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Australian International Animation Festival 2014

CSU Animation and Visual Effects is proud to present the 11th Anniversary of the Australian International Animation Festival. This internationally renowned event features over 100 prestigious films adeptly selected from more than 2,500 submissions from all around the world. The range of styles, genres and techniques is testament to the vibrancy and relevance of creative animation and the premiere screening of this highly acclaimed collection is happening from the humble host city of Wagga Wagga in regional Australia.

CSU Animation and Visual Effects is proud to present the 11th Anniversary of the Australian International Animation Festival. This internationally renowned event features over 100 prestigious films adeptly selected from more than 2,500 submissions from all around the world. The range of styles, genres and techniques is testament to the vibrancy and relevance of creative animation and the premiere screening of this highly acclaimed collection is happening from the humble host city of Wagga Wagga in regional Australia.

The festival showcases an eclectic mix of films and will give audiences a complete, up-to-date snapshot of the international creative animation scene. A series of free talks and workshops given by award-winning filmmakers from Australia and overseas will provide those with questioning minds a chance to learn more about how and why these films get made. There are many more surprises yet to be announced so stay tuned!

Forum 6 Cinema
77 Trail Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
+41 (0) 6921 6863
Date: Friday 9th – Sunday 11th May 2014

  • FREE Animation 10x Seminars
  • $6 Kids Program
  • $12 Single Session
  • $40 Full Festival Pass

Buy a Full Festival Pass and save over 50% for the entire weekend, guarantee seating, chance to win major door-prizes, see bonus films, network with key people, and be invited to the after-party which includes complimentary food & drinks and more!

WIN over $3,000 worth of door prizes!!! Prizes include a Wacom Intuos Pro pen tablet worth $400 and 3 x Toon Boom Storyboard Pro commercial licences worth $1,000 each!!!

AIAF2014 Schedule

Friday 9th May

  • 5:30pm - Doors Open
  • 6:00pm - Official Opening & International Program #1
  • 8.00pm – Special Screening #1 - BLEND

Saturday 10th May

  • 1.30pm - Kids Screening (all ages)
  • 3.00pm - Animation 101: Malcolm Turner’s Special Animation Top Shelf
  • 4:30pm - Animation 102: Jilli Rose Has An Awesome New Film
  • 6.00pm - Australian Showcase & Meet the Australian Filmmakers
  • 8.00pm - International Program #2
  • 9:30pm - Late Night Bizarre (18+)

Sunday 11th May

  • 1.30pm - Kids Screening (all ages) [Repeat]
  • 3.00pm - Animation 103: Reanimating Wiradjuri language
  • 4.30pm - Animation 104: Mel Roach "Making It In The US"
  • 6.00pm - International Program #3
  • 7.30pm – Special Screening #2 - Chris Sullivan Shorts Collection (18+)

* THE FILMS *

International Programs 1-3 (M15+)

The International Programs are the backbone of the festival line-up. The freshest new shorts taken from the 2,500+ that entered (a record, folks!!). There’s every style, every technique, every genre. Drawn from a global call for entries, they are a set of headlights illuminating the current state of the international indie and auteur animation scene worldwide. Straight from their desk to your eyeballs.

Australian Showcase (M15+)

A chance for Australian animation to come front and centre. This is the first comprehensive snapshot of Australian animation in 2014 and if this collection is anything to go by, creative Australian animation is in tremendous shape. One of our most important and popular programs, there aren’t many opportunities to see Australian animation on the big screen and each year AIAF probably shows more than any other event in the world. This is an opportunity to see what Australian animators are doing, how they’re doing it and how the art form is traveling. After the screening there is a chance to meet many of the animators, hear them talk about their films and ask them questions about their work.

BLEND Screening (M15+)

BLENDING live-action characters into animated environments is one of the most interesting intersections at which a number of creative and technical pathways cross. Chosen from the 2,900 entries, this program showcases a diverse collection of responses to the BLEND challenge.

