The Melbourne International Animation Festival returns next week with a huge program

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The Melbourne International Animation Festival returns next week with a huge program

Melbourne International Animation Festival

See some of the world's most captivating works of animation on the big screen.

As the weather gets chilly, there’s nothing better than getting settled into a comfy cinema chair armed with a few friends, a big bag of popcorn and a warm jacket (to be used as a blanket in case of emergencies).

If this idea has tickled your fancy, then don’t miss out on the Melbourne International Animation Festival, happening this month from May 7 to 14. After a year hiatus, the beloved event is back to celebrate the art of animation by showcasing new works from Australia and around the world.

Melbourne International Animation Festival 2023

  • The annual celebration of animation will run from May 7 to 14
  • Backlot Studios and the Treasury Theatre will be taken over with animation screenings, showcases, and talks
  • At the end of the festival, a winner will be chosen for the international film competition

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Hosted in the Backlot Studios and the Treasury Theatre, the event will feature filmmaking masterclasses, director meet-and-greets, Q&As and a whole ton of film screenings.

The centerpiece of the festival is an international film competition. Throughout the year, the judges have sorted through over 2000 entries to find the most exciting emerging films. The finalists will be showcased every night until a winner is crowned at the Best of the Fest closing event.

Opening the festival on May 7 is the Australian Student Showcase. Stop by to see the debuts of the country’s next generation of filmmakers.

The program is jam-packed with intriguing events, including a Hungarian film exploration presented by the MOME Animation School in Budapest, showcases dedicated to abstract films and long shorts, and a Late Night Bizarre showing boundary-pushing 18+ film “from the wrong side of the tracks”.

Bringing together visual art, technology and endless creativity, animation is a medium that knows no bounds. Check it out for yourself at this year’s event.

To grab your tickets to the Melbourne International Animation Festival, on from May 7 to 14, head here