*** AIAF returns 12–14 May, 2017 ****

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AIAF2016 Schedule


Friday 13th May

  • 5:30pm - Doors Open
  • 6:00pm - Official Opening & International Program #1
  • 8.00pm – Best of International Student Animation


Saturday 14th May

  • 1.30pm - Kids Screening (all ages)
  • 3.00pm - Animation 101: Malcolm Turner’s Annual Animation Adventure
  • 4:30pm - Animation 102: Lindsay Adams – Making Mad Max: Fury Road
  • 6.00pm - Australian Showcase & Meet the Australian Filmmakers
  • 8.00pm - International Program #2
  • 9:30pm - Late Night Bizarre (18+)


Sunday 15th May

  • 1.30pm - Kids Screening (all ages) [Repeat]
  • 3.00pm - Animation 103: Mimi Leung – A Look Inside High Impact Animation
  • 4.30pm - Animation 104: Arguing The Australian Animation Perspective
  • 6.00pm - International Program #3
  • 7.30pm - SIGGPRAPH Showcase





International Programs 1-3 (M15+)


The International Programs are the backbone of the whole AIAF mission. Your up-to-date snapshot of the world’s independent animation scene. The freshest new shorts taken from the 4,000+ that entered (a smashing new record folks!!) There’s every style, every technique, every genre. Drawn from a global call for entries, they are a set of headlights illuminating the current state of the international indie and auteur animation scene worldwide. Step right up – get ‘em while they’re hot!


Australian Showcase (M15+)


Our most important program. AIAF Wagga Wagga hosts a collection of the best new Australian animation. This is the first opportunity each year to see a comprehensive collection of new Australian films, many of them introduced by the filmmakers in attendance. A vital and popular program, there aren’t many opportunities to see Australian animation on the big screen and each year AIAF probably shows more than any other event in the world. This is an opportunity to see what Australian animators are doing, how they’re doing it and how the art form is traveling. After the screening there is a chance to meet many of the animators, hear them talk about their films and ask them questions about their work.


Best of International Student Animation (M15+)


A collection of the best new student animation from some of the best schools in the world. These films defy any notion of amateur status and showcase amazing competitive talent that demands attention and makes waves. And YOU get to vote for the Best of the Best. Your votes will choose the film named “Best Student Film” at MIAF in JUNE and everybody who completes a voting form goes in the draw to win a Full MIAF 15 Pass with the lucky winner announced on Sunday night.


Kid’s Program (All Ages)


Definitely one of the must-see events of AIAF every year, an incredible program of films specially selected to spark the imaginations of our most special audience. Animation, like childhood, can be just full of wonder with the biggest pleasures being the simplest ones. This program carefully chosen for our youngest viewers strips away all the soft-sell toy ads and the over-the-top blockbuster-style special effects and just delivers up a program of wonderful films full of simple joys. Loved by adults as well, this program is truly exceptional.


Late Night Bizarre (R18+)


This is animation that chases you down! You can run but you’ll only die tired. Your best bet is to just buckle yourself down and take it all in. You know you want it! We know you want it! Here it is!




Animation 101: Malcolm Turner’s Annual Animation Adventures


AIAF Co-Director Malcolm Turner returns for his annual, informal ani-sermon extolling the virtues of the shiniest animated gems that he has gathered up in his travels since he last graced the stage in Wagga Wagga. Eclectic and unpredictable, this 101 will be a combination of films and filmmakers to watch out for, analysis of some of the more challenging and confounding pieces he has stumbled across, examples of genres that have captured his fascination and rich shards of animation history reaching well back through the decades.


Animation 102: Lindsay Adams – Making Mad Max: Fury Road


Lindsay graduated from CSU in 2000 and has since won international acclaim working for the biggest visual effects houses in the industry. His impressive body of work includes Lord of the Rings, Avengers, 300 and Harry Potter to name a few. Lindsay is a Supervisor at Iloura and will give an exclusive behind the scenes look at Iloura's Oscar Nominated work on Mad Max: Fury Road.


Animation 103: Mimi Leung – A Look Inside High Impact Animation


Mimi Leung was born in Hong Kong, raised in England, studied at Central St. Martins and the Royal College of Art in London and is a freelance illustrator and animator. Her clients include Samsung and The New York Times. She wrote and recorded her own album so as to have easy access to music to teach herself how to make music videos and she has a natural talent for incorporating her illustration work into her quirky, high energy animated films. Mimi travels to AIAF to discuss her animating process and rapidly evolving styles and influences.


Animation 104: Arguing The Australian Animation Perspective


A chance to take the pulse of the Australian animation ecosystem. Films, funding, schools and the challenges involved in carving out a career in animation in Australia will be but a few of the topics tackled by a panel of visiting filmmakers and related industry professionals. AIAF’s “Australian Showcase” is the first major screening of Australian animation each year and this collection will help inform and propel what promises to be a lively and diverse discussion.




General admission to the festival is rated M15+ except for the Kids Program (all ages) and Late Night Bizarre (Restricted to 18+).


Kids Program – Specifically programmed towards 4 – 10 year olds whilst still entertaining more mature patrons, this screening gives children the world’s best animation for a just $8! Pricing includes adults.


Late Night Bizarre– Film classification regulations in Australia require that this program is restricted to an audience of 18 years of age and over. Please respect that we are not able to admit any person under the age of 18 years into this screening due to graphic adult content that may offend.


The Animation Seminars for free for anyone to attend but may contain mature content.


For more information please visit the official website www.aiaf.info, contact Andrew Hagan via (02) 6933 2932 or ahagan@csu.edu.au, or call the School of Communication and Creative Industries (02) 6933 2473. If you would like to stay updated with daily AIAF news, please consider liking the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/australianfestival




Film classification regulations in Australia require all films to either be formally classified OR restricted to an audience of either 15 years or 18 years of age and over, depending on the content of the program. Most festivals do not have the resources to formally classify their programs and it is for this reason alone that AIAF has a range of age restrictions.