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LIAF 2016: International Competition Programme 6 – Below the Surface (15)

December 5, 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.

Animation is the most innovative of all art forms and these films demonstrate the ability to experiment with, deconstruct and ultimately reinvent film language. In these absorbing shorts you’ll encounter films about sleep disturbance, a dreamy tale about early cinema and encounter Paris as a cell seen through a virtual microscope.

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Ghost Cell (Antoine Delacharlery, France)

Ghost Cell, Antoine Delacharlery, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA truly stunning, breathtakingly intricate re-imagining of Paris as a massive, thriving organism of a billion pieces.

6’00, 2014


Me By You (David Buob, Germany)

Me By You, David Buob, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalLife’s like an animated film, a never-ending chain of changes.

8’00, 2015

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Soil is Alive (Beatrice Pucci, Italy)

Soil is Alive, Beatrice Pucci, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA dark tale without heroes, looking for something that might not be there.

8’00, 2016


Otto (Salvatore Murgia & Dario Imbrogno, Italy)

Otto, Salvatore Murgia, Dario Imbrogno, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe switch from 2D to 3D is a turn of events Otto hadn’t anticipated at the beginning of his day.

2’00, 2015


Uuuuuu (David Delafuente, USA)

Uuuuuu, David Delafuente, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalSometimes the best thoughts come to you at 3am. Against the black of night, simple white lines push those thoughts into bright relief.

4’00, 2015


Mr. Sand (Soetkin Verstegen, Denmark/Belgium)

Mr. Sand, Soetkin Verstegen, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIs Mr. Sand real or imaginary? A dreamy bedtime story about early cinema.

8’00, 2016

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Ariadne’s Thread (Claude Luyet, Switzerland)

Ariadne’s Thread, Claude Luyet, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAriadne loses the ball she was playing with, along with her childhood.

13’00, 2016


Slow Wave (Andy Kennedy, USA)

Slow Wave, Andy Kennedy, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalSleep disturbances from outside and within.

3’00, 2016

The Lighthouse (Simon Schreiber, The Netherlands)

The Lighthouse, Simon Schreiber, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA lighthouse keeper’s surprising discovery pulls him out of his monotonous, daily routine and takes him onto a journey into uncharted territory.

11’00, 2016

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He and Sea (Kris Genijn & Pieter Vanluffelen, Belgium)

He and Sea, Kris Genijn, Pieter Vanluffelen, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA man, born of the sea is in search of his origins. The closer he gets to his goal, the more he loses of himself.

8’00, 2016


Noevus (Samuel Yal, France)

Noevus, Samuel Yal, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalFragments of porcelain, enamels and rust- a metamorphing mystery.

8’00, 2016


Once Upon A Line (Alicja Jasina, Poland/USA)

Once Upon A Line, Alicja Jasina, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalStunning! A man lives a boring life until he meets somebody and his world turns upside down.

7’00, 2016