Countdown to MIAF

Merely a few days away from the launch of Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) 2013, we check in with the team to see how this year’s festival is coming along.

It’s all systems go here at MIAF HQ with guests confirming daily. In addition to the presenting guests, Japanese master Koji Yamamura and Canadian indie extraordinaire Patrick Jenkins, we’ve just received news that filmmakers from Poland, USA, UK, Taiwan and Canada will also be making their way to Melbourne.

'The Elevator', Koji Yamamura

‘The Elevator’, Koji Yamamura

Last minute speakers for the RENDER Animation conference – an exciting new addition to the MIAF 2013 program – are also being confirmed. In the last few days we’ve locked in Canadian animator and documentary filmmaker Jeff Chiba Sterns, the creative force behind Australian studio Rubber House and Australian illustrator Chris Edser. With only a few spots to fill, the conference promises to be a highly entertaining event.

Also unique to the 2013 program is a special project we’re extremely excited to have been part of: the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure the digital preservation of Alex Stitt’s groundbreaking animated feature Grendel Grendel Grendel (1981).

For those of you who don’t know the back story, Stitt (known for his Slip! Slop! Slap! and Life. Be In It. animations) presented at MIAF 2012. His involvement opened a treasure trove of animation gems including the discovery of a pristine 35mm print of his first feature, Grendel Grendel Grendel.

GRENDEL GRENDEL GRENDEL

‘Grendel Grendel Grendel’

Realising the importance of this discovery we set up a fundraising campaign to raise the funds for its digital preservation. With a lot of generous support the goal was successfully met on June 1!

This precious piece of Australian animation history is now being lovingly preserved by Peter Jackson’s post production house in Wellington – arguably some of the best digital transfer technicians in the world. The restored digital print will make its big-screen premiere at MIAF on Sun 30 Jun at 5pm.

And, if all of that is not exciting enough, a phone call from a person who knew of our passion for Stitt’s films led us to a long-lost stash of uniquely engineered 3D glasses required to watch his second feature Abracadabra in the format it was intended to be seen.

'Abracadabra'

‘Abracadabra’

Until now, this feature has never before been screened publically in Australia. We’re delighted to premiere this Pied Piper inspired comic fantasy at MIAF 2013, complete with a souvenir pair of the special glasses aptly known as ‘Abragoggles’, on Thu 27 June at 6.30pm.

Check out these special events as well as a feast of forums and 400 of the best recently released, historical and retrospective animations from around the world at MIAF 2013. You never know what treasures we might uncover this year!

The Melbourne International Animation Festival 2013 runs at ACMI from Thursday 20 June - Sunday 30 June 2013.

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