Malcolm Turner was originally trained as a theatre director but ‘discovered’ animation after becoming increasingly frustrated with the limitations of live performance. In an arts event management career spanning more than 20 years, he has worked on arts festivals and in theatre companies in USA, Canada, UK, Croatia and New Zealand. He had a special enthusiasm for running Fringe festivals and jazz festivals including a three year stint as the Wellington Fringe Director in the 1990s.
In 2000, he shifted to Melbourne (Australia) and joined forces with two local animators (Susi Allender and Nag Valdermersky) to found the Melbourne International Animation Festival. This festival has become one of the largest events of its kind in the world showing 450 or more films in 45 screenings over a 10 day period.
Turner travels extensively in the process of curating each MIAF, spending as much as five months a year on the road visiting most of the major animation festivals as well as archives, private collections, distributors and studios. He is a big fan of Estonian animation and is intrigued by what little animation he has seen from the former Soviet state Georgia. His favourite animator is Igor Kovalyov and his favourite animated film is Mindscape by Jacques Drouin. He is currently researching a book on the various ways violence is represented in animation.