Newcastle International Animation Festival (NIAF)

NEWCASTLE. FRIDAY 15 - SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2019


NEWCASTLE'S GLOBAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL RETURNS!

Proudly presented by the School Of Creative Industries as part of FESTIVAL X!

Returning to Newcastle for its fifth year, the Newcastle International Animation Festival (NIAF) will showcase over 80 of the best animated short-films from around the world! Across the three day animation feast, be inspired by an eclectic line-up of animation from award winners, outstanding industry icons, inspiring independents, stupendous studios, and newcomers exploring their talent on screen for the very first time.

This year Opening Night will present the Australian Showcase, a collection of stand-out Aussie animations, screened alongside talks from some of Australia’s most talented animators who will share their journeys in taking animation to the world.The night will wrap with a Q&A session, so you can pick the brains of these industry legends, a must-see for aspiring animators! The speaker line up will include:

  • Award winning Writer, Director and Animator Alex Weight (‘Happy Feet’, ‘Prank’, ‘Blinky Bill: The Movie’,)
  • Animation Supervisor and Storyboard Artist Simon Ashton (‘Peter Rabbit’, ‘The Lego Movie’, ‘The Lion King 2)

The lovable Saturday Kids animation session returns bigger than ever at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music’s Harold Lobb Theatre from 10.30am. Kick off the session with some face painting, enjoy live entertainment by Newcastle of Conservatorium’s junior vocal ensemble the Supertonics, and load up with popcorn, choc tops and fairy floss!

On Saturday evening catch back-to-back sessions of our International showcases, the mind-exploding Late Night Bizarre, and a special session of work by hilarious 2D animators and BAFTA winners The Brothers McLeod.

Can’t make Friday or Saturday sessions? Or keen to catch the films a second time round? There will be reruns of most of the sessions on Sunday. Check program for details. Tickets on sale now! For regular updates follow on Facebook or Twitter.

NIAF PROGRAM

FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

TimeSessionLocationOverview
8pm-10:30pm Opening Night: Australian Showcase & Special Guests Harold Lobb Theatre, Newcastle Conservatorium

Let’s kick off with a celebration of Australian Animation! A visual discovery from Australia's animation stars, rivaling the world's best. Talks from industry professionals, then stick around for the Q&A to uncover how they did it. Unclassified 15+ (children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian). Book now

SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

TimeSessionLocationOverview
10:30am - Noon Kids Program Harold Lobb Theatre, Newcastle Conservatorium Lots of fun for all animation explorers. A cute, quirky, giggle-worthy session that will fill them with wonder. Face painting and entertainment by ‘Supertonics’ before the show. Great for ages 2 and up.  Book now
6:00-7:15pm Masters Of Mayhem: The Brothers McLeod Showcase

Demonstration Theatre, University House

Some of the best crafted, well thought out pieces of animated insanity from the imaginations of Greg and Myles McLeod. Unclassified 15+ (children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian). Book now

7:30-8:45pm International 1 Demonstration Theatre, University HouseOne of two stunning programs showcasing the incredible diversity of animation made up from 4,000+ submissions. Every technique, every genre, every style – your annual window into the international indie animation universe. Unclassified 15+ (children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian). Book now
9:00-10:15pm International 2 Demonstration Theatre, University House One of two stunning programs showcasing the incredible diversity of animation made up from 4,000+ submissions. Every technique, every genre, every style – your annual window into the international indie animation universe..Unclassified 15+ (children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian). Book Now
10:30pm-Midnight Late Nate Bizarre Demonstration Theatre, University House NIAF’s annual walk on the wild side splashing the weirdest and most twisted films to emerge this year. Unclassified 18+. Book now

SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

TimeSessionLocationOverview
10:30- 11:15am Australian Showcase (rerun) Demonstration Theatre, University House Let’s kick off with a celebration of Australian Animation! A visual discovery from Australia's animation stars, rivaling the world's best. Talks from industry professionals, then stick around for the Q&A to uncover how they did it. Unclassified 15+ (children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian). Book now
11:30am -12:45pm Masters Of Mayhem: The Brothers McLeod Showcase (rerun)

Demonstration Theatre, University House

Some of the best crafted, well thought out pieces of animated insanity from the imaginations of Greg and Myles McLeod. Unclassified 15+ (children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian). Book now
1:00-2:15pm International 1 (rerun) Demonstration Theatre, University HouseOne of two stunning programs showcasing the incredible diversity of animation made up from 4,000+ submissions. Every technique, every genre, every style – your annual window into the international indie animation universe. Unclassified 15+ (children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian). Book now
2:30-3:45pm International 2 rerun) Demonstration Theatre, University HouseOne of two stunning programs showcasing the incredible diversity of animation made up from 4,000+ submissions. Every technique, every genre, every style – your annual window into the international indie animation universe..Unclassified 15+ (children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian). Book Now

New trailer coming soon!
For now check out this compilation of some of the work from 2018

Video: NIAF 2018

The University of Newcastle’s School of Creative Industries is excited to present Festival X, held on 13-17 November, across the University’s vibrant city campus and beyond. Now in its second year, Festival X is a culmination of student’s work in the areas of design and animation, communication, theatre, music and film. Held over five days and featuring more than twenty unique events, the students will be making their mark in performances, exhibitions and screenings, celebrating their achievements and showcasing years of dedication to their craft. Check out our full program of events (link) and experience the emerging creative talent that exists in the heart of the beautiful city of Newcastle.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

At the University of Newcastle we have earned a strong reputation for delivering quality programs in the areas of creative and performing arts, communication, digital media, natural history illustration, visual design and music. In 2017, we officially launched the fusion of all of the University of Newcastle's creative disciplines to form the School of Creative Industries. We collaborate with our partners across the spectrum of creative professions to drive innovations that contribute to the cultural and economic transformation of our regions. Our degrees prepare graduates to expand their creative talents and develop hands-on skills that are relevant and in demand across the creative industries.

If you are interested in studying animation at the University of Newcastle, the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design or the new Bachelor of Creative Industries could be for you.

ABOUT FESTIVAL X 2019: Make Your Mark

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