A. Animation 101 is a brilliant way to learn a lot about a very specific element of the festival and provide a wider base to try and learn more about animation in general.
MIAF 2007 promises an exciting and eventful six days of the best in local and international animation. With films from over thirty countries MIAF will proudly showcase the whole spectrum of creative animation, showing that animation is so much more than slick blockbusters and special effects. MIAF 2007 is sure to challenge, engage and inspire its audience through a comprehensive presentation of outstanding animated shorts.

For program information please go to: www.miaf.net

Media Enquiries, please contact Miranda Brown Publicity on PH: (03) 9419 0931 or email: rebecca@mbpublicity.com.au

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
[email] claire.butler@acmi.net.au  
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