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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

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