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Australian International Animation Festival 2015

CSU Animation and Visual Effects present the 12th Anniversary of the Australian International Animation Festival, running Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17.

CSU Animation and Visual Effects is proud to present the 12th Anniversary of the Australian International Animation Festival. This internationally renowned event features over 120 prestigious films adeptly selected from more than 3,500 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 right here in Wagga Wagga!

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 15th – Sunday 17th May 2015

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

WIN amazing door prizes from Toon Boom Animation and Wacom!!!

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! For the latest AIAF news please visit the new website or like the Facebook page:

AIAF2015 Schedule

Friday 15th May

  • 5:30pm - Doors Open
  • 6:00pm - Official Opening & International Program #1
  • 8.00pm – Best of International Student Animation

Saturday 16th May

  • 1.30pm - Kids Screening (all ages)
  • 3.00pm - Animation 101: Malcolm Turner's Top Shelf
  • 4:30pm - Animation 102: Making Percival Pilts with John Lewis & Janette Goodey
  • 6.00pm - Australian Showcase & Meet the Australian Filmmakers
  • 8.00pm - International Program #2
  • 9:30pm - Late Night Bizarre (18+)

Sunday 17th May

  • 1.30pm - Kids Screening (all ages) [Repeat]
  • 3.00pm - Animation 103: Click-by-Click: Building LEGO from the sound up with Damian Candusso
  • 4.30pm - Animation 104: Performance Capturing Hobbits, Apes & Beyond with Peter Divers
  • 6.00pm - International Program #3
  • 7.30pm – 3 Days in Paris


International Programs 1-3 (M15+)

The International Programs are the backbone of the whole AIAF mission. Your up-to-date snapshot of the world’s independent animation scene. The freshest new shorts taken from the 3,500+ that entered (a smashing new 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. Step right up – get ‘em while they’re hot!

Australian Showcase (M15+)

Our most important program. AIAF Wagga Wagga hosts a collection of the best new Australian animation. This is the first opportunity each year to see a comprehensive collection of new Australian films, many of them introduced by the filmmakers in attendance. A vital and popular program, 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.

Best of International Student Animation (M15+)

A collection of the best new student animation from some of the best schools in the world. These films defy any notion of amateur status and showcase amazing competitive talent that demands attention and makes waves. And YOU get to vote for the Best of the Best. Your votes will choose the film named “Best Student Film” at MIAF in JUNE and everybody who completes a voting form goes in the draw to win a Full MIAF 15 Pass with the lucky winner announced on Sunday night.

3 Days in Paris (M15+)

Last year AIAF Co-Director, Malcolm Turner, spent three days visiting every animation studio, school and distributor in Paris that he knew. That’s a LOT of coffee, a LOT of Metro tickets and a LOT of films. This program showcases the pick of that crop. Some older films that established a studio, some newer films that are lighting up the festival circuit. Turner will introduce this program in detail, offering insights on both the historic and contemporary Paris animation scene as he saw it on this trip.

Kid’s Program (All Ages)

Definitely one of the must-see events of AIAF every year, an incredible 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 youngest viewers 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. This year, the AIAF Kids program has been co-curated by Nic Marhsall, a programmer at the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Loved by adults as well, this program is truly exceptional.

Late Night Bizarre (R18+)

This is animation that chases you down! You can run but you’ll only die tired. Your best bet is to just buckle yourself down and take it all in. You know you want it! We know you want it! Here it is!


Animation 101: Malcolm Turner's Top Shelf

AIAF Co-Director Malcolm Turner has had another highly animated year attending festivals, traveling to more than a dozen countries, meeting hundreds of filmmakers, wading through 3,500+ new films, researching and curating a wild collection of programs..... and he has a few favourites he wants to pull down from his top shelf and share with you.

Animation 102: Making Percival Pilts
Presented by John Lewis & Janette Goodey

Janette Goodey and John Lewis will take the audience through the creation of The Story of Percival Pilts, a brand new stop motion animated puppet film made in Melbourne and narrated by Mark Hadlow (The Hobbit). They will discuss their journey from conception to projection, including the making of the meticulously hand-crafted sets and puppets, resourceful in-camera effects, the pleasures and pain of rhyming verse, and one extraordinary production baby.

Animation 103: Click-by-Click: Building LEGO from the sound up
Presented by Damian Candusso

Sound Designer Damian Candusso will discuss the creation of the soundtrack for the animated blockbuster film The LEGO Movie. By designing sounds that evoke childhood memories of playing with the plastic bricks, balanced with the larger than life sound of the Hollywood soundtrack, Damian describes the process of bringing these iconic bricks to life. Damian will provide an insight into building several scenes layer by layer.

Animation 104: Performance Capturing Hobbits, Apes & Beyond
Presented by Peter Divers

Weta Digital Motion Capture Animator Pete Divers, will share his workflows for animation and motion capture gained from his past experiences on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Over one hour Pete will show you what it take to bring a CG visual effects shot from start to finish working with Camera animation, motion tracking and animation libraries before customizing motion to help tell a story.

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 or consider liking the Facebook page:

Film classification regulations in Australia require all films to either be formally classified OR restricted to an audience of either 15 years or 18 years of age and over, depending on the content of the program. Most festivals do not have the resources to formally classify their programs and it is for this reason alone that AIAF has a range of age restrictions.

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 5:30pm to Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 9:30pm
Submission Deadline 
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 12:45pm
Forum 6 Cinema
77 Trail Street
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650