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The festival

Showcasing highlights of student animation works, award-winning films, industry talks by world-leading animators and practical workshops for aspiring animators... all for free!

The UTS: Sydney International Animation Festival is a collaborative production between UTS, Design Architecture & Building, Arts and Social Sciences and Engineering and IT faculties at UTS.

The festival aims to provide a platform for enthusiasts, students, academics and industry to engage in dialogue about animation and its practice in an open and participatory atmosphere.

Day 1

Wednesday, 25th September

Sand Animation Workshop with Marieka Walsh

11:00am-1:00pm & 2:00-4:00pm
Building 3, Level 1, Room 4
Learn about sand animation and experience working with the medium in this hands on workshop. Your instructor is Marieka Walsh who won best animation at the 2013 AACTA/ AFI awards and whose most recent short sand animation can be seen in the upcoming Tim Winton feature 'The Turning'. Marieka will screen sand animations, demonstrate her own techniques/ tools, and you will be able to create your own animation to take home. You will use sand, light boxes, DSLR cameras and Dragon software to produce your work. 6 per workshop.

+ Marieka Walsh bio
Marieka WalshMarieka Walsh is a filmmaker, animator and artist working in Sydney, Australia.

With a background in visual art, Marieka’s film work demonstrates a unique visual style and meticulous attention to detail that complements her emotionally arresting storytelling.

Her video and animation works have featured at numerous International festivals and museums including SXSW festival, Stockholm Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival as well as Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne Film Festivals and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

In 2013, her unique sand animation 'The Hunter' won several International awards as well as the AFI/ AACTA award for 'Best Short Animation' .

Marieka recently directed and animated a short for Robert Connolly's feature film 'The Turning' and is currently in production with her next sand animation 'The Crossing', funded through Screen Australia as well as an illustrated piece for GRAPHIC festival's 'Radio with Pictures' at the Sydney Opera House.


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The Legacy of Liquid Television with John Andrews

5:30pm for 6pm start
University Hall, Building 4, Level 2
Liquid Television was for many years the finest showcase for original and imaginative experimental animation on television. Producer John Andrews was one of its key players. Liquid Television’s legacy includes Æon Flux, Beavis & Butthead, The Maxx, The Head and Daria, most of which John, in his role as vice president of animation at MTV, helped to develop. Liquid Television’s influence and legacy can be seen across a range of contemporary programming, from South Park to King of the Hill, from Family Guy to Crank Yankers.

Join us at 5.30pm and enjoy some nibble and drinks (cash bar) and a short animation by UTS students to officially open the festival.

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After a screening of highlights from Liquid Television, join John Andrews in conversation with Dr Gregory Ferris, Postgraduate Coordinator in Media Arts at the University of Technology, Sydney, as they discuss Liquid Television’s legacy through to its revival as an online portal. To be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

+ John Andrews bio
john-andrewsJohn Andrews served as MTV's VP of Animation in the mid 1990's. He was hired to produce the series Beavis & Butt-Head in 1992 and went on to oversee development, production and current for Daria, Aeon Flux and MTV's Oddities: The Maxx & The Head as Supervising Producer. He also co-produced the feature Beavis & Butt-Head Do America and ran MTV's in-house animation studio. He left MTV in the middle of 1997 to become Executive Producer of Commercials and Special Projects for Klasky Csupo where he remained for 12 years. Most recently John produced the shorts series Doggity's for the pre-school network Sprout as part of their Noodle & Doodle series.


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Day 2

Thursday, 26th September

Indie Game: The Movie

4:00pm - 5:30pm
University Hall, Building 4, Level 2
A documentary that looks at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their creative visions with the world. Following the making of the games SUPER MEAT BOY, FEZ and BRAID, this Sundance award-winning film captures the tension and drama by focusing on these developers' vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form. Directed by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky.

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Indie Game: An Australian Perspective

6:00pm - 8:00pm
University Hall, Building 4, Level 2
In an industry climate where AAA game companies are dropping like flies, indie dev teams are emerging at an explosive rate. Nevertheless, starting an indie game company is no feat for the weak-hearted. In this panel, we tap on the experiences of several striving indie game veterans in a bold discussion about the pain, the sweat, and of course the satisfaction that goes behind the pursuit of their lifetime passion in Australia.

