Friday 16 May


High School / Teen Program
Open Doors
Official Opening Speech
& Surprise Screening
International Program #1
International Puppet
Animation Panorama

Launch Party
Saturday 17 May


Kids Program
Animation 101 Seminar:
International Animation

Animation 102 Seminar:
The Australian Scene &
Australian Panorama Intro

Australian Panorama
International Program #2
Late Night Bizarre
Sunday 18 May


Animation 103 Seminar:
Voice Wrangling

Animation 104 Seminar:
D.I.Y. Art + D.I.Y. Funding 2.0

International Program #3
Digital Panorama
After Party

Admission is restricted to 18+
(except for Kids & Teen programs)

IMPORTANT: Film classification regulations in Australia require
all films to either be formally classified OR restricted to an audience of 18 years of age and over. Most festivals do not have the resources to do this and it is for this reason alone that we are not able to admit any person under the age of 18 years to the main AIAF screenings.

It takes skill and a very specific ‘determination to animate’ to even begin making a puppet film. The first signs of a re-emergence of classic style Russian puppet animation, the staging of a wildly successful international puppet animation conference in Estonia and the release of record numbers of wonderful indie puppet films inspired us to focus on this most hands-on of techniques.

Small Birds Singing
Linda McCarthy
UK, 2007, 7'00
A bizarre, uber imaginative little garden filled with arguing apples, tiny elephants bred to vacuum under furniture and a masked, crime fighting butler called to action by a buzzer in his tie.

The Pit And The Pendulum
Marc Lougee
Canada, 2006, 7'00
Produced with the help of puppet animation legend, Ray Harryhausen, this film depicts Poe’s classic tale of one man’s attempt to survive the torments of the Inquisition.
Park Bench People
Denisa Grimmova
Czech Republic, 2007, 9'00
If only the park bench could talk it’d have some stories to tell. A film reflecting on the comings and goings of people who meet in the park.
Sequence 01 - Plan 02
Remi Durin
Belgium, 2007, 7'00
The underground metro becomes an unlikely point for the time to suddenly come to a screeching halt.
Pecatum Parvum
Asya Lukin

UK, 2007, 8'00
An immensely absorbing, richly textured film set in St Petersburg and inspired by Russian poet Daniil Kharms.
Ooioo: "Umo"
Shoji Goto
Japan, 2006, 3'30
A damn funky little music video jam packed with raw energy.

Bjorn Verloh, Henning Thomas
Germany, 2007, 5'45
In a world made of paper a man struggles to keep his face.
Marie Schultz
Denmark, 2007, 8'00
A clown-like figure with something beating ominously in its chest is transfixed trying to perform a task he seems to have no hope of achieving.
Nick Hilligoss
Australia, 2006, 3'45
On a desert planet, a medieval jester unfolds his portable stage and compels his puppets to perform an old story of transformation.
What's Next
Claudia Rothlin, Adrian Fluckiger
Switzerland, 2006, 3'45
A kidnapping of almost comical incompetence.
Africa Parting
Robyn Yannoukos
South Africa, 2006, 8'15
A gorgeously animated, contemplative film capturing the very soul of a proud Africa.
Live Life
Jonathan Pasternak
Isreal, 2007, 5'30
Great advice from Mr William Shatner – “live life like you gonna die, coz you’re gonna”. Featuring an all star (although less than alive) cast including Johnny Cash, Albert Einstein, that guy from the Stones and Joey Ramone all sitting in on a special church service in The Ossiary, a church made famous by Svankmaijer because of the 40,000 human bones that decorate it.
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