by GREG KING
The Melbourne International Animation Festival screens at ACMI from June 19-June 29. The festival features new animation from around the world, as well as a showcase of new animation from France. There is a showcase of highlights from the Paris production company Sacrebleu, as well as a special program of shorts from animator Chris Sullivan. There will be a special screening of The Stressful Adventures Of Boxhead And Roundhead, a new feature from New York based animator Elliot Cowan, who will also be a guest of the festival and will participate in a Q&A session on Friday June 20.
As a whopping eleven day celebratory feast of forums, workshops and over 400 of the best recently released, historical and retrospective animation from around the world, MIAF continues to promise fearlessly uncompromising programs to inspire, delight and challenge those pesky notions that animation as an artform is merely a 3D-CG-block-buster-a-rama. Because here at MIAF central, we definitely know that’s not the case. Indie animation is an artform that continues to thrive and develop as a breathtaking medley of styles, materials, techniques and production – from hand drawn, paint on glass, collage, sculpture, cut outs, puppets, abstract, sand/salt, solely digital to some of the more interesting developments in 3D
There will also be workshops and masterclass sessions for aspiring animators.
To learn more about the 2014 Melbourne International Animation Festival, Greg King spoke to the festival director Malcolm Turner for his radio program Movies At Dusk