+ Chair Dr Chek Tan, Games Studio, UTS
chek-tanChek Tan is currently the co-director of the Games Studio at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he also holds a Lecturer position in the School of Software, Faculty of Engineering & IT. Chek is a games researcher who focuses on serious games and the evaluation of player experiences. His most recent work is BeFaced, an iPad tile-matching game to crowd-source facial expressions for improving affective computing algorithms which will be presented at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2013.

+ Tim Dawson, Witch Beam
tim-dawsonTim Dawson is a 3D animator with over nine years of experience in the Australian games industry working at companies such as Ratbag, Team Bondi, Pandemic and Sega Studios Australia. Starting as a cinematics artist, Tim gradually transitioned through gameplay animation into design and prototyping, and in Feburary 2013, left his job to co-found Witch Beam Games. Tim is currently artist/programmer on Assault Android Cactus, an arcade styled shoot'em'up that recently became available for Early Access on Steam.

+ Vaughan Knight, Bit Rave
vaughan-knightVaughan Knight is the Co-founder/Developer at Bit Rave, whose most recent title is Jelly Run. Bit Rave is a game development company based in Sydney, Australia. We are currently working on multiple titles, with Dodo GoGo and Jelly Run, both released for Windows 8, and some ports and new titles launching in the very near future.

+ Josh Birse & Joshua Jenkins, Current Circus
josh-birseJosh Birse began his career as a Commercial Producer/Director, after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at the University of Canberra. With 4 years experience in the Film and Television industry, Josh has worked as a Producer on productions big and small. He returned to University and completed a Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment, in the pursuit of working in the games industry. As a dedicated professional who seeks to constantly develop his skills, his strong interpersonal skills and leadership qualities has lead to a successful 2 years at Current Circus!

joshua-jenkinsJoshua Jenkins is a keen gamer and console collector since age 6 who studied obtained a B. CompSci degree from Adelaide University as well as an Adv. Diploma in Game Development from AIE Melbourne. He started at Tantalus on handheld racing and platformers and moved into lead design/code on Pony Trails. Pony Trails has so far garnered 1 million downloads with a 4 star average on App Store. He oversaw the $200k project from start-finish, guiding a team of 2 coders, 4 artists and 1 QA at peak, and working effectively solo toward the conclusion.

+ Paul Sztajer & Saul Whitton, See Through Studios
paul-sztajerPaul Sztajer is one of the founders of SeeThrough Studios, Paul brings his background in software engineering and human computer interaction and passion for story to the team. Paul contributes to the design and programming of our games while additionally working to grow the company. He has created several games independently of SeeThrough including Tiny World: The Musical: The Game and the original Flatland: “Escape from Flatland”. In addition to his work around software, Paul has extensive experience in the realm of sketch comedy, where he has acted, written, directed, and produced shows in excess of a hundred participants. Paul is also an admin in the Sydney IGDA community and was co-host of the Game Engine Podcast.

saul-whittonSaul is one of the founders of SeeThrough Studios. He worked as lead writer on Flatland: Fallen Angle which won the award for Best Writing at Freeplay 2012. Previously he wrote for “Hear Right Now” (a videogame designed to test children’s hearing) and Vet Lucie Disastrous, an adventure game. He also solo-developed Purgatorio for Lundum Dare 23 and was Writer/Audio Director on Game Jam 2013 game Managotchi. Saul has also been published on Gamasutra and in PC Powerplay and was co-host of the Game Engine Podcast.


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Day 3

Friday, 27th September

Worldbuilding: The Shadowlands of Anthony Lucas

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Building 6, level 3, Room 22
Beginning with his ground breaking idents for SBS and his Cannes nominated short Holding Your Breath, through to Oscar nominated steampunk adventure, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, Anthony has designed a alternate animated world of silhouette and mystery which he calls the Shadowlands, and affectionately describes as “a silhouette world of gothic horror, of spindly figures dwarfed by bleak landscapes and Jules Verne machines”. In this session Lucas discusses how worldbuilding and visual story telling are key narrative elements in his work, along the way he will reveal his silhouette secrets and divulge how the story ideas intersect with his very particular form of silhouette design and animation.

+ Anthony Lucas bio
john-andrewsAnthony Lucas’s animated films have been in competition at Cannes, BAFTA®, Oscars®, Annecy and with his production company, Spindly Figures. His silhouette animated short film, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello was nominated for an Oscar® at the 2005 Academy Awards and also nominated for a BAFTA that same year. Jasper Morello received numerous awards locally and internationally, including the prestigious Annecy Film Festival where it won the Grand Prix, the first time for an Australian film.

