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RENDER CONFERENCE (Melbourne International Animation Festival)


The Melbourne International Animation Festival is fast approaching, and this year we’re excited to introduce a brand new offering for animation professionals, students and enthusiasts. RENDER is our very first annual conference!
Over two big days, expect authoritative discussions on topics as diverse as the development of CG & 3D animation, international perspectives on teaching animation at a tertiary level, advice on the prerequisites to establishing an independent studio in one of the most competitive marketplaces in the world, overviews of what it takes to push an indie animation project beyond it’s indie-confined envelope... and much more.
RENDER will also include evening screenings that relate directly to, and cast a clarifying light on, some of the topics presented during the day sessions.
Spaces are strictly limited.
We're still adding more speakers, so in jump on board the Facebook or Twitter train to keep up to date. We'd appreciate it if you could pass this on to your friends & networks in animation land.
RENDER takes place during the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF), running from June 20-30 at the Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Melbourne.
RENDER DAY ONE: Friday June 21 @ The Cube, ACMI, Ground Floor
Talks 10am – 5pm | Screenings 6pm & 7:30pm

RENDER DAY TWO: Saturday June 22 @ Studio 1, ACMI, First Floor
Talks 10am – 5pm | Screenings 5pm & 8:30pm

  • EARLY BIRD - 2 DAY PASS (ends 14 June 2013) - $130.00 Full / Concession
  • 2 DAY PASS (On sale 15 June) $175.00 Full $150.00 Concession
  • 1 DAY PASS (On sale 23 May) $95.00 Full  $80.00 Concession


• Oslo Davis (AUSTRALIA)
Acclaimed newspaper cartoonist, published artist and animator of “Melbhattan”, perhaps Australia’s ‘most seen” short animated film

• LoopdeLoop (AUSTRALIA)
Nathaniel Scott joins us to discuss the Melbourne animation phenomenon that is Loopdeloop – the addictive and social monthly animation challenge that’s gaining a cult following both here and overseas.

• Terrence Masson (USA)
An extensive, detailed outline of the trajectory of computer generated animation from its earliest, unpromising flashing dots to the powerhouse platform that it is today - delivered by Terrence Masson, a noted CG animation historian and archivist, past SIGGRAPH CAF Chair and Executive Professor of Creative Industries at Northeastern University in Boston.

• Tom Mortimer, 12Foot6 (UK)
Tom Mortimer is the co-owner and founder of “12Foot6 Studio” which produces a substantial mix of TV, commercial and self initiated works in the ultra competitive London market. He will also present a selection of works that showcase the rise and rise of “12Foot6”.

• John Piper (NEW ZEALAND)
Head of Digital Design Department at Auckland University of Technology
John has a particular passion for exploring ways in which motion capture can be utilised to create abstract imagery and imagery that interacts with live performance.

• Oh Yeah Wow (AUSTRALIA)
A dynamic crew who have exploded onto the local and international music video scene

• Koji Yamamura (JAPAN)
Master Japanese animator Koji Yamamura outlines his experience as Head Lecturer of Animation at Tokyo University of the Arts and discusses his own approach to teaching and his experiences in creating one of the most highly regarded animation graduate groups in the world.

• Jeff Chiba Stearns (Canada)
Founder: Meditating Bunny Studio
Jeff founded this Vancouver based Webby award-winning and Emmy® nominated studio in 2000. Operating under the decidedly DIY slogan "Keeping It Old School", he has built up a client roster which includes 3M International, Post-it Notes, Sharpie and a range of major Canadian corporates. Their short films have screened at over 150 festivals around the world, they have just completed their first feature length documentary and working towards a 2014 completion of another.

• Andrew Hagan (AUSTRALIA)
Lecturer BA (Animation and Visual Effects), Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University + Co-Director Australian International Animation Festival
Andrew possesses an apparently bottomless passion for teaching the next generation of Australian animators the skills they need while ensuring they understand animation is also an artform. He has some interesting things on his mind about the state of animating today in Australia.
NOTE: We will be adding more speakers to the line-up over the coming weeks.

• Tokyo University of the Arts 2013 Graduate Highlights (15+) 
A collection of the best films from Koji Yamamura’s 2013 Graduate class; the perfect way to follow on from the Day 1 Keynote Lecture with an introduction by Koji.
• FEATURE : “The Pain And The Pity”, Phil Mulloy (18+)
Hot off the presses, the latest feature film from the iconic ‘enfant terrible’ of British auteur animation.
• NFB 3D Stereoscopic Collection (15+)
A collection of 3D stereoscopic National Film Board of Canada films, some created in their own patented 3D production system, “SANDE”
• MIAF Competition Screening: 3D Stereoscopic Shorts(18+)
An eclectic collection of recently released 3D shorts shown as part of MIAF’s international competition programs.

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Fiona Dalwood
MIAF Admin & Marketing Assistant
0404 655 423 | +61 3 8663 2598

Melbourne International Animation Festival 20-30 June 2013 |
RENDER Animation Festival 21-22 June 2013 |
CG Symposium 24-28 June 2013, presented in conjunction with Deakin University |

ACMI Cinemas | Australian Centre for the Moving Image | Federation Square, Melbourne | |
MIAF is proudly supported by: Screen Australia, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Deakin University