Chris Sullivan Shorts Collection (R18+)

Chris Sullivan is one of the rawest and most authentic voices in animation today. He is a master of a variety of hand-made animation techniques and seamlessly switches between them as he follows his own sense of dark humour down the various under-lit pathways that it drags him along. His films can be shocking and hilarious in equal measure – they are soft acid, bitter sugar and bright colours in the shade. The breadth and depth – the pure deliciously spicy malevolency – of Chris Sullivan’s various targets pour forth in a kind of lumpy fluidity in his short films and we have a selection of his finest work PLUS a 10 minute sneak peak of the feature he is currently working on.

Kid’s Program (All Ages)

Definitely one of the must-see events of AIAF every year, a very special program of films specially selected to spark the imaginations of our most special audience. Animation, like childhood, can be just full of wonder with the biggest pleasures being the simplest ones. This program carefully chosen for our littlest and most special audience strips away all the soft-sell toy ads and the over-the-top blockbuster-style special effects and just delivers up a program of wonderful films full of simple joys. Loved by adults as well, this year’s program is truly exceptional.

Late Night Bizarre (R18+)

Pulled dazed – yet screaming – from Animation Land’s Groin-Electrique comes this year’s cacophonous carnivale of twisted anti-classics otherwise known as Late Night Bizarre. Sure- this intro makes no sense but it doesn’t have to coz you know what we mean and we know what you want.

* THE PRESENTATIONS *

Animation 101: Malcolm Turner’s Special Animation Top Shelf

As usual, AIAF Co-Director Malcolm Turner kicks off the series with his customarily eclectic sample of the choicest animation morsels that he has picked up along his travels in the last twelve months. Curated in ‘real time’, this presentation should include some insights into South American animation, the Paris indie animating scene, a highlight or two from the 30th anniversary of one of the most important animation co-operatives in the world and will likely round out with a few words on the great Norman McLaren who was born 100 years ago.

Animation 102: Jilli Rose Has An Awesome New Film

Based in Castlemaine in regional Victoria, Jilli Rose is one of the most vibrant and original animators working in Australia at the moment. Her latest film “Sticky” is an absorbing look at a fascinating part of the Australian fauna. Partly funded by working on American animated documentaries, it premiered in a special screening at the Melbourne Zoo, who also supported its production. Jilli will take us through the entire planning, funding and production process of this unusual project and provide us with an insightful review of her film prior to screening it.

Animation 103: Reanimating Wiradjuri language

Working in partnership with Wiradjuri elders and language teachers, animators are helping bring Wiradjuri language to a new generation of speakers. In grass roots movements all over the world, indigenous peoples are seeking to restore their languages. Each language is a unique repository of the culture to which it belongs. Animation has the potential to make learning language easier and to communicate it in dynamic and entertaining ways. The audio visual strengths of animation align it with what were traditionally non written languages. Animation in this context becomes more successful when grounded in culture and country and close working relationships built on mutual respect.

Animation 104: Mel Roach - Animating For US TV Channels

Just 23 years old, Mel Roach has already carved out a career for herself in one of the toughest markets in the world. Currently she is writing, animating and directing shorts of Frederator and Nickelodeon in Los Angeles. Her current film “Rocket Dog” is a great example of the high energy, original and character driven work part of the US cable TV machine is demanding. Mel will take us through her experiences breaking into the US, some insights about the demands it places on her as a creator of animation and about the making of “Rocket Dog”.

General admission to the festival is rated M15+ except for the Kids Program (all ages) and Late Night Bizarre (Restricted to 18+).

Kids Program – Specifically programmed towards 4 – 10 year olds whilst still entertaining more mature patrons, this screening gives children the world’s best animation for a just $6! Pricing includes adults.

Late Night Bizarre– Film classification regulations in Australia require that this program is restricted to an audience of 18 years of age and over. Please respect that we are not able to admit any person under the age of 18 years into this screening due to graphic adult content that may offend.

The Animation Seminars for free for anyone to attend but may contain mature content.

For more information please visit the official website http://www.aiaf.net.au consider liking the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/australianfestival

Dates 
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 5:30pm to Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 10:00pm
Submission Deadline 
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 7:00pm
Location 
Forum 6 Cinema
77 Trail Street
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Australia
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