More recently, Anthony was invited, along with the cream of Australian directing and acting talent, to direct an episode of the 'compendium' feature film based on Tim Winton's Novel, The Turning. Currently Anthony is writing the second draft of a feature script based on his ABC3 short series, My Strange Pet and developing a live stage show with puppetry based on an original story, Moon Safari By Steam Bicycle.


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Independents Day

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Building 6, level 3, Room 22
Three key players from the Australian independent animation scene rock up to show you their amazing work, and then sit down together and argue about it.

+ Kapow Pictures
Sydney animation studio Kapow Pictures was established in 1997. As an award winning production company we have produced work in a wide range of formats. We specialise in creating original and innovative digital content using 3D and 2D animation. Working closely with clients we deliver exceptional character driven storytelling and design in film, tv series, short flms, tvc's, music video's, idents, web infomercials, ebooks, iphone and ipad games and apps.

+ Sticky Pictures
Sticky Pictures is an independent, creative-driven Australian production company dedicated to innovative, high quality animation and live action properties for the world market.
Sticky Pictures has achieved local and international success with hit television series including Me & My Monsters (commissioned by BBC and Ten Network), Bindi’s Bootcamp (ABC), Pearlie (YTV and Ten Network), Dennis the Menace and Gnasher (BBC and Nine Network) and The Dukes of Bröxstônia (ABC and Cartoon Network).
Sticky has enjoyed creative collaborations with major production companies including Tiger Aspect Productions, The Jim Henson Company, FremantleMedia, Nelvana, Redkite Animation and Atomic Cartoons. Sticky Pictures television productions have sold to more than 100 countries.
Sticky Pictures is a multi award winning studio and was named Children’s TV Producer of the Year by the Screen Producers Association of Australia (2011). Our shows have featured in the Annecy international animation festival and in film festivals across the world.

+ Anthony Lucas bio
Anthony Lucas’s animated films have been in competition at Cannes, BAFTA®, Oscars®, Annecy and with his production company, Spindly Figures. His silhouette animated short film, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello was nominated for an Oscar® at the 2005 Academy Awards and also nominated for a BAFTA that same year. Jasper Morello received numerous awards locally and internationally, including the prestigious Annecy Film Festival where it won the Grand Prix, the first time for an Australian film.

More recently, Anthony was invited, along with the cream of Australian directing and acting talent, to direct an episode of the 'compendium' feature film based on Tim Winton's Novel, The Turning. Currently Anthony is writing the second draft of a feature script based on his ABC3 short series, My Strange Pet and developing a live stage show with puppetry based on an original story, Moon Safari By Steam Bicycle.


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The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello

3:30pm - 4:00pm
Building 6, level 3, Room 22
A journey into the dark heart of man. 
Set in a world of iron airships, this silhouette animation tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his plague-ridden home hoping to redeem himself. His expedition leads him to an island which is home to a monster that may hold the cure for the Plague. The journey back is filled with dangers but, Jasper soon discovers that the greatest horror of all lies within man himself.

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Best of International Animation

6:30pm
Building 6, level 3, Room 22
A tastefully curated selection of the best that international animation has to offer.

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Day 4

Saturday, 28th September

Writing for Children's Animated Series

10:00am - 12:00pm
Building 6, level 3, Room 22
Writing for children’s animated series might look like child’s play but in reality it demands an extraordinary variety of skills. In this session, award winning writers Kym Goldsworthy and Gina Roncoli share their expertise and experience in script writing, supervising and editing for children’s television. Kym and Gina will give a nuts and bolts overview of writing for children’s animated series, including the basic principles of writing for children and for animation, how to devise engaging characters, the importance of comedy and how to write for particular ages. The session will also touch on some of the regulatory forces that influence the programs that are produced.

+ Gina Roncoli
Gina Roncoli is an award winning writer and script editor for film and television. She has written, script edited and developed over 50 hours of film and television, specializing in animation, comedy and children's series. Credits include Erky Perky, Gasp, Raggs, Mal.Com, The Woodlies, Fairy Tale Dropout Deadly, Wicked, Master Raindrop, Flipper and Lopaka Series 3, Li’l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers, Zigby, and the acclaimed ABC series, My Place. In 2003 she won the AWGIE Award for Best Children’s Script (P) and was nominated again in 2007 and 2009. She regularly conducts courses in screenwriting, and is an industry consultant for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). She is currently script producing a new animation series for Essential Media, and has been funded by Screen NSW to write a family feature film, Dragon Eye.

