AIAF2019

Full Program

Hosted at Forum 6 Cinemas
Friday, May 17, 2019
- Doors Open / VR VIllage

Welcome to AIAF. We invite you to mingle, have some food & drink, and maybe take the opportunity to plunge headfirst into the exciting realm of cutting-edge 360° and Virtual Reality animated short films! For the first time our Opening Night will feature a unique interactive experience of VR filmmaking to explore. Thanks to the latest and greatest research going on at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the Bachelor of Creative Industries, we’re extremely pleased to share new frontiers in creative storytelling for audiences to enjoy. What a cool way to kickstart an amazing festival program!

Films, Event | Mature (15+)
- International Program #1

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+ films competing for your love. 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. Be the first to experience these beautiful films on the big screen!

Films | Mature (15+)
- Late Night Bizarre

It's back. We dug deep to find the best and this is what you find when you go down that far. Our annual haul of the most pungent pieces that have been slid under our door in the last twelve months. So, sit down, put your hands where we can see them and take in the full-bodied aroma of Late Night Bizarre 2019.

Films | Restricted (18+)
Saturday, May 18, 2019
- Kids Program

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.

Films | General (all ages)
- Best of International Student Animation

A selection of the best new student animation drawn from almost 100 grad reels from more than 20 countries. These films defy any notion of amateur status and showcase amazing competitive talent that demands attention and makes waves. And you are the jury - your vote determines the winner AND you go in the prize to win a DOUBLE Festival Pass to MIAF 2019.

Films | Mature (15+)
- RENDER

What makes this brilliant new AIAF program unmissable? What would incentivise you to travel all the way to Wagga to make this session unbelievably worthwhile? How about 2-hours of rapid-fire essential wisdom from a diverse range over 16 professional people who specialise in animation and creative opportunities?

Seminar | Mature (15+)
- International Program #2

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+ films competing for your love. 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. Be the first to experience these beautiful films on the big screen!

Films | Mature (15+)
- Australian Showcase

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.

Films | Mature (15+)
- AIAF Social

We listened and heard you loud and clear. What makes the AIAF experience so magical? The incredibly friendly, enthusiastic, good-humoured, supportive people who love creativity and make the festival an unmissable event. After being introduced to everyone at RENDER and the Australian Showcase on Saturday, we finally get a rare occasion where everyone can come together and network, celebrate, relax, and enjoy this wonderous creative community.

Event | Mature (15+)
Sunday, May 19, 2019
- Kids Program

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.

Films | General (all ages)
- International Program #3

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+ films competing for your love. 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. Be the first to experience these beautiful films on the big screen!

Films | Mature (15+)
- Malcolm Turner Presents...

We managed to get Turner out of the office for most of the year - it helps keep the place clean and he usually comes back some pretty wild stuff. Whether it was teaching at Bezalel University in Jerusalem, hanging out in the Georgian Film Centre in Tbilisi, chasing the McLeod Brothers around London pubs, wearing out his welcome at the NFB in Montreal or launching charm offensives on distributors from one end of Europe to the other, he's come home with a full goody-bag of the best stuff.... and here it is.

Seminar | Mature (15+)
- SIGGRAPH Showcase

It's time to touch base with that massive global 'hitching post' of the digerati.... SIGGRAPH. For over 40 years, this event has been shining the brightest light down the digital animating path, encouraging devotees of the form to constantly push boundaries and experiment with new tools, toys and ideas.

Films | Mature (15+)
- The Rosto Tetralogy

Writer, graphic artist, musician, animator..... long-time inspirational friend of AIAF & MIAF. Driven and with an audaciously broad panoramic artistic vision, Rosto remains one of the most powerful, gifted and interesting multi-discipline artists of our age. In fact, Rosto's life and his art are inextricably comingled. He lived inside the creative zone in which he imagined his films and, in turn, his films drove the way he lived and how he imagined the zone he lived within. It's a giant tumbling ball, simultaneously part controlled and part random supplier of inspirational kilowatts. Similarly, the music that he created with his band Thee Wreckers feeds into and draws from his animation. His latest film, "Reruns" completes a four film 'tetralogy' and his Paris based production house, Autour de Minuit, has completed a documentary outlining this stunning achievement as well as laying down some of the history and inspiration behind this creative turbine. AIAF Co-Director, Malcolm Turner, visited Rosto last year in his home city of Amsterdam and locked in a special screening of this collection of unique work. He will do his best to introduce the program before turning the audience over to the tender mercies of an artist who promises almost everything except compromise.

Films | Mature (15+)