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LIAF 2017: International Competition Programme 6 – Below the Surface (15)

December 4, 2017
9:00 pm

The backbone of the whole LIAF mission. We’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,600 entries to put together a series of screenings that showcase the best 126 new films across 10 competitive programmes.

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 the world’s greatest inventor Nikola Tesla pondering a revolutionary new concept of electricity, an animated portrait of New York City life in flux plus an ancient Russian legend where the souls of the drowned transform into seals.

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Animated Daily (Donato Sansome, France)

Animated Daily, Donato Sansome, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalInspired by international events taken from the pages of the French daily newspaper Libération, this wildly creative animation leads us down an unexpected and troubling path.

4min, 2016

The Tesla World Light (Matthew Rankin, Canada)

The Tesla World Light, Matthew Rankin, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalNew York, 1905. A portrait of visionary inventor Nikola Tesla. A spectacular burst of image and sound drawing from avant-garde cinema and animated documentary.

8min, 2017

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Ossa (Dario Imbrogno, Italy)

Ossa, Dario Imbrogno, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAll the world’s a stage. The dance of a puppet and the mechanism that pulls the strings.

4min, 2016

Dead Reckoning (Susan Young & Paul Wenninger, Austria)

Dead Reckoning, Susan Young, Paul Wenninger, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA wild ride around Vienna’s Ringstrasse Boulevard – falling, eating and ending up on the toilet. The cycle of life and the rhythm of the city.

3min, 2017

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Nothing Happens (Uri & Michelle Kranot, France/Denmark)

Nothing Happens, Uri & Michelle Kranot, LIAF, London International Animation Festival In the cold outskirts of town, something is about to happen. The Kranots are back with a new kind of narrative about watching and being watched.

12min, 2017

Emanations: A Visual Poem (Patrick Jenkins, Canada)

Emanations: A Visual Poem, Patrick Jenkins, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalGorgeous hand-painted ode to the relentless cycle of life, growth and decay from perennial LIAF favourite Patrick Jenkins.

5min, 2017

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In a Nutshell (Fabio Friedli, Switzerland)

In a Nutshell, Fabio Friedli, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalFrom a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.

5min, 2017

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Starting Over (Mika Seike, Japan)

Starting Over, Mika Seike, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalYou fall down every time before you reach your goal. At each fall, the glass you held shatters, and everything starts all over again. But there are things you can only discover through repetition. The answer lies within yourself.

8min, 2016

It Is My Fault (Liu Sha, China)

It Is My Fault, Liu Sha, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA twisted commentary on technology, violence, and self-destruction utilising the medium itself to deconstruct its character’s damaged psyche.

5min, 2016

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The Walker (Thibault Chollet, France)

The Walker, Thibault Chollet, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA night in an almost deserted city. A man falls prey to his shadow.

6min, 2016

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149th and Grand Concourse (Andy & Carolyn London, USA)

149th and Grand Concourse, Andy & Carolyn London, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe diverse voices of the South Bronx and a backdrop of the rapidly changing streets. An animated portrait of New York City life in flux.

3min, 2017

Look-See (Daniel Savage & Ambrose Yu, USA)

Look-See, Daniel Savage, Ambrose Yu, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA gorgeously simple, playful character stretches, pulls and walks through a sparse monochrome grid.

1min, 2016

The Battle Of San Romano (Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland)

The Battle Of San Romano, Georges Schwizgebel, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe savagery of a battle as seen in the 15th century painting ‘The Battle of San Romano’ by Paolo Uccello and depicted by master animator Georges Schwizgebel.

2min, 2017

Little Girl (Steven Subotnick, USA)

Little Girl, Steven Subotnick, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA little girl rides her bike.

3min, 2016

Among the Black Waves (Anna Budanova, Russia)

image-on-its-wayAn ancient northern legend – a hunter, a seal-girl and the souls of the drowned. The sea holds many untold secrets.

11min, 2017

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