+ Kym Goldsworthy
Kym Goldsworthy is a 4 time AWGIE (Australian Writers Guild Award) winner with a wide range of script producing, script editing and writing credits. Since 2000, he has worked extensively in the areas of animation and live action programs for children and more recently as a script producer and editor of prime time adult drama series. His animation credits include the animated feature film, SANTA’S APPRENTICE and animated series THE WOODLIES, THE LEGEND OF ENYO, BANANAS IN PYJAMAS, SUMO MOUSE, TRACEY MCBEAN, ERKY PERKY, MASTER RAINDROP, KANGAROO CREEK GANG, FLIPPER AND LOPAKA, FAIRY TALE POLICE DEPARTMENT and WICKED. Kym has been involved in the development of animation and live action projects for companies including Southern Star, Flying Bark, Sticky Pictures and Ambience Entertainment.


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Case Study: The Woodlies

12:45pm - 2:15pm
Building 6, level 3, Room 22
In this case study, screenwriter, Gina Roncoli discusses the challenges writers face in creating an engaging long form series from a stand alone childrens’ story. The Woodlies, based on the novel entitled No Cookies for Trolls, by the popular German author, Cornelia Funke, centres on a group of mischievous, food loving, forest creatures who are forced to flee their home to make room for a high-speed motorway. The series, produced by Sydney based Flying Bark Productions, is targeted at 6 – 11 year old boys and girls. Gina will discuss considerations when adapting an idea from an existing property, how to develop an engaging world and characters that lend themselves to ongoing storylines, the importance of a solid series bible for the writing team and writing for the international marketplace. .

+ Gina Roncoli
Gina Roncoli is an award winning writer and script editor for film and television. She has written, script edited and developed over 50 hours of film and television, specializing in animation, comedy and children's series. Credits include Erky Perky, Gasp, Raggs, Mal.Com, The Woodlies, Fairy Tale Dropout Deadly, Wicked, Master Raindrop, Flipper and Lopaka Series 3, Li’l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers, Zigby, and the acclaimed ABC series, My Place. In 2003 she won the AWGIE Award for Best Children’s Script (P) and was nominated again in 2007 and 2009. She regularly conducts courses in screenwriting, and is an industry consultant for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). She is currently script producing a new animation series for Essential Media, and has been funded by Screen NSW to write a family feature film, Dragon Eye.


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Developing Animated series that aren’t for kids

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Building 6, level 3, Room 22
John Andrews cut his teeth at MTV in the heady days when animated television series decided to jump out of the kiddies playpen and into edgy adult territory that pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in animation at the time. John, whose name is synonymous with shows such as Beavis and Butthead, Daria, Aeon Flux has spent his successful career supporting independent artists. His company 6 point Media is a leader in spotting independent talent and mentoring their work to the screen. In this session, John gives his insight into developing animated series aimed at an adolescent or adult audience and how to develop and balance commercial relevance and reality with creative, edgy and idiosyncratic animation styles to produce successful animated series.

+ John Andrews
John Andrews is executive producer/creative director of 6 Point Media. As a Senior VP at his former company Klasky Csupo, John headed up its "ka-chew!" division and produced web content, pilots and hundreds of commercials.

Prior to joining Klasky Csupo, John was Vice President of Animation at MTV Networks where his producing credits included the Beavis & Butt-Head series and feature as well as Daria, Aeon Flux and MTV's Oddities. During his 5 year tenure he oversaw MTV's in-house animation studio, headed up series development and supervised current programming. He also helped shape the on-air looks of MTV and MTV2 through his involvement in the commissioning of network ID's. Andrews is a 3-time Emmy winner in Graphic Design.


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Panel: So you have an idea for an animated series?

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Building 6, level 3, Room 22
A panel of seasoned animation professionals will offer up their advice on how to take that great idea you have for an animated series and get serious about bringing it to the screen.

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Study Animation

UTS offers a variety of courses

Ever dreamt of working on blockbuster films?


At the University of Technology, Sydney we offer a number of innovative and creative courses that will send you on your way to achieving your career goals. With a focus on digital design, animation, programming and production, at The University of Technology, Sydney you are bound to find a course that suits you.

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The festival will be held at UTS's city campus, near Harris St and Broadway, Ultimo

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