It feels like we are at the height of festival season at the moment with Annecy just about to kick off and Sydney Film festival and Zagreb winding down. Adding to this season of plenty, Australia’s largest animation festival Melbourne International animation Festival approaches quickly (Opening June 21, 2015). There looks to be a lot of juiciness in the 40+ programs on offer.
This year’s line up includes a special selection from the legendary NFB, including Bus Stories (Tali, 2014), Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove, 2014), No Fish Where to Go (Nicola Lemay, Janice Nadeau, 2014). Also featured in the international program are some of my favourites from the festival circuit from the last year- World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt, 2015), My Dad, (Marcus Armitage, 2014), Hipopotamy (Piotr Dumala, 2014) as well as many that I’m looking forward to seeing for the first time.
The festival will be opening on Sunday the 21st of June with its Australian Showcase screening. There are some swell looking new films in there- these are a selection that we’re especially looking forward to catching.
Husk by Paul Howell-
Howell uses life size puppets to bring his ideas to life. He explains- ‘“Husk” is a statement against the drive for total control that CG techniques impose. Husk embraces environmental unpredict-ability with changes in lighting, weather and events giving the film a genuine living feeling. It is not pretend, made up from polygons, the film is part of the real world and existed during filming.’
Also, the long awaited new film from Mikey Hill will be playing after its premier at the Sydney Film Festival this week.
Check out the full line up of screenings and talks on the MIAF website here.