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The Melbourne International Animation Festival just celebrated it’s 10th edition!

BEST OF THE FEST was won by Martinus Klemet from Estonia with In The Air.

BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM went to Ink by Justine Wallace.

Along with the screening of more than 2,500 films and with animators coming from all over the world, MIAF hosted a special Direct to Film/Scratch Animation workshop with special guest, Steven Woloshen from Canada.

‘Direct-to-film’ is a painstaking way to create animation. Scratching or hand painting tiny images directly onto film stock one frame at a time takes a steady hand and a mystical grasp of ‘visual rhythm’.

Len Lye and Norman McLaren were the earliest, and most important, exponents of the form but contemporary animators such as Richard Reeves and Steven Woloshen (both long-time MIAF favourites) continue to create stunning examples of the technique. (Miaf)

Steven conducted the masterclass over the course of 2 days. With the end result consisting of a 3 min collection of direct to film pieces, created by both experienced animators and newcomers alike. The finished piece is currently being digitized by MIAF and will hopefully be posted here soon!

Steven is also behind this year’s trailer for the festival using that very same technique:

Congratulations to all entries, awards and MIAF for its 10th edition!

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