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  • Australia’s first Animated Feature Film

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    Posted on: 18/06/2015

    2015 is a very special year for the moving image. YouTube turned 10, Back to the Future turns 30 and it’s been 15 years since the Y2K bug almost decimated us. It’s also the centenary of Animation in Australia - a hundred years has a bit more punch to it, right? So, let’s celebrate – and what better way than with the largest animation event in the Southern Hemisphere, the Melbourne International Animation Festival. 

    This Sunday we start 8 days of animated films (over 450 of them – most of which are Australian premieres), talks and a 2-day conference with some of the brightest minds in the biz. 

    To coincide with all of this, the National Film & Sound Archive has fully restored and digitised Australia's very first animated feature, Marco Polo Jr Vs The Red Dragon by iconic Australian animator Eric Porter. Telling the tale of Young Marco and his seagull companion as they journey to Xanadu, Marco Polo Jr had his big screen premiere back in 1972 and was moderately successful in Australia and Europe but didn’t reach great commercial heights due to poor distribution.

    This very special restored version will get its world premiere screening at ACMI on Saturday June 27th at 4:00PM. We’ll be joined by some very special guests who worked on the original film and on the restoration project and the entire event promises to be a very special occasion.

    - Melbourne International Animation Festival

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