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LIAF 2015: International Competition Programme 4 – New Japanese Shorts – Beyond Anime (15)

December 4, 2016
9:00 pm

The backbone of the whole LIAF mission. We’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,400 entries to put together a series of programmes that showcase the best 128 new films. Six ‘general’ International Competition Programmes, our ever popular Abstract Showcase and 
Long Shorts programmes, plus the British Showcase and Animated Documentaries. The films come in from every corner, they use every technique, they can be funny, dramatic, eye-popping, subdued, documentary or autobiographical. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop.

Independent Japanese animation has had a massive upturn in recent years and the world is beginning to sit up and take notice. This programme celebrates the best of these films, opening the window on the wildly imaginative world of new young Japanese animation.

At Barbican book tickets

Don’t Tell Mom (Kawako Sabuki, Japan)

Don’t Tell Mom, Kawako Sabuki, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe secret joys of bike-riding and much more – but don’t tell Mom, whatever you do!

3’00, 2015

Age of Obscure (Mirai Mizue, Japan)

Age of Obscure, Mirai Mizue, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA glorious collision of freaky visual music and mesmerising impressionistic illustrations, featuring music by Twoth.

4’00, 2015

At the Mouth of Summer (Xinxin Liu, Japan)

At the Mouth of Summer, Xinxin Liu, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAt a packed Chinese beach, people are enjoying the summer holidays, until a thunderstorm ensues.

6’00, 2016

Track (Tochka, Japan)

Track, Tochka, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalTochka’s signature style of flashlight animation and mind-blowing temporary graffiti.

4’00, 2016

Feed (Eri Okazaki, Japan)

Feed, Eri Okazaki, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalTwo large, gentle beings plant trees; a goat is fed; meatballs are cooked – slow, mysterious, beautiful.

7’00, 2016

Hairy Heaven (Minori Yamada, Japan)

Hairy Heaven, Minori Yamada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalI love you. I hate you. I love you. I hate you. Aaaaaah!

6’00, 2015

Goodbye Tears (Shoko Matsumura, Japan)

Goodbye Tears, Shoko Matsumura, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIf managing life is about managing chaos then tears are the prisms that afford the widest views of the terrain.

5’00, 2015

Solitarium (Sumito Sakakibara, Japan)

Solitarium, Sumito Sakakibara, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalNaked people run around in a forest, brides and grooms twirl and dance, a severed brain gets whipped, the hypnotising rhythms of another world.

6’30, 2016

I Can’t Breathe (Sayaka Kihata, Japan)

I Can’t Breathe, Sayaka Kihata, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWhat happens when you drown your friend by mistake?

6’00, 2015


Retro Future (Mirai Mizue, Japan)

Retro Future, Mirai Mizue, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA futuristic but strangely retro look at childhood featuring a sound design by the legendary Matsuo Ohno, sound artist from ‘Astro Boy’.

7’00, 2015


Radio Wave (Miyajima Ryotaro, Japan)

Radio Wave, Miyajima Ryotaro, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalDuring the Cold War a boy tunes the radio and discovers a world of hidden codes.

3’00, 2016


Sugar Lump (Ryo Okawara, Japan)

Sugar Lump, Ryo Okawara, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAn adolescent boy lives in a burning house with his parents. A darkly comic tale of black coffee and sugar lumps.

14’00, 2016