The University of Newcastle, Australia

Newcastle International Animation Festival (NIAF) 2019 Opening Night

15 Nov 2019 from 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Newcastle International Animation Festival (NIAF) 2019

This year's Opening Night of the Newcastle International Animation Festival (NIAF) will present the Australian Showcase, a collection of Aussie animation, screened alongside talks from industry special guests who will share their journeys as storytellers.

The night will wrap up with a Q&A session with these industry insiders.

The speaker line up will include:

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

A must-see for inspiring animators!

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Returning for its fifth year, the NIAF will showcase over 80 of the best recently released, historical and retrospective animation pieces from around the world!

Across the three day animation feast, be inspired by an eclectic line-up of animation from award winners, outstanding industry veterans, inspiring independents, stupendous studios, and newcomers exploring their talent on screen for the very first time.

For the full program and to book tickets see the NIAF Website.


This festival makes up part of FESTIVAL X being proudly presented by the School Of Creative Industries 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, 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.