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LIAF 2018: International Competition Programme 6 – Animated Documentaries 2 (15)

December 3, 2018
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 117 new films from every corner of the world. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop. This is your annual window into the international indie animation universe.

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. We have noticed an upwards trend in this genre over the last 12 months and to highlight this there are two Animated Documentaries programmes in competition this year – also see Animated Documentaries 1 screening on Saturday 1 December at 20:45.

These films feature subjects as diverse as two sisters struggling with infertility and an unexpected pregnancy, the possibilities of gene editing and body augmentation, a young child coming to terms with face blindness, a moving account from one of the last survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb explosion and a compilation of traumatic, but amusing confessions from former music school students.

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One After the Other (Nicolas Pegon, France)

LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWandering around his house, Grant, a young American musician, looks for inspiration in his memories, foraging through things from the past scattered here and there.

2018, 13min

Carlotta’s Face (Valentin Riedl & Frédéric Schuld, Germany)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Carlotta’s Face, Valentin RiedlWhen Carlotta looks in the mirror, she doesn’t recognise the image reflected back at her. A moving exploration of the confusion that face blindness causes for a young child trying to make sense of her world.

2018, 5min

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Conception: Catie and Jen (Moth Collective, 2018)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Conception: Catie and Jen, Moth CollectiveTwo sisters struggle with infertility, an unexpected pregnancy and difficult life decisions. Sisterhood and motherhood meet in this powerful story of love, fear and trust.

UK, 4min

Letting Go (Ulo Pikkov, Estonia)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Letting Go, Ulo PikkovA layered, complex film channelling the elegant, brittle austerity that sits at the heart of what it can mean to be an orphan.

2017, 11min

Better Humans (Moth Collective, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Better Humans, Moth CollectiveSexy yetis, scientists and neon colours collide in a kaleidoscopic romp through the possibilities of gene editing and body augmentation.

2018, 3min

Sinking of the Truth (Tobias Gundorff Boesen, Denis Chapon, Marie-Jose Saint-Pierre, Tynesha Foreman, Wiep Teeuwisse, Sander Joon & Philip Piaget, Denmark)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Sinking of the Truth, Tobias Gundorff Boesen, Denis Chapon, Marie-Jose Saint-Pierre, Tynesha Foreman, Wiep Teeuwisse, Sander Joon, Philip PiagetA remake of ‘The Sinking Of The Lusitania’ (1918) the world’s first animated documentary, made by 7 animators setting out to unearth the truth in this age of fake news.

2017, 7min

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Obon (Anna Bergmann (Samo) & Andre Hormann, Germany)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Obon, Anna Bergmann (Samo), Andre HormannAkiko Takakura, one of the last remaining survivors of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, tells how amidst the terror, she found a moment of rare closeness with her father.

2018, 15min

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Travelogue Tel Aviv (Samuel Pathey, Switzerland)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Travelogue Tel Aviv, Samuel PatheyA young Swiss art student arrives for six months in Tel Aviv. Through drawing he learns to analyse, understand and free himself from this environment and its contradictions.

2017, 6min

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Musical Traumas (Milos Tomic, Croatia)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Musical Traumas, Milos TomicA rhythmic compilation of traumatic, but amusing, confessions of former music students and an attempt to visualise music with scrumptious, hand-drawn, psychedelic animation.

2018, 10min

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