Animation extravaganza hits Lismore

Some of the worlds best animations never make it to television, so Southern Cross University is bringing them to Lismore for a two-day festival next week.

The Australian International Animation Festival has just run in Sydney and Adelaide and features groundbreaking films from 13 countries, including the 1990s cult series Aeon Flux.

Organiser and SCU multimedia lecturer Sean OShannessy said animated shorts for adults rarely get run on television because they dont fit commercial schedules or formats.

The artistry of these films is breathtaking he said. They have been developed for the big screen, so theres amazing detail in the imagery and sound. The stories go from the silly and whimsical to the surreal, and explore some strange crannies of the human mind.

Sean said he wanted to bring the festival here so his students could access new animation techniques, but he knew the program would attract film buffs of all persuasions.

The festival opens next Thursday, October 19, with a collection of Australian animation.

Im hoping people will go to the Lismore Show in the morning and then settle in for some fun in the evening, he said.

Celebrated animator Tim Adlide, who will MC the festival, says the region is lucky to have access to films of this quality and diversity.

These works are like balloons flying off at the fair, or comets in the night sky you have to grab them quickly before they shoot past.

Festival passes for all Thursday and Friday sessions cost $30 or $25 concession. They are on sale at the Co-op Bookshop or book on 6621 4484. You can also buy tickets at the door for $10 a session. For a full program and information visit www.aiaf.com.au.


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