With MIAF just around the corner, you could get warmed up by attending the 63rd Sydney Film Festival, running June 8-19, SFF is presenting a series of wonderful animated programs: Kids Animation Showcase, Animation After Dark Showcase and International Animation Showcase. Collectively, these films form a snapshot of a vibrant, vital artform authored by filmmakers of incredible imagination and boundless creative dexterity.
Screening more Australian animation than anywhere else in the world, the prolific 2016 Melbourne International Animation Festival explodes once again in the heart of Melbourne at ACMI in Federation Square from June 19 for 8 days of culturally infused mind-blowing animation.
Kicking off the festival Sunday, 19 June, with the highly anticipated Australian Showcase. Also featured are the crowd favorites: International Competitions Programs, Panorama Programs, Best of the Next, Late Night Bizarre, Kids Program and Best of the Fest. Not to mention, the fantastic line up of themed programs featuring films and studios from Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, USA and more.
Highlights from this year’s exciting program include a focus on Black & White Animation, an exclusive look at restored Classic Disney Shorts from 1930s – 1940s, Indie LA, a comprehensive wrap up of the independent LA animation scene, plus many more, including an array of special guests, both local and international.
Canadian based animator, Theodore Ushev, one of the boldest innovators within the 3D stereoscopic realm of animation, will be one of MIAF’s most anticipated guests.
MIAF’s annual symposium introduces for the first time, Animated Melbourne Made dedicated to celebrating the development and history of Melbourne’s own world-class animators. Including a ‘retrospective’ program featuring Dirk de Bruyn, one of Australia’s more acclaimed abstract animators.
The Melbourne International Animation Festival provides an arable space for art and cultural expansion. The dynamic experience saturates the audience’s minds, immersing them in the complex and colourful world of animation, while expanding their horizons to find a whole new world beyond the socio-cultural understanding of main-stream animation. MIAF16 offers an eclectic selection of the weird and inspirational mash of creative talent, showing that in animation, anything is possible.
Full program details, schedule and events descriptions: www.miaf.net
Some of you might remember our story a few years ago on a wonderful stop-motion music video, I Have Your Heart, by Melbourne based Director, Jim Batt.
Well Jim is now back on set and behind the camera with an upcoming stop motion animation ‘The Grave of Saint Oran’ which is based on Neil Gaiman’s poem ‘In Relig Odhrain’.
“This is a true story. Well, as true as any story about a sixth-century Irish saint can be. The churchyard is there, on Iona. You can even visit it.” – Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning
Having smashed their original funding goal of $45,000 on Kickstarter. The crew is now hard at work meticulously hand animating frame by frame the paper cutouts beautifully illustrated by artist Ellen Barkin Söderholm.
Follow their progress by following them on Instagram or by visiting the film’s Website.
We at Ozanimate may have taken a breather for the last month or so but the independent animation scene in Australia never rests. Here are a few choice offerings that we’ve loved over the last little while.
Tiny Man, Directed by Dirty Puppet for Pause Fest.
Bottersnikes and Gumbles is a new 52 part animated series developed at Mighty Nice in collaboration with Cheeky Little Media, for BBC, Netflix and Channel 7. In need of an awesome title sequence to set the mood and tone for the show they turned to their in house animation Maestro, Alex Grigg to direct.
Alex who is also one of our top curators here on the site (*Shameless promotion here, Sorry!) has a childhood history with the IP and together with a talented team of artists and producers delivered this special intro. Giving nod to Desmond Digby, the illustrator of the ‘Bottersnikes and Gumbles’ books, the stylized storytelling and look of the 2D titles complements the 3D episodes as well as standing on its own.