It's eclectic, inspired, transcends expectations, and doing it all on the unbeatable BIG screen. It's Melbourne International Animation Art Festival of course! Screening from 19 to 25 July 2021, that's your week of BIG screen animation sorted! The 200 plus works on display was curated from 4000 submissions. Featuring contemporary and retrospective pieces from emerging and established talent, animation requires artistry, imagination, and technical skill. It captivates and transports. Come along and see through the eyes of the world's most creative animators with MIAF.
You'll find the full program here, with all screenings at ACMI, Federation Square, corner Flinders and Swanston Street, in the CBD. Many of the filmmakers will be there to introduce their new films. Grab yourselves Individual Tickets for 19 sessions of animation, or save yourself some dollars by getting a 6 Session Pass or a Festival Pass. Naturally, ACMI Members get it cheaper, so be sure to check out MEMBERSHIPS at ACMI.
The program opens with the World Premiere of master Australian animator Michael Cusack's brand new, poignantly beautifulThe Better Angels. Nobody shows more Australian animation than MIAF and the annual Australian Showcase is a great way to get festivities underway and bring this survey of great new Australian animation to the big screen where it looks and sounds best. You'll find many other Australian offerings via the link.
Every day of the festival is filled with a program that covers a variety of genres from action, fiction, darkness, the abstract, the bizarre and more. Animation has the licence of imagination. If you can imagine it, you can show it, as animation has the incredible ability to morph, shape-shift and transition from one place to another, limited only by the imagination of the animator. The world of independent animation has its fair share of masters: animators who have spent a lifetime bending the art form to their will, and you get to enjoy their vision at a festival like no other. This program showcases a range of films that drive that notion of what an animated character can truly be stretched to become.
Anything is possible. The rules that bind theatre, literature or even live-action film just don't apply. For instance, Dark Hearts has a deliciously seductive cruelty and velvet malevolence that purrs beneath the skin and directs the claws of so much fine animation. Whether it is depicting the misshapen internal logic of the psychopath, recreating the darkest horrors no live-action camera was present to capture or Trojan-horsing a vision of darkness past the first line of our defences, animation is an art form perfectly suited for the purveyors of these dark visions.
Amongst the mix, Late Night Bizarre is back. Digging deep to find the best, you'll find the annual haul of the most pungent pieces that have been slid under MIAF's door in the last 12 months. So, sit down, put your hands where it can be seen, and take in the full-bodied aroma of Late Night Bizarre 2021! There are also retrospective, historical, and special programs. Prepare to see the Best of the Festival where judges have judged, audiences have audienced and the best of the best has emerged. Best of the Fest is extremely popular so be sure to get your tickets early. There's certainly plenty in the program to whet your appetite.
Stay updated via MIAF's Facebook, where you're likely to find gems as per image below. All you need is an eagle eye! Put it to the test for a chance to WIN a double pass to a screening of your choice!If you spot one of our posters around town, snap a pic, use the tag #miaf2021 and @ MIAG at @animationfest and they'll enter you into the prize draw - winner to be announced Sunday 18th July. Get in quick! and Good Luck!