Still from Happiness (2020) - MIAF
Happiness (2020)

ACMI & Melbourne International Animation Festival present

International Program 1

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The International Programs are the backbone of the MIAF mission. They are selected from the thousands of entries submitted and feature highlights of other festivals we have spotted in the past 12 months.

This program showcases a collection of films that lean heavily on the rich, visually unique possibilities that animation offers artists who are striving to make statements that grab the eye and lead the imagination down pathways more standard narrative arcs don’t have the traction to follow.


Andrey Zhidkov
Russia, 5’00, 2020
In a cold and chaotic world a man is searching for true happiness, hoping that the simple things can transform into something blissful.

My Galactic Twin Galaction
Sasha Svirsky
Russia, 6’33, 2020
Good and evil, utopia and dystopia, narrative and post narrative collage universes collide in a mortal battle to entertain the audience.

Alexander Dupuis
USA, 8’17, 2020
Channelling stylings of sci-fi comics, op art and anime a nameless character roams through a dream-logic journey in search of an elusive piano.

Serial Parallels
Max Hattler
Hong Kong, 9’00, 2020
The city’s signature architecture of horizon-eclipsing housing estates is reimagined as parallel rows of film strips.

Julia Lantos
Hungary, 8’00, 2020
A young woman attempts to navigate a world she sees as brittle, depraved and ugly. And yet, from the outside looking in, moments of beauty abound.

Jung And Restless
Joanna Priestley
USA, 6’06, 2020
An elegant dive into the mytho-poetic realm with mandalas and dream inspired images that grasp at enigma invoking the oddity and magic of dreaming.

Conversations With A Whale
Anna Samo
Germany, 8’20, 2020
Part love letter, part shoulder-to-cry-on, one filmmaker attempts to reach through the curtain of festival rejection letters to locate a warmer space.

Copycut Scanfill
Colin Stanhill
USA, 4’44, 2021
Animated entirely on a defective photocopier, familiar images begin to drift, morph and dance their way into uncanny new forms.

Night Session
Petre Tomadze
Georgia, 3’40, 2019
A nuanced exploration of how neighbours sharing a courtyard are both shaped by, and are indifferent to, domestic violence.

Katalog Of Flaws
Marv Newland
Canada, 11’45, 2019
A fever dream and uninterrupted animated stream of consciousness often interrupted by brief segments produced by world famous and not yet famous animators.

Format: DCP, Colour
Duration: 75 min


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