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Screen Queensland supports Australian International Animation Festival

Screen Queensland supports Australian International Animation Festival

Screen Queensland is pleased to support the Queensland season of the Australian International Animation Festival (AIAF), commencing today, Friday 1 August until Sunday 3 August 2014 at the State Library of Queensland, South Bank.

The AIAF will then travel to Cairns for its North Queensland season to be held from Friday 8 August until Saturday 9 August 2014 at the Cairns Art House outdoor cinema.

The AIAF will feature 90 best and new animated shorts from around the world selected from some 3 000 entries from this year’s 14th Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF).

“Queensland boasts a burgeoning animation industry and is fast becoming an animation hub for both emerging and professional screen practitioners,” said Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira.

“We identified the importance of supporting the AIAF in presenting for the first time this year’s ‘mini festival’ in Queensland as its provides opportunities for Queensland’s animators and facilitates a vital networking resource for the industry.”

Festival director Malcolm Turner has curated six sessions including an Australian Showcase screening 22 new Australian animations, two International Programs, a Kids Program, a Late Night Bizarre and Special Features.

As part of the Special Features strand, Queensland audiences will have the opportunity to view two features with the much acclaimed documentary Persistence of Vision by Kevin Schreck and the iconic Australian animated feature (newly digitally preserved), Grendel, Grendel, Grendel (nominated for an AFI in 1981) by pioneer animator Alex Stitt.

Director Kevin Schreck will hold a special Q&A session following the screening of Persistence of Vision on Saturday 2 August at 6.30pm plus Alex Stitt will also hold a Q&A session following the Grendel, Grendel, Grendel screening at Griffith Film School cinema on Sunday 3 August at 1.30pm.

Screen Queensland is supporting the AIAF as part of its Screen Culture Funding Program which works to extend the reach of film activities throughout the State including regional Queensland.

Screen Queensland’s Screen Culture funding enables film and other screen-based content to be celebrated and supports events and activities such as film festivals, screenings, workshops, seminars and visits by Australian and international filmmakers and screen practitioners.

For further information on the Australian International Animation Festival and Screen Queensland please visit www.screenqueensland.com.au or visit their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/events/738947759489446/?fref=ts