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MIAF 2012

19 Jun

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And it’s here once again: the spine-tingling, mind-blowing, death-defying, break-neck, out-of-this-world event of Melbourne’s cinema scene – the Melbourne International Animation Festival, or, MIAF 2012. The world unites as one in a place where age, race, religion, status, and cultural background are replaced by the artistic wonder that is animation. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: THIS is the event to blow your socks off and demolish the barriers of creative limitations you thought existed. But why take this fanboy’s word for it? Why not let the films speak for themselves…

This year focuses on Belgium and Poland. Natives – come support your nations! Non-natives – come see why the natives think they’re cooler than you! And to the anime fans out there: why not get a taste of REAL Japanese animation? Take Bonnie for example. Impressed? Well there’s much more where that came from.

Last night’s Opening Night Gala gave us a taste of what to expect from this year’s festival. This cannot be stressed enough: there is something in this festival for literally everyone. Everything from child-friendly animation to adult-only head trips; from the 1940s to the present day; from cut-out to claymation to CGI to 3D; with over 400 films from over 30 countries is very likely your fancy will be tickled. I will be there all week and so should you.

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