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Australian International Animation Festival 2017

CSU Animation & Visual Effects present the 14th Anniversary of the Australian International Animation Festival, running Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Australian International Animation Festival 2017CSU Animation and Visual Effects is proud to present the 14th Anniversary of the Australian International Animation Festival. This internationally renowned event features over 120 prestigious films adeptly selected from more than 4,000 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 talented Australian animators 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 come along and thoroughly enjoy the AIAF experience.

Forum 6 Cinema
77 Trail Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
+61 2 6921 6863
Date: Friday 12th – Sunday 14th May 2017

  • FREE Animation 10x Seminars
  • $8 Kids Program
  • $13 Single Session
  • $50 Full Festival Pass

WIN amazing door prizes from Wacom, Toon Boom Animation & MIAF!!!

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:

AIAF2016 Schedule

Friday 12th May

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

Saturday 13th May

  • 12.30pm - Kids Screening (all ages)
  • 2.00pm - Animation 101: Turner comes in from the cold (free seminar)
  • 3:00pm - Animation 102: 10-years of CSU Animation & Visual Effects (free seminar)
  • 4.30pm - International Program #2
  • 7.30pm - Australian Showcase & Meet the Australian Filmmakers
  • 9:00pm - Late Night Bizarre (18+)

Sunday 14th May

  • 12.30pm - Kids Screening (all ages) [Repeat]
  • 2.00pm - Animation 103: Stop-Mo & CG: Different Techniques, Same Goals (free seminar)
  • 3.00pm - Animation 104: 2016 – Year of the Animated Masters (free seminar)
  • 4.30pm - International Program #3
  • 6.00pm – SIGGRAPH Showcase


AIAF attendees can win a new Wacom Intuos Pro (Paper Edition) graphics tablet, professional Toon Boom products, 2 x Full Festival Passes to the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) and more…


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 4,000+ films competing for your love. 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. Be the first to experience these beautiful films on the big screen!

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 17 Pass with the lucky winner announced on Sunday night.

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. Loved by adults as well, this program is truly exceptional.

Late Night Bizarre (R18+)

Are you ready for the unforgettable thrills of our most daring program? The ultimate experience in pushing the wildest boundaries of contemporary animation returns for our adventurous audience’s viewing pleasure. Prepare the Alphabetti-Spaghetti for anyone who told you animation is just cartoons for kids. You know you want it! We know you want it! Here it is!

SIGGRAPH Showcase (M15+)

It’s time to touch base with that massive global ‘hitching post’ of the digerati.... SIGGRAPH. For over 40 years, this event has been shining the brightest light down the digital animating path, encouraging devotees of the form to constantly push boundaries and experiment with new tools, toys and ideas.


Animation 101: Turner comes in from the cold

AIAF Co-Director Malcolm Turner pulls down some top-shelf animated favourites for his annual animation garage sale. Reflecting on a year of travels and discoveries, expect some insights into the often-bizarre world of new indie Chinese animation, some highlights from an especially good trip to Ireland (as far as he can recall) and the painless extraction of gems from his personal archive which currently sits at 20,000 titles. This is animation-land’s ultimate Show Bag – BYO lollies.

Animation 102: 10-years of CSU Animation and Visual Effects

AIAF Co-Director and CSU lecturer Andrew Hagan will reveal the untold story behind the stories. Revelations, unbelievable but true stories, exclusive photos & video from the past, and a few special guests will mark this historic occasion. Join us as we celebrate a decade since Charles Sturt University launched Australia’s first undergraduate degree dedicated to the art and science of Animation & Visual Effects and also praise the Multimedia alumni that helped pave the way.

Animation 103: Stop-Mo & CG: Different Techniques, Same Goals

Alice Markham, director of the stop-motion story “LOSS”, and Matt Barron, director of 3D film “The Cloud Factory”, share valuable insights into making heartfelt character-driven animations through very diverse mediums. Discussing the similarities and differences in their filmmaking processes, they share universal truths that applied to their independent productions, and offer expert tips for other filmmakers using highly-specialised techniques.

Animation 104: 2016 – Year of the Animated Masters

It turns out that 2016 was the year that many of the true living masters of animation all released new films. Nobody saw this coming – and nobody’s put it all together until NOW!!! Think Priit Parn, Phil Mulloy, Koji Yamamura, Marv Newland, Raoul Servais, Joan Gratz and others. This very special presentation will introduce you, in turn, to each of these extremely important animators and then screen their very latest work.

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 old’s whilst still entertaining more mature patrons, this screening gives children the world’s best animation for just $8! 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 call the Forum 6 Cinema (02) 6921 6863. If you would like to stay updated with daily AIAF news, please consider liking the Facebook page:

AIAF2017 in the cinema

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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 5:30pm to Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 9:30pm
Submission Deadline 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 12:00am
Forum 6 Cinema
77 Trail Street
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650