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LIAF 2016: International Competition Programme 8 – Animated Documentaries + Q&A (15)

December 10, 2016
1:30 pm

Persuasive, illustrative and able to get over abstract details in attractive and compelling ways, animation is the perfect tool to document someone’s vision of the truth.

These films – a selection of stylish and compelling short documentaries feature subjects as diverse as the inner workings of an East German womens’ slave labour camp, a study of computer game addiction, the history of skateboarding and the lack of female pleasure in modern day society.


Christos Hatjoullis (Sophies Story)
Jennifer Zheng (Tough)
Kate Jessop (Little Elephant)
Adara Todd (Twiddly Things)
Anna Ginsburg (Private Parts)

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A Brief History of Skateboarding (Antonio Vicentini, Brazil)

A Brief History of Skateboarding, Antonio Vicentini, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalSurfing on the street? Might be just a crazy enough idea to catch on. The sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll version of the history.

5’00, 2015

I Was A Winner (Jonas Odell, Sweden)

I Was A Winner, Jonas Odell, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThree very different stories on the subject of computer game addiction.

14’00, 2016

Micki (Izabela Plucinska & Alexander Lahl, Germany)

Micki, Izabela Plucinska, Alexander Lahl, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe story of Marienetta Jirkowsky, who was shot at the age of 18 in an attempt to escape over the Berlin Wall.

6’00, 2014

Of Slaves and Robots (Milos Tomic, Serbia)

Of Slaves and Robots, Milos Tomic, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalCombining drawings, embroidery, found objects and paper collage to a speech from the Institute of Mathematics in Belgrade, about how not to be a slave or a robot.

2’00, 2016

Sophie’s Story (Christos Hatjoullis, UK)

Sophie’s Story, Christos Hatjoullis, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAn incredible and harrowing life journey from domestic abuse and troubled adolescence to adulthood. An exploration of addiction from a users perspective.

7’00, 2016

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Tough (Jennifer Zheng, UK)

Tough, Jennifer Zheng, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalSome things can only be understood with maturity. New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British born daughter speak as adults for the first time.

5’00, UK

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The Empty Space (Ülo Pikkov, Estonia)

The Empty Space, Ülo Pikkov, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA past memory, an apartment that once existed, and a small girl playing there. A reconstruction of a vision of the anxieties in the 1950s Soviet Union.

10,00, 2016

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Charles Bukowski – Uncensored and Animated (Drew Christie, USA)

Charles Bukowski - Uncensored and Animated, Drew Christie, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalOther than – perhaps – Goethe no other poet has provoked as much animation as Bukowski and this no-holds-barred piece shows why.

3’00, 2014

Eye for an Eye (Steve Bache, Mahyar Goudarzi & Louise Peter, Germany)

Eye for an Eye, Steve Bache, Mahyar Goudarzi, Louise Peter, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIn his own words, a double murderer speaks of his crimes and his belief that execution is all that he deserves for what he has done.

4’00, 2016

Loop (Samantha Moore, UK)

Loop, Samantha Moore, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe complex and secret world of septin cytoskeleton dynamics. What can be seen and what cannot?

6’00, UK

Little Elephant (Kate Jessop, UK)

Little Elephant, Kate Jessop, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWhat does love mean to a British South Asian family in the West Midlands in contemporary Britain?

5’00, 2016

Twiddly Things (Adara Todd, UK)

Twiddly Things, Adara Todd, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalPolly is suffering from Alzheimer’s. She explains how dementia has affected her and how she feels about the disease.

4’00, 2016

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Broken – The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck (Volker Schlecht & Alexander Lahl, Germany)

Broken - The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck, Volker Schlecht, Alexander Lahl, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalExtraordinary and poignant depiction of the lives of women in an East German jail forced to make consumer goods for sale in the West.

7’00, 2016

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Private Parts (Anna Ginsburg, UK)

Private Parts, Anna Ginsburg, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalShedding some light on the lack of female pleasure in modern day society.

4’00, 2016