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LIAF 2018: Opening Night Gala + Q&A with Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson – The Playful Worlds of Scotland’s Most Dynamic Animated Duo (15)

November 30, 2018
6:30 pm

Come and celebrate the opening of LIAF 2018 with a very special event – an evening with two of the most entertaining and talented young animators working in the UK today.

Insane pigeons, a misguided monkey, the existential crisis of an animated GIF, stifled musicians, the poetry of Robert Burns and fracking are just some of the characters and subjects tackled in the animated worlds of Scotland’s most dynamic double-act: Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson.

Graduates from Edinburgh College of Art’s animation degree course in 2011 and 2012, Will and Ainslie’s worldwide reputation has a bulging awards cabinet as testament to their talent, including two BAFTAs, two Mclaren Awards a British Academy Award, a nomination for the Cartoon D’Or and almost 50 awards at festivals around the world.

Under the guise of whiterobot.co.uk they work together as freelance writers, directors and animators on film, television, music video, web & interactive projects.

Always on the lookout to diversify their work, for the last 3 years they have been working on a feature produced by the Scottish Documentary Institute called Dom about a small animated cat that manifests out of a cancer scare – a grassroots story about cancer, how it shakes a family, how you can internalise your feelings, and how art is used as a form of escapism.

The London International Animation Festival is proud to present a career-spanning retrospective of their inventive, emotional, hilarious and fundamentally entertaining collective of work.

For this very special LIAF 2018 event, Will and Ainslie will join us onstage to discuss the many facets of their award-winning careers in animation and screen many of their most celebrated films including a sneak peak of their forthcoming feature ‘Dom’.

The Gala Screening has become a festival favourite – numbers are strictly limited. Book early to avoid heartbreak!

At barbican – tickets available 26 Oct

It’s About Spending Time Together (Ainslie Henderson, UK)

image-on-its-wayA very moving and long-overdue apology to Ainslie’s brother Oliver.

Winner of the BAFTA New Talent Award 2012

2010, 3min

The Pigeons’ Tour of Scotland – Hawick (Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, The Pigeons’ Tour of Scotland - Hawick, Will Anderson, Ainslie HendersonPigeons’, Ainslie & Will, are taking in Scotland’s sights and seeking inspiration. Ains teaches Will the Hawick tongue.

2016, 3min

The Making of Longbird (Will Anderson, UK)

The Making of Longbird, Will Anderson, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012A behind-the-scenes look at the battle of all battles raging between an animator and a character that just won’t do what it is commanded to.

Winner of multiple international awards including BAFTA 2013

2011, 15min

I Am Tom Moody (Ainslie Henderson, UK)

I am Tom Moody, Ainslie Henderson, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA surreal trip through the subconscious of a stifled musician, wracked with self-doubt, as he struggles to sing.

2012, 7min

Scroogin on a Greg (Will Anderson, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Scroogin on a Greg, Will AndersonPigeon pushing smoking.

2012, 1min

Monkey Love Experiments (Ainslie Henderson & Will Anderson, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Monkey Love Experiments, Ainslie Henderson, Will AndersonA misguided monkey believes he is destined for the moon.

2014, 9min

The Infinity Project (Will Anderson, UK)

The Infinity Project, Will Anderson, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalPlease support independent animation and help save these forgotten, malformed and starving drawings.

2015, 3min

Fracking. It’s Fucking Brilliant (Ainslie Henderson & Will Anderson, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Fracking. It’s Fucking Brilliant, Ainslie Henderson, Will AndersonScotland’s smartest pro-Fracking campaigner tells it like it is.

2014, 2min

The Pigeons’ Tour of Scotland – Ayr (Ainslie Henderson & Will Anderson, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, The Pigeons’ Tour of Scotland - Ayr, Ainslie Henderson, Will AndersonPigeons’, Ainslie & Will, are taking in Scotland’s sights and seeking inspiration. This time, they land on Robert Burns house and develop their poetry skills.

2017, 2min

James ‘Moving On’ (Ainslie Henderson, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, James ‘Moving On’, Ainslie HendersonDeath as a birth in a world of string. Music video for the band ‘James’.

2014, 4min

My Best Friend ‘Explodes’ (Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, My Best Friend ‘Explodes’, Will Anderson, Ainslie HendersonTwo reflexive animated characters cling to sanity inside the changing parameters of their world. The first of three short films made for ‘Adult Swim’.

2018, 1min

Have Heart (Will Anderson, UK)

Have Heart, Will Anderson, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA looping animated GIF has an existential crisis.

BAFTA nominated 2017

2017, 12min

My Best Friend ‘Rewinds’ (Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, My Best Friend ‘Rewinds’, Will Anderson, Ainslie HendersonTwo reflexive animated characters cling to sanity inside the changing parameters of their world. The second of three short films made for ‘Adult Swim’.

2018, 1min

Dom (feature film teaser trailer) (Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Dom, Will Anderson, Ainslie HendersonCancer strikes a young animator’s mother, propelling him into finding emotional solace in a curious cat called Dom.

2018, 2min

Stems (Ainslie Henderson, UK)

Stems, Ainslie Henderson, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA eulogy to the short life span of stop-motion animation puppets.

BAFTA Scotland winner 2015

2015, 2min

Work-in-Progress: Shackle (clip) and Betty (clip) (Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Shackle, Will Anderson, Ainslie HendersonClips from two ‘work-in-progress’ films.

2018, 5min

My Best Friend ‘Ends’ (Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, My Best Friend ‘Ends’, Will Anderson, Ainslie HendersonTwo reflexive animated characters cling to sanity inside the changing parameters of their world. The last of three short films made for ‘Adult Swim’.

2018, 1min