Animation in the past decade has certainly grown in popularity, not only with kids and adult audiences (a phenomenon which Salon's Andrew O'Hehr has subtitled "kidult-oriented animation"), but also with the advancements of technology, many have tried their hand at creating an animated short, for example the 2011 winner of the Tropfest Short Film FestivalDamon Gameau and his short film 'Animal Beatbox,' which reportedly cost only $80!
Here the very best short films from all over the world will be screened!
Supinfocom This program brings together the very latest productions from the students of the renowned Supinfocom (Supérieure d'informatique de communication), a specialist University with campuses in Valenciennes, Arles (France) and Pune (India). Here you will see the future of animation!
Australian animation is thriving, particularly with Shaun Tanh's recent Oscar win for 'The Lost Thing', which recalled fellow Australian animator Adam Elliot's 2004 win with 'Harvie Krumpet'. This selection of short animated films will focus on the latest productions from Australian animators, who will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions after the screenings.
This is the home of experimental animation.
View some of the lengthier entrants of the competition.
The very latest productions from the annual Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) conferences, which are held in the USA and Asia. Pixar often unveil their latest productions at the prestigious event, which focuses on CG films.
Late Night Bizarre
As the title suggests, this is the home for the animated films which cannot be categorised! Expect the unexpected!
There are also several other programs on offer besides the in-competition screenings including;
Each year the festival focuses on an animation technique and in 2011 there will be a focus on 'Cut-Out' animation, as used in the first episode of South Park and in Terry Gilliam's animated sequences in Monty Python's Flying Circus. This style of animation is still in vogue, despite the advancement of technology, and often it is seen in many modern music videos as well as children's television series such as Angela Anaconda, Blue's Clues and Charlie and Lola. The program will include screenings of the very first 'Cut-Out' animation productions, to some of the modern examples which often utilise software programs, for example season 5 and onwards of South Park.
A program featuring the works of award winning British animator Phil Mulloy, who is well known for his distinctive cutting edge animation.
Best Of The Next: The International Graduate Animation Festival
View the latest productions from up and coming filmmakers from all around the world. This film program is composed of short films from 25 countries and over 60 schools.
A chance to view some of the features, which only just missed out on being part of the competition!
There are also four retrospective programs, including programs on the United Productions of America (UPA), whose most famous creations include 'Mr. Magoo' and 'Gerald McBoing-Boing,' as well as a program dedicated to London's Royal College of Art animation department, which is celebrating 30 years.
There are also programs dedicated to Austrian animation and digital art culture - in particular Six Pack Film and Prix Ars Electronica. Two forums are also scheduled, a free 'Careers Forum' presented by Holmesglen and 'Animation 101s'.
All these special events are just a preview of the upcoming festival program, which will be held at ACMI. For all the very latest check Facebook and Twitter and see the full schedule here. For the ticketing details see here.