08 April 2011
Animation graduate represents Australia in French festival
RMIT University graduate Michael Greaney is set to be part of one of the world's biggest festivals of animation, after having his short film accepted in the official selection for Annecy 2011.
A still from Michael Greaney's short film, Aww Jeez.
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Mr Greaney's work will be one of 59 graduate films in competition during the festival.
More than 7,300 accredited professionals from 70 countries and 450 exhibitors will take part in the festival held from 6 to 11 June at Annecy, France.
Mr Greaney, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Animation and Interactive Media) from RMIT in 2010, will be flying the flag for Australia after having his work, Aww Jeez, accepted in competition.
Program director Mark Lycette said: "This is an excellent achievement of Michael's and continues the reputation of the Bachelor of Arts (Animation and Interactive Media) in producing world-renowned talent in the field of animation.
"We are very excited to have Michael representing RMIT. His work is outstanding and he deserves this recognition."
Mr Greaney said he was blown away by his acceptance into the festival.
"Annecy is one of the biggest animation festivals in the world," he said.
"It's a privilege to be accepted and an amazing way to kickstart my career in the industry."
About 150,000 tickets are expected to be sold throughout the Annecy festival week, providing great exposure for all the up-and-coming animators hoping to gain access to the film and media industry.
The Bachelor of Arts (Animation and Interactive Media) is a three-year program in RMIT's School of Media and Communication providing students with the broad base necessary to develop a career within the art, design and media industries.
Specialist training is provided in digital art and design, animation (2D and 3D), digital video, motion graphics, special effects, interactive media design and authoring, media theory, sound design and professional practice.
The film has been accepted in competition in the 2011 Annecy festival.
Mr Greaney completed the film in the last year of his studies at RMIT.